The Chargers went into Sunday looking to start their season 6-2 for the first time since 2006. The did just that, as they became the first AFC team to win in Seattle since 2011. They won 25-17, but the game really wasn’t that close. Bosa was still inactive and it looks like he won’t be back for at least another two weeks. On the bright side, the Chargers defense was still elite without him, and continue to show a huge improvement in run and pass defense. The Chargers are on a 5 game win streak, and they don’t look like their stopping anytime soon.
The Chargers offense was amazing as usual, Melvin Gordon battled a hamstring injury all week, but ended up playing. He had another impressive performance with 113 rushing yards and 1 TD. Ekeler had a quiet day, but it was all about the passing attack. The receiving core looked like its usual form. Keenan Allen had 124 receiving yards but no TD, and Tyrell and Mike each had deep TDs. Phillip Rivers continues to have a MVP-caliber season, but there is a lot of candidates in the NFL right now. Any other season Rivers would be leading the MVP race right now.
The Chargers defense played solid all game, they only allowed 10 points until the two-minute period of the 4th quarter. They had to come up clutch on the last play off the game, just like the Titans game. It has been the definition of “Bend, don’t break” defense in the late 4th quarter for the Chargers defense. It would have been nice to keep the game less close, but it made for an stress-inducing conclusion. Philon got hurt during the game and it looked serious, Rochell had to step up and play the rest of the game and he got another sack on the season. Desmond King had an amazing pick six, that pretty much sealed the game.
An exciting update to the season, is Hunter Henry in December, reported by Adam Schefter. Raiders week has started, even though the Raiders have pretty much given up on the season after they lost 34-3 to the 49ers. They still need to be taken seriously, they are a still an NFL team and the Chargers can’t get cocky about their matchup. The Chargers have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL in the month of November, they are going to have to capitalize this month, because their December schedule is one of the hardest in the NFL. They play the Steelers, Bengals, Chiefs, Ravens, and Broncos in December.