Going into halftime the score is 10-3 and the Chargers are in the lead. There are some missed opportunities by the Chargers but a few key plays on defense has them in the driver’s seat.
The first play of the game started with a Derek Carr fumble on a botched snap. Phillip Rivers capitalizes with a 22 yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Floyd. The Raiders got a field goal midway through the 1st quarter and the Chargers got a field goal midway through the 2nd quarter. It has been a defensive game with both teams applying pressure to the quarterbacks.
The Chargers offense looks out of sync. The offensive line cannot get a push for the running game and they are doing horrible in pass blocking. Rivers is getting pressured quick so the play calling is off for the receivers. Because Rivers is rushing his throws, there are also poor throws going to the receivers. For the offense to succeed, they need to control possession with quick plays that move them down the field.
The defense is playing great and they must have 2 more quarters of stonewall football. They will need 2 more turnovers to give the offense more chances to capitalize. The front 7 is playing well but watch for the back 4 in the secondary to step up and shutdown the deep ball.
The Chargers will receive the ball to start the 3rd quarter. To win this game, they have to play efficient and play smart. If the defense continues to play physical then they can force the necessary turnovers to get a win.