The Chargers (3-5) learned Sunday that knocking out the Patriots (6-2) in Foxborough is one of the NFL’s tallest orders — too tall for Los Angeles in a white-knuckle 21-13 loss to New England. Here’s what we learned:
Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa entered the game with 34.5 combined sacks the past two seasons, tops among any pass-rushing duo league-wide. How the Patriots countered these two powerful beasts reminded me of their victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, with Tom Brady unfurling a flurry of quick-release passes to his stable of versatile running backs. Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead combined for 163 yards off 14 grabs, keeping the defense honest in between the occasional deep shot downfield. The Patriots quarterback saw plenty of heat, leaning on brilliant footwork and eyes in the back of his head to avoid free rushers. Bosa couldn’t be kept down entirely, though, sacking Brady in the second quarter to bring his takedown total to 8.5 on the year and 19 over his first 20 games, an NFL record.
Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler has played in just two games this season.
However, at least one player, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, took what coach Bill O’Brien described as “a personal day,” that ESPN reported was related to McNair’s “inmates” comment though O’Brien declined to comment on that aspect of Hopkins’ absence.
What O’Brien did say was that he’s “100 percent” with his players after McNair’s comment.
Earlier in what turned into a tumultuous day in Houston, McNair said in his statement: “I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom offended by it.”