LOS ANGELES, CA-Chargers Hold Off Seahawks 25-17 for 6th Win
The Los Angeles Chargers came out and executed on offense right out the gates, scoring on their first two drives that were more than 88 yards to start. Chargers also to manage to run, as a team, more than 150 yards. The majority coming from RB star Melvin Gordon and dual-threat of wideout Keenan Allen. Passing wise Philip Rivers threw for 228 yards 2 TD’s and 0 INT, once again. The defense also came to play getting 4 sacks and a pick-six. Also a goal line stand with 0 seconds on the clock.
Melvin Gordon didn’t miss a beat coming off a hamstring injury that sidelined him two weeks ago vs the Titans in London. Rushed 16 times for 113 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry, also a TD. Keenan Allen also got in the mix rushing for 28 yards on two carries. Allen showed flashes and his great open field rushing skills and could see more of this in the Chargers future. The rushing TD came right after the big 54 yard reception from Rivers to Allen on a pitch-out on the right for 34 yards making a defender miss all the way to the endzone.
Wideout Keenan Allen rack up the receiving yardage with 124 yards on 6 receptions and 10 targets thrown to him. And yes he didn’t score a TD since week 1 and that continued this been kept out the endzone once again. The receivers that did get a touchdown was big-play man Tyrell Williams who caught only two balls for 23 yards and a TD. The TD was a dime thrown out of reach of rookie CB Tre Flowers. The second touchdown was to WR Mike Williams only catch for 30 yards. Mike manage to keep both feet in bounds on the sideline catch that was later reviewed but it didn’t get overturn. Rivers looked great overall throwing 13/26 228 and no INT. Rivers has thrown 19 TD and only 3 INT on the season which is a career high through 9 weeks.
Defense came through in the clutch when needed a couple times. The biggest defense stop was the turnover pick-six. The INT was form Desmond King, third on the season, that was sleeping on the little out flat route that Wilson didn’t see and threw it right to him that resulted in a pick-six. The Chargers D managed to get 4 sacks on the game two coming in the fourth. The biggest stop was the last play of the game where Wilson, with the clock winding down with no timeouts, threw up a prayer and CB Michael Davis, starting over Trevor Williams this week, got a passing interference called on him. Next play with 0.0 seconds remaining Wilson throws to wide open David Moore but pass deflected by S Joseph Addai that ended the game.
Overall the Chargers improve to 6-2 riding on 5 game winning streak. Still second place in the AFC West creppin’ on Division leading Chiefs. The Chargers face the rebuilding Raiders (1-7) in the Black Hole, in hopes to improve winning streak to 6. The only problem that got my blood boiling was the terrible performance of K Caleb Sturgis. Missing 2 XP and 1 FG. I continue to wonder what any coaching staff sees in this kicker. If Sturgis made all of his kicks then the Chargers would’ve been up 30-17 making a comeback impossible. I sound like a broken record but if the Chargers want to contend for a Championship a new face need to be at the kicker position. Besides that the Chargers are underrated and with MVP at QB I see the Chargers continue to win and turn heads on the way.