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Chargers vs. Falcons: San Diego's Biggest Winners & Losers from NFL Week 3

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks on against the Atlanta Falcons on September 23, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Alex RamirezCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

Was 2-0 too good to be true? Not sure. All we know now is the Chargers need help, fast.

After an embarrassing 27-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, San Diego has a lot to work on. While watching the game, the first thing that popped into my head was this article. Finding the "losers" was quite simple. Even my dog walked out of the room when Philip Rivers threw his first interception. 

On the other hand, who were the winners?

Nothing stood out for the Chargers besides all the mistakes. Ryan Mathews looked to be a "winner" up until he fumbled. Malcom Floyd also looked to be a "winner," but his constant drops earn him a spot on the low-light reel. Plain and simple, not one thing went right for the Chargers unless you want to be nit picky. Some might say Nate Kaeding is a winner because he was the only player to score for San Diego, but I'll leave that to you.

This tweet sums up the day for the Chargers.

 

When Antonio Gates drops a pass, the day is over for the Chargers.

— Alex Ramirez (BR_SD) (@alexramirez127) September 23, 2012

 

Instead of listing every player on the roster as a "loser," I'll just point out the biggest of the big.

 

Offensive Line

Philip Rivers was constantly being rushed and knocked down throughout the game. Both of his interceptions as a result of pressure plays. 

 

Philip Rivers

He had no chemistry with any of his receivers and looked sloppier than last season. The pressure was too much for him, so he panicked all game and just threw balls up for grabs. San Diego's entire offense was stagnate all day long.  


Ryan Mathews

Everything was going well for Ryan Mathews until he fumbled the ball at the 4-yard line. After the turnover, Mathews barely touched the ball for the rest of the game. He finished with 44 yards on 10 carries. At least he wasn't the single reason San Diego lost today.

The defense should get a pass after this game, seeing that they were on the field for most of the day since the offense couldn't do a thing.

Most articles recapping this game may end up being rants coming from Chargers' writers.

Don't worry everybody, it's only Week 3. San Diego is still 2-1 and first in the AFC West. Don't give up just yet. The Chargers WILL bounce back next week against the Chiefs.

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