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Like Deja Vu, Offense Shut Out in Second Half

Posted Dec 2, 2012


The second half has not been a friend to the San Diego Chargers during their current four-game losing streak.

For the second straight game and third in their last four, the Bolts scored three points or less in the second half, including being shutout the past two weeks by the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. The lone exception came against the Denver Broncos three weeks ago, when the Chargers scored 16 second-half points.

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 “I think teams get a handle on who you are, what you’re doing and matchups,” Chargers head coach Norv Turner said. “We’ve seen people be much more aggressive with us in the second half. As I said, sometimes those problems you’re talking about come from an inability to protect and block and sometimes they come from guys getting covered. In this game, in the third quarter, I think we were doing everything we can not to make the big mistake and turn the ball over. We were backed up the first two or three times we had the ball, so there are a lot of things that go into it.”

Against Baltimore, the Chargers went three-and-out on four of its six possessions in the second half and in overtime. In San Diego’s seven possessions in the second half against Cincinnati, the Chargers went three-and-out three times and turned the ball over twice.

Still, the Chargers remain optimistic that their offense can turn things around get those key scores to close out games.

“Sometimes it’s a couple of plays that turn the outcome of the game,” said Danario Alexander. “We just have to get those plays going our way and we’ll get the ‘W’.”

The team has certainly had opportunities to score, and even though things aren’t going the way they want it to, they will keep fighting until they right the ship.

“When you don’t score touchdowns in a game, it’s hard to win,” said Philip Rivers. “We still had a chance.  That last drive we would have liked to tie it up.  We had to score a touchdown either way.  The turnover, down 17-13, we still had to score a touchdown.  It was either going to be a win or a tie.  Four straight downs, four straight incompletions down there.  It’s kind of the way it’s going right now.  We’re making it go that way, but that’s kind of the way it’s been.  We have to keep fighting.”

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