Rapid Reaction: Texans 31, Chargers 28
September, 10, 2013
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
SAN DIEGO -- A look at another jaw-dropping come-from-ahead loss for the San Diego Chargers -- this time 31-28 to the Houston Texans -- as the Chargers begin a new era:
What it means for San Diego: The Chargers are well, the Chargers. Unreal. And it’s not all Norv Turner’s fault. Turner’s teams were known for blowing games. Last year, on a Monday night, the Chargers turned a 24-0 halftime lead against Denver into a 35-24 loss. Stunningly, the Mike McCoy era has started in similar fashion. The Chargers led the Texans 28-7 in the third quarter. What a disappointing start for McCoy, who by the way was with Denver last year. His team was so impressive for so long Monday night, but the misery continues. Quarterback Philip Rivers was great for most of the night, but he will be remembered for an interception that Houston’s Brian Cushing returned for a score to tie the game at 28.
Letting Houston back in: The Chargers’ defense faltered the second half. It gave up huge plays on third-and-18 and third-and-13 to allow the Texans to cruise back into the game. The special teams also got into the choking act. The Chargers were called for a penalty on a field goal that gave Houston new life. The Texans ended up scoring a touchdown. That was a huge four-point swing.
Stock watch: San Diego receiver Eddie Royal had three catches, two of which were touchdowns. He was targeted often. Rivers seems to trust him. Overall, it was a good night for San Diego's maligned offensive line. King Dunlap and crew held star pass-rusher J.J. Watt in check for the most part. Not a lot was expected from this unit, but it came up big for much of the game.
What’s next: The Chargers go to Philadelphia to face the NFL’s flavor of the moment. Chip Kelly’s Eagles are the big curiosity in the league after beating Washington on Monday night. There is no doubt the Chargers’ defensive players will have to put on their track shoes for this one. The Eagles' offense goes fast.