Overall Grade: C-
A tale of two halves for the Chargers offense. In the first half, the offense looked as good as it had all season. They were balanced with both Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews marching the Chargers down the field. However, in the second half it was the complete opposite. The Chargers couldn't get anything going on the ground or through the air. The offensive line turned into ghosts during the second half and the extra protection that Rivers had in the first half was gone. The Chargers need to use the bye week to figure out how they can get their offense back into first half form and play at that caliber for the whole game.
Fourth Quarter Grade: D-
Where did the protection go? Was someone else going to step up and make a play besides Antonio Gates? The offensive line disappeared in the fourth quarter. Even a banged up Von Miller was blowing past the protection and into the backfield. It was some of the worst protection that I have seen all season and the Chargers struggled to get anything going from their slim receiving core.
3rd Quarter Grade: C
The Chargers struggled immensely in the third quarter. The offensive line became soft which completely killed the Chargers offensively. The Ground game was nonexistent and the passing game failed to get anything going. I don't know what happened at halftime but the Chargers need to turn this around.
2nd Quarter Grade: A-
The Chargers overcame the River interception and are putting together a clinic on offense. The Chargers are able to run the ball on the Broncos with ease, which is surprising based on how physical the Broncos front seven is. Undrafted left tackle, Mike Harris is doing a fantastic job protecting Rivers' backside.
1st Quarter Grade: B
The offense struggled to get into a rhythm early in the quarter, but to seemed to find a nice groove after the Antonio Gates touchdown. The offensive line is doing a decent job but their play will need to be raised if the Chargers want to keep pointing up numbers on the scoreboard.