LOS ANGELES, CA- Chargers Fly Past Cardinals 45-10
“Last Sunday we took an L, but tonight we BOUNCED BACK!” - said the Chargers probably. The Chargers were clicking on all cylinders Sunday scoring a season high of 45 points. Philip Rivers only missed one pass all night throwing 259 yards with 3 TD 0 INT. Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson solidified the run game totaling up 178 yards. Defense also caused turnovers and got to the QB looking like a contending defense.
Philip Rivers broke a rare record Sunday, completing 25 consecutive passes in a row having his first incompletion in the late of the third quarter, with that Rivers completing 96.6 percent of passes. Rivers was on point to say the least, throwing dimes to where his wide receivers can get. Mike Williams stepped up catching 4 reception 25 yards and 2 TDs. His first TD was on a towering throwing over CB Benwikere. The second was almost in the same exact place but this ball was thrown out of bounds and Williams catch it tippy-toeing his feet with inches to spare. Rivers 3rd TD was to Keenan Allen, Chargers leading receiver of the day with 72 yards on 10 catches, on a scrambling Rivers finding Allen in the right corner yet again another tippy-toe catch. An MVP performance from the 15 year vet leading the Chargers to 8-3.
The run game was very present totaling 178 yards from all 4 RB’s on the depth chart. Melvin Gordon rushed for 61 yards and 2 TD. Gordon’s first touchdown was ona 28-yard rushed breaking free from initial contact and wasn’t touched after that. The second TD was 5 yards out right up the pipe almost falling to his feet but manage to stay up and dive in the endzone. Soon after that on a double reverse a Cardinal DL tripped Gordon which resulted him landing on his right knee awkwardly. He was out remainder of the game initially diagnosed with a minor MCL sprain. Due to that we seen more of explosive back of Ekeler. Ekeler mange to rush to 35 yards on 5 carries and 1 TD. The touchdown was a 2-yard rush through the middle with a pile of Chargers leading the way. We also got to see rookie RB Justin Jackson who had 8 carries rushing for 57 yards averaging 8.1 yards per carry. I was very impressed with Jackson opportunities he had and look forward to the Chargers utilizing him next week since Gordon is ruled out.
The Chargers Defense, also known as the Jack Boyz, didn’t get a turnover in last weeks lost to rival Broncos. That all changed Sunday with Rookie S Derwin James got his second INT of the year. It was a simple curl route by C. Kirk but Rosen under threw it right where James was to pick it off. Happy to say the Chargers defense was on point also getting to Rosen twice both sacks coming from Joey Bosa. Bosa had his debut last week due to a foot injury but it did not look like that was bothering him one bit. The biggest number that impressed me was 149. That's how much yards the Cardinals mange to get. Rosen threw for only 87 yards and the running backs ran for a total of 62, LA also held the Cardinals to only 10 points.
Overall the Chargers look perfect. Looking forward to the schedule they have Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Baltimore and Denver. Realistically I see the Chargers losing maybe 2 more games maybe less. With all this bouncing back from a divisional rival Broncos and now blowing out the Cardinals, the Chargers could not lose a game until a Thursday Night Football December 13th rematch from week 1 against rivals Chiefs. If the Chiefs somehow fall apart before the season end the Chargers could swoop up on the AFC West title. With all this I give the Chargers an A+ and excited to see this team play football at a high level getting closer to the playoffs.