The San Diego Chargers entered Week 9 fresh off of a bye week without suffering a loss or surrendering a touchdown in nearly a month. Obviously no one expected the Bolts to keep the opposition out of the end zone forever, but continuing their winning ways against a Washington Redskins squad that wasn’t exactly clicking on all cylinders seemed totally feasible.
That’s why they play the games.
This loss wasn’t just like any other loss, however, as the Chargers appeared to get the victory over the Redskins with under 30 seconds left on what was called a Danny Woodhead touchdown on the field and later overturned. After a less than successful three downs from the one-yard line the team settled for a field goal and trudged into overtime. After a defeat of this crushing fashion head coach Mike McCoy summed things up best to the team website saying:
“Every loss (hurts) if you ask me. It doesn’t matter what time of the season it is (or) when it is. This game is all about winning. That’s what we’re in this business for, to go week in and week out to win the game… It always stings and then you hope the next Sunday can come tomorrow morning just so you can play another game to get that bad taste out of your mouth.”
As much as the defeat to the Skins hurt, San Diego still has a big opportunity waiting in front of them in Week 10 in their first meeting with the Denver Broncos. This game marks the first of the Chargers’ four games with both Denver and the Kansas City Chiefs in the next eight weeks. Even though both squads have a substantial cushion over San Diego at present, that’s nothing a couple of head-to-head wins can’t trim down in a hurry.
The Chargers could find plenty of room to operate offensively against a Broncos defense that has proven quite susceptible to the pass thus far this season. Denver actually ranks below the Chargers’ porous pass defense which is 27th in the NFL at 30th in the league stopping teams through the air. Their secondary has been allowing 299.1 yards per game which could mean a big day is in store for Philip Rivers and the no-huddle offensive attack that has proven so effective for the Bolts in recent weeks.
There’s no doubt the Chargers are itching to get back on the field and put that painful loss to Washington behind them. With Denver also giving up the 7th most points in the league at 27.2 San Diego will have ample opportunity to put the ball in the end zone. The biggest concern will clearly be keeping Peyton Manning and that vicious Broncos offense off the scoreboard enough to get a win.