Bolts show no fire, suffer ninth loss of season 17-3 to Broncos

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SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Chargers are in the midst of a meaningless season, and their performance on Sunday proved it. 

The Bolts suffered a 17-3 defeat to the Denver Broncos showing no passion, no fire and it seems as though the once promising team in September has dwindled down to just the motions. 

The Chargers have now lost five straight at home and haven’t won against an AFC West opponent since Nov. 2014. 

“When you have nine of them (losses), they all hurt at this point because there have been so many,” Philip Rivers said after Sunday’s performance.

Denver came out strong on their first possession, methodically driving the field in under four minutes with Brock Osweiler ending it with a touchdown pass to a wide open Demaryius Thomas.

After that, though, the Bolts defense held its own giving up just three points the rest of the game. 

“They (offense) sturggled today, but defensively I feel like we did what we had to do,” Jason Verrett said. 

The Chargers offense has consistently failed to adjust and adapt to its situation. Even with all of the injuries to the offensive line, Mike McCoy still hasn’t found a way for Rivers to have time in the pocket to execute the playbook effectively. 

Throughout the game, Rivers was hurried and forced into poor decisions. His worst coming late in the first quarter when he tried to find Antonio Gates on a drag route, but instead found the hands of Danny Trevathan who returned it for a score.

Rivers leads the NFL with five pick-sixes this season. 

Melvin Gordon added to the atrocious display, fumbling twice and losing one. Gordon leads the league this season in lost fumbles among running backs. 

In the last two home games, the Chargers have been outscored 50-6. 

“I can’t tell you,” Rivers said after being asked why it’s been so difficult to score points at home. “It’s the same field, same size, (and) same width. I couldn’t tell you. The atmosphere is not much different here than any other place.”

The Bolts now fall to 3-9 and go to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs next weekend.

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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