Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
It all comes down to third down. It’s where the drive is either extended or ended. Short or long, it’s important and demands respect.
This is where it matters. This is where we find out who won the drive. Either the defense will get the ball back for their offense, or the opposing offense gets their way and extends the drive.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 3rd-and-long or 3rd-and-inches. The defense wants and needs a stop. Not only does it get the ball back for the offense and provide opportunities to score, but it gives the defense much-needed rest as long as the offense doesn’t give it right back.
A fresh defense is an effective defense. Holding the Dallas Cowboys to 3-for-13 on third down is a great start.
This team is built to win the AFC West as long as they can stay healthy. The Chargers have the depth to deal with injuries to a lot of positions, but the jury is still out on the depth of the offensive line with such a big series of injuries. Hopefully the Chargers can stay healthy, take back the divisional crown and at least make a deep run into the playoffs.
After two years without making the playoffs, a deep run is long overdue. This team has the proper tools, they just need to stay healthy. When healthy, this offense can put up points with the best of them with long scoring drives and big shock plays.
We all love those big-shock plays.