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Offense in Sputtering Skid Yet Again

Posted Dec 2, 2012

It happened again.

For the second time this season, the San Diego Chargers offense has gone at least six quarter without scoring a touchdown.

The last time it happened was Week 6 against the Denver Broncos through Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns.

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The current touchdown drought began in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, which included an overtime period, and continued through today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After being held without a point in the first quarter, quarterback Philip Rivers found wide receiver Malcolm Floyd for a 21-yard touchdown. Novak added a 47-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 10-0 lead at halftime. Since then, San Diego has been unable to find the end zone.

“We don’t want to be struggling; we’re trying not to be,” Rivers said. “Tonight for the most part, we didn’t turn it over until the last two (drives). We’re fighting like crazy to score. I don’t have one thing to give you. We’re in a rut and all we can do is keep playing.”

Overall, the offense has struggled to put the ball in the end zone throughout the course of the season. In 49 quarters this season, the Chargers have scored at least one offensive touchdown in only 19.

Despite the stretches of no touchdowns, the offense showed flashes of what it could potentially be and had plenty of opportunities to get seven points. Today, the Chargers offense had first down inside the Bengals’ 20-yard line three times, two of which were first-and-goal.

“We moved it okay at times,” Rivers said. “Again, when you don’t score touchdowns in a game, it’s hard to win. We still had a chance. That last drive, we would have liked to tie it up. We had to score a touchdown either way. 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.”

Even though they are struggling yet again, head coach Norv Turner expressed confidence in his offense.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in our guys,” he said. “I have a pretty good feel of the matchups – who we’re playing, where we have matchup strengths and where we have matchup weaknesses. That’s something that, obviously, when you don’t win, no one appreciates, but I appreciate what our coaches are doing in all three phases because we’re putting ourselves in a position to win games. Unfortunately, we’re not getting over the hump.”

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