As the sun sets on yet another action packed NFL Sunday, 30 teams have played 3 games and 4 remain winless. With so many upsets over the last seven days, many NFL fans are questioning who the best last place team is in the NFL.
The Chargers rolled into week 3 coming off two straight losses to Denver on the road and Miami at home. Coming into Sunday, Los Angeles had lost 7 straight games, dating back to last year. The Kansas City Chiefs came into the intimate StubHub Centre in Los Angeles looking to defeat their division rivals, and they did just that, going back to Kansas City with a 24-10 win.
Even though the Bolts lost by two scores on Sunday, their record doesn’t truly represent their talent and skill. Both Los Angeles’ first two games against Denver and Miami were decided by a field goal. Miami was a playoff team last year while Denver is 2-1 this year hoping to reach the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl two years ago. As for the other 0-3 teams (Cleveland, New York Giants, San Francisco), all three have more Points Against than the Chargers and combined have only played 3 teams who made the playoffs last year. Also worth noting is the fact that San Diego lost both of it’s first two games on the last play of the game due to a missed field goal from rookie kicker YoungHoe Koo. Dating back to last year, seven of the Chargers’ last 14 losses have been decided by four points or less, showing that the team’s inability to take advantage of close games has clearly hurt them in the long run.
After their third loss against Kansas City on Sunday, it was clear the Bolts knew they would need to turn things around. After the game, quarterback Phillip Rivers stated: “We have to regroup and keep going. There’s no excuses to be made”.
The Chargers’ next game is this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Centre in Los Angeles, California.