What’s the primary complaint fans should have against the San Diego Chargers from the entirety of the 2013 season?
No, it’s not their inability to finish games, although that has to be a close second. The top issue for the Bolts all year has been finding a level of consistent play and maintaining it on a week-to-week basis, and even general manager Tom Telesco said as much just a few weeks ago.
Clearly finding a level of consistency like the type of play the team displayed on Sunday against the New York Giants would be desirable. A 24-0 lead at the half pretty much had the game on ice heading into the second half, and that cushion came thanks to solid play defensively, balance offensively, and an overall sound effort from every player on the roster.
The secondary stepped up its game from the terribly suspect effort given in pretty much every other outing thus far. Getting a visit from a similarly struggling team on the offensive side of the ball certainly helped as Eli Manning’s difficulties continued for the G-men. Linebacker Donald Butler hauled in an interception as the Bolts surrendered just 241 yards through the air.
Another huge contributor to the team’s upward swing of momentum came from wide receiver Keenan Allen who just keeps making a case as the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Allen added two more touchdowns to his yearly total and broke the franchise record for receptions previously held by LaDainian Tomlinson. He is proving to be the biggest steal of this past year’s draft and is certainly making a strong case to be the top receiver on San Diego’s depth chart when camp opens up next season.
It would be nice to see the Chargers build off of this impressive showing and mount some additional momentum heading into next season. The team’s balanced effort offensively really aided the cause as Philip Rivers threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns while Ryan Mathews carried 29 times for 102 yards of his own with one score.
This win is a nice step in the right direction for a team trying to build a positive vibe heading into next year. The playoffs are still not out of the question even with the other contenders winning in the AFC, but the Chargers just have to keep trying to improve week after week as they build toward a brighter future.