Bolts Beat Up The Best

Posted by on September 15th, 2014  •  0 Comments  • 

I don’t know what was worse…the sweltering heat from the 112-degrees on the field…or the heat generated by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the Bolts 30-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks yesterday.
 
Yes, those Seahawks.  The Legion of Boom.  The ones with the Super Bowl trophy.
 
It was a complete victory.  Rivers’ offense owned the game.  They wouldn’t let Seattle QB-Russell Wilson get his guys on the field.  And Rivers would not let his own leaky defense have to do too much either.
 
The stat sheet was painted all Powder Blue & Bolt Gold.
 
San Diego had an amazing 75-40-edge in plays…..had 42 minutes time of possession to just 18 for the visitors.  At one point Rivers offense had converted 10-of-13 on third downs.  Mike McCoy’s men had 17-plays of 10-yards or more against the champs, who looked like chumps, getting beat on mismatches all over the field.
 
And when Wilson did get the ball, he was under siege. The pass rush chased him around.  Melvin Ingram-Dwight Freeney and friends had 2-sacks,4-tackles for losses and 10-pressures against a QB that likes to move the pocket and run.
 
It was vintage Antonio Gates, with those 3TD catches and 7-receptions in all.  And while Seattle couldn’t cover the tight end, they didn’t cover either his slot receiver teammate Eddie Royal, who added 7-more receptions.
 
The Chargers were so hot, they even survived five penalties to their offensive line, that at first seemed to slow drives down, but in reality, kept the Seattle defense on the field even longer.
 
Loudmouth Richard Sherman was not heard from yesterday, but was seen chasing open receivers when he was not falling down.  The beast of a running back Marshawn Lynch had few carries and little impact.  And the fleet footed Percy Harvin scored a tainted TD on a 51-yard run, then fumbled, and did nothing the rest of the day.
 
So go figure.  San Diego loses to Arizona, whom you’d think they could beat, and then beats Seattle, whom most people thought would win.  The Seahawks had nine days to prepare for this, while the Chargers had just five.  Seattle walked in and acted like this would be a walk-over victory.  Instead they got trampled.
 
San Diego may have paid a price, with the knee injury to Ryan Mathews.  They paid a salute to fallen center Nick Hardwick, his season and career likely over, with Rivers wearing #61 on the back of his helmet, because he wanted Hardwick’s presence in that huddle at all times.
 
The Lightning Bolt and Heat Stroke, Seattle never recovered.  And this win is a signal, this offense may be as good as Denver’s, and we know there are still two meetings coming between those teams before this season is over.
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