The Los Angeles Chargers surged for a dominant home win over the Packers in Week 9. Looking back at the studs and duds from the victory.
For the first time in what seems like ages, the Los Angeles Chargers did something that they haven’t been able to well in the entire 2019 NFL season: run the ball. In the past four games, the Chargers have combined for a total of 142 yards. Against the Packers in Week 9, they ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Following the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, it was clear that the team’s offense, particularly their running game, needed a spark. Handing the offensive play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen seems to have done the trick.
With regards to the passing game, although no touchdowns were thrown, quarterback Philip Rivers nonetheless had a solid outing in the win over Green Bay, completing 21 of 28 pass attempts for 294 yards.
Alongside the running game, the win is also largely credited to the Chargers’ defense. With the exception of giving up a field goal and a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers didn’t allow the Packers offense any opportunities to score.
Constantly applying pressure on Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Chargers were able to effectively contain the Packers offense: the latter finished with a mere total 184 yards of offense. In other words, the recently unstoppable offense was unable to generate any sort of momentum thanks to the Chargers’ stout defense.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the Los Angeles Chargers’ studs and duds in this Week 9 win against the Green Bay Packers.