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Author: Jon Kuzma
This just in the Los Angeles Chargers are a really good football team. A lot analysis picked this ball club to make it to the Super Bowl and clearly there was some merit behind those selections. Last night was a perfect example and somehow the Chargers rallied from a 23-7 deficit in the first half. Philip Rivers was a big part of the reason why and he actually had a better night than Ben Roethlisberger. Rivers ended up airing it out for 299 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Most of those passing yards went to Keenan Allen who hauled in 148 yards and 1 touchdown. Those two players have such good rapport and they’re always on the same page. If teams can’t pressure Rivers and find a way to eliminate Allen then there’s no chance of beating LA. Derwin James was also very good in this game notching his 3rd interception of the season. Desmond King was the other standout defender he recorded a team high of 10 tackles. Maybe the craziest part of the night was on the final play. Chargers kicker Michael Badgley had to attempt three game winning field goals because the Steelers kept jumping offsides. Badgley actually missed the first kick so Pittsburgh bailed him out. It’s that lack of discipline which continues to haunt Mike Tomlin. Everyone knows how much talent there is on the Steel City’s roster but it’s often wasted because of boneheaded decision making. Last night was another example of that and it’s obvious there is a pattern here. Bill Cowher would’ve found a way to win with a 23-7 lead and it’s because he would’ve shortened the game by running the ball. Pittsburgh only had 17 rushing attempts and that’s a big strike against the coaching staff. We’re starting to see a change in power. Anthony Lynn is climbing the coaching ranks while Tomlin is tumbling.
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