Optimism: Chargers offense is struggling
Both the Titans and Chargers are coming off painful losses to teams that they both fully expected to beat. While the Titans entered the season with playoff hopes, the Chargers were rolling in as Super Bowl contenders. Philip Rivers had one of his best seasons last year, while the defense found footing with Joey Bosa and Derwin James leading the way.
However, this season has not been as fruitful. The Chargers have struggled to find offensive identity. The team has particularly struggled against middling competition, such as the Broncos and the Steelers. Even with the return of running back Melvin Gordon this past weekend, the Chargers were unable to break 20 points.
Rivers has six fewer touchdowns and three more interceptions than the 2018 season at this point. Mike Williams has disappeared as a red zone target, while Austin Ekeler hasn’t been able to sustain the ground production that was vital to the Chargers’ success last season.
The Titans defense has a chance to crush the Chargers with an opportunistic secondary. Kevin Byard and Logan Ryan have combined for five interceptions this season and have been able to shut down teams from scoring with a top-five scoring defense thus far. The defense might be able to enact revenge for last year’s narrow loss in London.
Now, we move on to reasons for concern.