By Alex Scarborough and Adam SchefterThe San Diego Chargers are 1-3 after dropping their final two games of the season to fall to 0-2.
Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.1.
It wasn’t a great season for Philip Rivers.
Rivers is 6-6 with a 4.55 ERA in his last seven starts and the Chargers had to deal with a lot of injuries to key players including safety Tyvon Branch, running back Melvin Gordon, wide receiver Keenan Allen and tight end Larry Donnell.
It’s been a rocky start to Rivers’ career.
It took him more than a month to get to that point, though.
Rivers was sacked seven times and was sacked 11 times in his first three starts.
He threw five interceptions and threw a pair of picks, including a pick-six in the fourth quarter.
It was a tough first game of the year for Rivers, who threw for a career-high 4,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in the season opener at Denver, but the Chargers’ offense had problems getting the ball to the receiver.
Rivers struggled to find open receivers and had to do a better job getting to the quarterback.
His completion percentage was 59.9 percent, down from 59.8 percent in his two seasons in the league, but it was the first time in his career he completed at least 60 percent of his passes.
The Chargers have also struggled with turnovers and missed opportunities to score points, which is one of the biggest areas of concern for Rivers and his team.2.
The Broncos didn’t play well enough to make a big difference.
The defense had four sacks and only one interception in a 34-24 loss.
Denver did not have enough time to get the ball out of the backfield and was unable to get pressure on Manning, who was sacked eight times and took two sacks for a loss of six yards.
The only way the Chargers could have won this game would have been if they played well enough.3.
Philip Rivers is a good quarterback, but his team needs to start getting better.
The Denver defense was dominant in the second half and was dominant on third downs, but they were unable to put points on the board on third and fourth downs.
Rivers completed just three of his four passes for 19 yards, and he was sacked five times.
He was sacked four times in the third quarter.4.
The offense can still do much better.
Philip Ryan threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos and ran for 124 yards and two scores.
He had four carries for 35 yards.
His best throw was a 20-yard touchdown pass to running back Tyrell Williams, who ran for a touchdown on the Chargers touchdown drive.
Ryan also threw an interception.
Ryan threw three touchdowns on 23-of-38 passing, but had three interceptions.5.
The Raiders have been great, but I still think Philip Rivers has a long way to go.
The Oakland offense is averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
Rivers averaged 5.8 yards per attempt last season.
The 49ers averaged 4.6 yards per play last season, but Rivers was still able to produce at a high level.
Rivers threw for 315 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers.
He completed seven of eight passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns.
He also ran for 77 yards and one touchdown.
The Chiefs had two touchdowns on the game-winning drive with a 37-yard pass from Justin Houston to tight end Vance McDonald.
The Jaguars scored two touchdowns off a three-yard run by wide receiver Brandon Tate.
Rivers had three carries for 28 yards and had one catch for 16 yards.