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The 2016 San Diego Chargers Had A Devastating Week 1

Keenan Allen week 1 AustinKaylor61 via Flickr


Here we go again! Week 1 is in the books and there’s already reason for Chargers fans to feel discouraged this upcoming season.

The Chargers went to Arrowhead to face the Kansas City Chiefs in week 1. San Diego was a heavy underdog, which is understandable. The Chiefs are a team expected to do great things this year, and the only news out of San Diego this summer is that they ruined their 3rd overall pick because of a contract dispute.

Sunday’s game looked amazing to start. Even fans of San Diego had to be surprised. It was week one, Joey Bosa wasn’t playing, and the game was on the road in a crazy environment. Sure enough, the Chargers jumped out to a 21-3 lead, Melvin Gordon scored his first 2 touchdowns of his career, and Philip Rivers looked the same. Everything was going perfect. The defense even looked good. It was almost unreal.

Then, disaster hit. Keenan Allen didn’t get up after he fell down on an out route late in the second half. It was a scary looking injury. One of those “non-contact, fall down and don’t-get-up and probably never stand on the field again that year” type of injuries. It was brutal.

Personally, I have never witnessed one injury turn momentum so much. When the teams came back out for the second half, it seemed as if the two squads went into the locker rooms at halftime and switched jerseys. It was the complete opposite of the first half. The Chargers could not move the ball to save their lives.

Kansas City looked how everyone thought they would. Spencer Ware went for a total of 195 scrimmage yards. Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin hooked up on a touchdown. The Chiefs stormed all the way back and sent the game to overtime. In the extra period, Alex Smith drove all the way down the field on the first possession and ended up scoring on a QB keeper from around the three yard line.

After holding a 21-3 lead when Allen went down, the Chargers ended up losing 37-31 in overtime to start the season off 0-1. It seemed that, for the first hour and a half of the football season, the San Diego had some promise and was surely on their way to 1-0.

Week 1 was a wild one, but San Diego has to go down as the most disappointed team afterwards. After Allen went down, it was just almost like they got the life sucked out of them. At one point, it seemed like they didn’t even want to finish the game.

To make news even worse, word came out shortly after Allen was seen crying on his cart on the way off the field that he had suffered a torn ACL and would be placed on injured reserve. He will miss the entire 2016 season.

This is literally the worst news possible. San Diego is going to struggle heavily without their main guy. It’s only week 1, but it’s time for guys to step up and make a name for themselves.

But, for now, it’s starting to look like the Chargers may face another injury-plagued campaign. Last year, it seemed like it was the worst it can get. But, after week 1 of the 2016 NFL season, it is looking rather grim for the San Diego Super Chargers.