Week 5’s loss to the New Orleans Saints was filled with plenty of positives and negatives for the Bolts. Here is what we learned from Sunday night’s 31-24 defeat.
1. Pass Protection Must Improve – The offensive line was successful all night long in providing ample running lanes for
2. Secondary Must Step up – The Bolts have been outstanding vs. the run all season long, consistently ranking in the top five in the league since Week 1. Defending the pass, however, has been another story. Defensive coordinator John Pagano has said he will do whatever it takes to get pressure on the quarterback, whether that means bringing four, five or six pass rushers. The Chargers have the personnel in the secondary to be successful in these scenarios, they just have to put it together when in man coverage.
3. This Team Has Character – The Chargers could have taken the easy road and blamed the officials for some questionable calls that turned the tide in the Saints favor. But whether it was the personal foul for roughing the quarterback on
4. Mathews is Back – After a frustrating start to the season, Ryan Mathews showed just why he is one of the more dynamic running backs in the league. The third year pro rushed 12 times for 80 yards and one touchdown and caught a team-high six balls for 59 yards. His first touchdown of the season showed the tremendous vision he possesses as he bounced the ball outside, and also showcased his tremendous athletic ability as he soared over the defender at the goal line to dive into the end zone.
5. Rivers and Meachem Finally on Same Page – It took a lot longer than either would have preferred, but the Rivers-to-Meachem connection finally came alive as the former Saint scored two touchdowns against his former team. The first score showed the receivers quick hands, as he cradled in a bullet thrown slightly behind him that was threaded between two defenders. The second one displayed Meachem’s elite speed as he burned passed the secondary to haul in a 44-yard bomb from Rivers.
6. Where’s Gates? -
7. Brown Chips In –