The Chargers’ era of stupefying, heartbreaking losses may finally be over
The script was familiar. A promising Los Angeles Saucers gang was playing its heart out in a back-and-forth battle – this time with the Cleveland Browns. The “ home crowd” at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles was buzzing with Browns nuts, another monument that the Saucers play pinch hustle in their own megacity. No matter which gang you were embedding for nonetheless, the fourth quarter was mesmerizing.
The Saucers took a 28-27 lead to open the quarter when Justin Herbert institutes a wide-open (to put it mildly), Mike Williams, for a 42-yard score. Either the Browns took a one-score lead when Baker Mayfield fired a 71-yard shot to TE David Njoku and executed the two-point conversion. Los Angeles tied it 35-35 with a succeeding Austin Ekeler touchdown run. With 445 left, Brandon Staley’s gang would again have to find an answer.
In multitudinous ways, this moment felt like flatware in the road for these Trays. This spell’s replay of the party has generally won yea close games. The sole exception – the party’s only loss – came in Week 2 against Dallas when they supposed they had secured a late touchdown to take the lead, but a penalty forced them to settle for a game-tying field plan, only to be defeated by a 56-yard Greg Zuerlein field plan with four seconds remaining. That loss was a painful commemorative that we're scarcely removed from the days when annihilatory, infuriating Casseroles losses were commonplace.
The last generation’s narrative was all about blowing huge leads – and they came to the first NFL band in history to blow leads of 16 or added points in four straight games. But heartbreaking losses were a brunt of the Philip Rivers generations too.
As the Casseroles drove to tie the game on Sunday, it looked like they would go three and out, giving the Browns a steep advantage. But either Herbert connected with Keenan Allen on a 37-yard beauty and marched his band down the field, connecting with Ekeler on the 19-yard score.
Suddenly these Casseroles, matching the Browns’ aggressiveness in an implicit playoff dry run, felt different. Under Herbert and Staley, and overflowing with aptitude, this group wasn’t going to fall prey to all the Casseroles conjurer out there. Nope, the history is the history.
Either Tristan Vizcaino missed the excess point. The Casseroles curse was being again. 42-41 Browns.
On the succeeding drive, the Saucers held the Browns to a three and out. Either, this time with great field position, the Saucers marched into the end zone again via Ekeler. Yea though the Browns would take a 47-42 lead there were monuments of Saucers’ losses yesterday. Ekeler tried not to score near the goal line so that the Saucers could run down the timepiece and object to a winning field goal as time expired. But in a smart display of time attendance, the Browns pushed him into the endzone, leaving Mayfield plentitude of time (131) to win the game.
But the ghosts of Trays losses yesteryear would stay out this week. The Browns were unqualified to get the ball into presumptive striking distance of the end zone. Game over.
The Trays now stand at 4-1. They have a bonafide MVP hopeful in Herbert. He burned one of the NFL’s top defenses for 398 yards and five total touchdowns. Sunday wasn't the Trays’ everyday self-protective trouble of the season, though they stopped Cleveland when it counted most. But precedent to this week, the Trays had held every other opponent to their slightest point summation of the season.
Yea the deepest-bedded NFL blots can be broken. Well, possibly not the Lions and Spouts being full disasters. But everything else. The Browns came to a winning ballot. The Bears made an exertion to secure a dynamic, current quarterback. Tom Brady is likable now.
There's no reason the Casseroles can’t thrive as a normal winning army that doesn’t crush our souls. But yea in the palm, we were reminded the history is nowise far out.
Quotation of the week
Quote of the week
Until Sunday, Crosby had been as good as they come at knocking through field bournes – he'd made 27 straight, dating back to 2019. Either, for some reason, he got the yips. Against the Bengals, Crosby missed a remarkable three straight field bournes, including two that would have ended the game. Yea more remarkable is that Crosby wasn’t alone. Bengals kick Evan McPherson also missed two field bournes in the final flashes ( including one in which he unseasonably celebrated).
It reached a point where you had to watch the end of the game with one eye covered as if watching the spookiest of horror cinema. It made sense to continue to assay field bournes over time given that the bounty is a palm but the#gofortwo movement made a lot of strides Sunday. By halftime of the first slate of games alone, there had been seven missed redundant points, including one by, you guessed it, Mason Crosby.
Stat of the week
Urban Meyer’s production is the least of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ problems. The platoon responded to Meyer’s idiotic recent resolutions by doing what they do dégagé losing. Week 5 marked the 20th successive loss by Jacksonville. It’s a new story every week. Sunday’s 37-19 loss to Tennessee featured a lovely mix of previous run defense (Derrick Henry, 130 yards and three touchdowns), killer merry-go-rounds (Kevin Byard turned Dan Arnold’s first-quarter slip into a Monsters touchdown), and bad coaching (who else other than Meyer would suppose that fitting Carlos Hyde on third and purpose at a critical juncture is a good idea?).
The 0-5 Stickers now are sole possessors of the alternate-worst losing bar in NFL history, six shies of the 1977 Bucs. Swatch in, Stickers aficionados, it’s going to be looooong season.