Chargers defense struggles in 27-10 preseason loss to Titans

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs past San Diego Chargers defensive back Darrell Stuckey (25) and San Diego Chargers cornerback Craig Mager (29) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Murray ran 71-yards for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

The good news from tonight’s preseason NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the Tennessee Titans is that neither team appeared to suffer a major injury. Tourek Williams, who was the only player to leave the game with an injury for the Chargers, returned later and recorded a tackle.

Also, the Chargers’ offense looked reinvigorated by the playcall of returning Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Philip Rivers’ only series of the evening ended with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Melvin Gordon, his first touchdown since being drafted by the team in the 1st Round over a year ago.

The bad news from Nashville is that the Chargers’ defense struggled to slow down the Titans’ offense. After the first half, Tennessee’s QBs had completed 80% of their passes (with starter Marcus Mariota finishing the night a perfect 5/5) and their RBs were averaging 10 yards per carry and a touchdown every 9 rushing attempts.

Suffice to say, John Pagano’s group appeared to miss the two players that have been talked about the most this offseason at Chargers Park: Eric Weddle (who is now a Baltimore Raven) and Joey Bosa (who is still holding out over a contract dispute with the Chargers’ front office).

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  1. John Boner (R)

    Lets be serious for a moment – remember when we were playing the Steelers? Remember just needing 1 stop and we win the game? Remember watching Bell run over our defense to get the one yard the Steelers needed? It is going to happen all over again. If you thin the 1st team D was great just remember they were fresh – its late in the game that we would lose and this year will be just like last year losing because we cant stop the other team from picking up just 1 more yard. We should have drafted someone to play D-Line.

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