SAN DIEGO –
“I think the biggest thing is, we’re 4-2,” Rivers repeated Monday. “We’ve been in a lot worse positions. We’re in a position right now at 4-2 where everything we set out to do at the beginning of the year is there for us.
“You can look at that two ways. Obviously we’re not playing as good as we can and we’ve won four games. Or, we’d better get it together or we’re not going to get done what we want to get done.”
Tightening the kaleidoscope, the Chargers face Kansas City in one week with a chance to equal last year’s win total within the division (three) at the halfway point. The preparation began today with a thorough revisiting of the disappointing second half that pinned San Diego with a loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
The Bolts constructed an 11-point lead with a defensive score and touchdowns on two of their first three possessions. When
San Diego’s lead then slipped to four points, but a 6-yard
Then Rivers spotted Jackson at the 22-yard line, two yards in front of the first down but also two yards in front of the nearest Jets defender. The ball’s trajectory placed it near Jackson’s back shoulder. As coverage closed, the football glanced off Jackson and flew several yards into Darrelle Revis’ hands.
An incomplete pass or a catch-and-tackle likely would have set up a
“If we kick a field goal there, we might be talking about how we found a way to win (again),” Head Coach Norv Turner said.
There were a few other things that did not work in San Diego’s favor during the second half:
• On third-and-3 from the San Diego 40 with almost four minutes left, Mark Sanchez’ pass to Santonio Holmes in tight coverage fell flat. But
“I think (pass interference) is the hardest call in the game for the officials,” Turner said. “I thought on both sides, both ways, there was a lot of hand-fighting and a lot of physical play. When you’re playing that way, it’s the luck of the draw (in terms of) how the official sees it, and we came out on the short end in terms of the number of calls.”
• San Diego scorched New York in the first half, winning a matchup of the NFL’s best third-down offense versus the NFL’s best third-down defense by converting 6-of-7, including two touchdowns.
The Jets held the Chargers to 1-of-7 the rest of the game with two interceptions.
“We knew we were going to be very challenged on third down. In the first half, we met that challenge. In the second half, they handled us on third down. That probably was as big of a factor in the game as there was, along with the first interception (on the pass intended for Jackson).”
• Burress caught just four passes, but three of them were scores.
“Plaxico is a very physical player and if you let him off the line clean he’s going to give you problems. We didn’t do a good enough job jamming him,” Turner said.
• Down six, Rivers had a chance at his 13th fourth-quarter comeback. San Diego got the ball with 1:36 left and no timeouts. Not ideal, especially against one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, but the Chargers have come through enough times late in games to feel confident in their chances.
With the Jets playing deep coverage, San Diego attempted to hit a pair of crossing routes, first to
“They were in a coverage where they’re not giving you the sideline,” Turner said. “We’ve had great success running crossing routes and getting the ball out of bounds, (but) we’d like to execute better than that.
“There was some confusion and we have to eliminate that. We had a couple different guys in there and we took a little bit longer to get lined up than we normally would.”