The Chargers are starting the season 0-2 after Nick Folk made a 41-yard field goal to secure the win for the Tennessee Titans.
Offensively they stalled four times toward the end of the game and couldn’t score a touchdown when they needed it. The defense still has issues.
Here are the grades after the loss:
Justin Herbert didn’t turn the ball over and made some good plays. The last drive wasn’t pretty.
Running back: F
No Austin Ekeler means no run game. Titans are good against the run but there was no run game.
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams had strong games but the fact that they didn’t win the grade can’t be higher. Josh Palmer and Quentin Johnston need to have a role.
Tight ends: C-
They have been blocking well but haven’t really established themselves consistently in the passing game. Stone Smartt and Gerald Everett had nice catches.
Offensive line: D
Herbert had pressure all game long and the Harold Landry sack on third down toward the end of regulation was costly.
Defensive line: C
They did a better job against Derrick Henry but plus Morgan Fox had a sack, but they need to be better.
Edge Rushers: C+
Tuli Tuipulotu might be a playmaker for this team. Joey Bosa in a limited role generated two sacks.
Kenneth Murray had a big sack and probably his best game in a while. No Eric Kendricks hurt them.
Only four incompletions for Ryan Tannehill is not ideal. Big plays to Treylon Burks and Chris Moore hurt.
Bad play calling on offense when it mattered most. The defense can’t stop offenses when it matters most.
Next opportunity: F
Minnesota is also 0-2 but they have a great receiving duo in Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison that could have big games against this secondary.