The San Diego Chargers completed their third preseason game, and their starters showed a huge improvement that should give them momentum to start the season. After last week’s demoralizing loss, the Chargers now have positives to work with as they complete the preseason. With such a daunting schedule ahead of them, this is good news for a team looking to build off of a playoff year.
The Chargers’ offense should be improved with added weapons and a more experienced offensive line. Philip Rivers has showed no signs of slowing down, as he was near perfect in Sunday’s game. He was able to spread the ball to multiple targets to keep the defense guessing. He looked confident and comfortable in the offense and was able to exit the game after a fine performance. The running game looked strong as well, which is a good sign for a team intent on using a three-headed attack during the season. The depth and versatility should cause plenty of headaches for opposing defenses.
After getting torn apart in last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the starting defense stepped up and made plays. The defensive line was strong in creating pressure, which needs to happen more consistently when the real games begin. The secondary has struggled, but it is getting better each week and needs to keep growing as a unit. They will be matching up with some of the best quarterbacks in the league and will determine whether the Chargers end up in the playoffs.
While the Chargers didn’t get the result they wanted, their starting group played extremely well and should ride this newfound momentum into the season. They may not get a lot of playing time next week as the coaching staff continues to evaluate some of the younger players, but the Bolts can be happy about their play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. After a tough game last week, this was a much-needed confidence booster that should serve the team well going forward.