Bleacher Report's 2014 NFL Midseason Report Cards - Grade: B (86)
The San Diego Chargers would very much like a mulligan for Week 9. As a matter of fact, the Bolts would probably like a do-over for the last few weeks.
After a 5-1 start that included a victory over the defending Super Bowl champions, the Chargers have dropped their last three games, including losses inside the AFC West to Denver and Kansas City.
Those setbacks were nothing compared to Week 9, however. The Chargers were pasted 37-0 by the Miami Dolphins last week, an embarrassing loss in which quarterback Philip Rivers posted his lowest single-game passer rating since 2007.
Rivers made no excuses for his performance while talking to Eric Williams of ESPN.com.
"There’s really no excuses," Rivers said. "I didn’t play good at all, and that’s stating the obvious. I don’t think anybody on our team thinks we played anywhere close to what we’re capable of. That’s what happens when you get beat like we did."
With that said, as Williams pointed out, Rivers wasn't alone in face-planting against the 'Fins:
The inability of San Diego’s defense to contain a Ryan Tannehill-led offense that had been inconsistent through seven games was the real culprit for the Chargers, and reason for major concern for this team moving forward.
Once again the Chargers were dominated at the line of scrimmage defensively. San Diego’s defense allowed over 100 rushing yards for a fourth straight week, and failed to finish with a sack for a second straight week.
The Chargers did not force Miami to punt until 3:04 left in the third quarter. The team’s best pass-rusher, Dwight Freeney, hasn’t recorded a sack since September. San Diego’s second-best pass-rusher, Corey Liuget, has just one sack in the last six games.
Those are big worries for the 5-4 Chargers, who have more than a little work to do during their Week 10 bye.
Game Balls: San Diego at Miami -
Dolphins reporter James Walker's game ball goes to quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 288 yards, three touchdowns and had a 125.6 passer rating. Undrafted Chargers rookie free agent Chris Davis gets the honor from Eric Williams.