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Bolts Bumble to Sloppy 7-6 Loss to the Browns in Cleveland

Another week, another round of missed opportunities.

Against the Broncos two weeks ago, the Chargers had a 24-0 lead before falling to Peyton Manning and the Broncos 35-24.

Sunday in the rain in Cleveland, the Bolts offense never got going, and Mother Nature was not kind to the kids from the west coast, as the Chargers lost to the formerly 1-win Browns 7-6.

Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson put on a show that the Chargers and their defense won’t soon forget.

Richardson raced through the San Diego D for a 26-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, and the Browns defense was able to hold the Bolts to 6 points on two Nick Novak field goals.

Philip Rivers connected on 18-of-34 passes for 154 yards for the Chargers (3-4), who have lost three in a row. Ryan Mathews carried the ball 24 times for 95 yards.

Novak kicked field goals of 43 and 31 yards for San Diego, which blew second-half leads in consecutive losses to New Orleans and Denver before its bye.

The Bolts had one golden shot to go ahead, but WR Robert Meachem dropped what would have been a 51-yard TD pass, and the Chargers never got another shot like that the rest of the way.

The Chargers had one last chance on offense following a punt from each team. San Diego started from its own 12-yard line with 2:36 to play. Rivers led the visitors to the 44-yard line of the Browns. However, four incomplete passes in a row resulted in a turnover on downs.

It’s a loss that could put Norv Turner and the Chargers coaching staff clearly on the hot seat.

This team isn’t getting it done, and now at 3-4 with three straight defeats, the Bolts could be looking at a long season if they can’t turn it around – and fast.

They will have a short week, then get set to play the Chiefs on Thursday night at home at 5:20pm.

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