“Chargers…1-Victory..Can They Get Another?”
The often maligned defense came up big. The oft-questioned young running back showed up as a stud. And the coaching staff won the matchup game that changed the flow of the entire game.
For once all things clicked.
Chargers (43-35) Tennessee.
It all started early. The Chargers hit the Titans with formations they had not seen, and could not cover. End result, Antonio Gates caught a TD pass early, and wound up with 5-receptions early.
It forced the Titans to change their defense, and it allowed running back Melvin Gordon big time running room. When he was done, he had runs of 43-and-47 yards, enroute to a carreer best (196Y) rushing, and an additional (65Y) in receptions. A heavy duty performance.
And the defense stepped up, with takeaways and points scored off turnovers. They did not get there with the blitz, and yes Marcus Mariota hit them with a bunch of big pass plays, trying to play catch up.
But the Chargers made big plays. Another Casey Hayward interception. How did, why did, Green Bay let this guy go?
Brandon Flowers, the slot-corner, jumped a route, picked off a pass, and ran it in for a score. He’s played better the last month than he had in over a year.
And the Chargers defense chased down Mariota on a read option play. End result, fumble, Dwight Lowrey touchdown run with the loose ball.
The Chargers scored 17-points off the 3-turnovers.
Oh there was adversity. More injuries. 5-major penalties, some of them really stupid.
But in the end, for four quarters of football, the Chargers made lots of big plays, beating Tennessee for the 7th straight time at Qualcomm Stadium.
The win pushes the record to (4-5), and they are still way back of the other 3-teams in the division.
Next comes Miami, and a chance to continue this mini-winning streak.
The victory means little in terms of the vote tomorrow for the new Stadium.
But it gives hope that a team playing hard, led by a warrior of a quarterback, can win some games.
You wonder if there had never been a Joey Bosa holdout, where they would be in the playoff race, with this favorable schedule infront of them.
You think they’ve uncovered more good young players, and if they can get all the injured back next year, with Rivers at the controls, maybe they end this playoff drought.
Sunday brought them a win. We see what Tuesday brings them at the polls.
But Victory Monday feels pretty good, considering all the bad things that have occurred to this franchise on-and-off the field.