Chargers Fall Short Against Powerhouse Rams Week 3
Week 3 was the biggest challenge for the Los Angeles Chargers against the stacked Los Angeles Rams. A few things stood out for me: Chargers couldn’t stop the run against both Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown, couldn’t stop Jared Goff and company through the air and three costly mistakes were made in critical moments that prevented the Chargers from winning.
The run was established early with RB’s Malcom Brown and Todd Gurley. Brown rushed for 42 yards on 6 carries while Gurley rushed for 105 yards on 23 carries and 1 TD. The Chargers defense couldn’t stop the run early so gave the Rams opportunities to balance out their game play through the air. Miss tackles and open gaps were happening more often than not and Rams executed perfectly. Rams OL did a great job giving both Jared Goff time to throw and Gurley holes to run. Only allowing 1 sack all game the Chargers Defense seems to be lost without pass rushing stud Joey Bosa.
Goff had a great game throwing 29/36 354 yards 3 TD and 1 INT. The INT was to S Derwin James, first NFL INT, who picked it off in the end zone on a incredible stretch and length. James ran the ball out to the Chargers own 1 yard line which led to the Rams blocking the punt and recovering in the end zone for a TD. The leading receiver for LAR was Robert Woods catching 10 balls for 104 yards and 2 TD. Another reciever that shined was Cooper Kupp who had a 53-yard reception on a dime thrown by Goff and a missed tackle down the stretch on one-on-one coverage.
Mistakes were made from the Chargers that could've changed the outcome of the game. The Rams defense forced a total 2 fumbles one of them was in the 4th quarter with 4 mins ago that stopped the momentum that pretty much sealed the game for the Rams. A lackluster 53% on converting 3rd down was a big problem on Sunday that needs improvement if the Chargers are planning on making the playoff this year. The Chargers defense also allowed 541 yards which is the most they allowed all season. Winning teams don't win while allowing that much yards.
On the bright side Philip Rivers didn’t throw a INT for the second week in a row which, for fantasy owners, is good. Maybe due the early exit of start CB Marcus Peters who left with a injury early in game. Melvin Gordon always continues to put in work on the ground scoring yet another rushing TD with 80 yards. The brightest star for the Chargers offense was WR Mike WIlliams, who seems to me, to be the No. 1 receiver in Sundays contest. Williams caught 4 balls for 81 yards and 2 TD. One of those TD was a 42-yard reception diving catch in the endzone over corner Marcus Peters. In conclusion the Chargers have a now favorable matchup next week vs the San Fran 49ers. Which the 49ers unfortunately lost start QB Jimmy G for the season. If the Chargers can execute on the absence of Jimmy G I can see the Chargers bouncing back at StubHub Center in week 4.