CARSON, Calif. — Just when the Los Angeles Chargers’ season appeared misplaced, they place collectively their greatest game of the yr from 1 of the league’s prime teams.
Melvin Gordon scored two touchdowns and the defence held Environmentally friendly Bay’s Aaron Rodgers to one of his worst outings as the Chargers dominated the Packers on Sunday, profitable 26-11.
“For whatever cause we do superior when it is a small bit ‘the Chargers never have a prospect.’ I do not know why. I never feel any one gave us a opportunity in this 1,” claimed Philip Rivers, who bought his 1st win over Green Bay. “I wish we did much better when everybody considered we ended up really very good like the beginning of the year. All 3 phases did a heck of a position.”
Green Bay came in as the next-very best workforce in the NFC but had its four-activity profitable streak snapped to drop to 7-2.
“This was a excellent slice of humble pie for us. We’re variety of rolling, 7-1, and beginning to pay attention to the chatter probably a little as well significantly,” explained Rodgers, who threw for 161 yards, his fifth-cheapest overall when he plays all four quarters.
For the to start with time this 12 months, the Chargers (4-5) seemed like a staff that won 12 video games and designed the playoffs very last season.
The offence was well balanced and moved the ball continually in Shane Steichen’s initially game as co-ordinator, and the defence held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers out of the conclusion zone until finally halfway by means of the fourth quarter. Michael Badgley kicked four field targets in his initial match back from harm.
Steichen, who was promoted soon after Ken Whisenhunt was fired last Monday, named a very good game as the Chargers held the ball for virtually 36 minutes and averaged 6.5 yards for every participate in. Los Angeles did not have a a few-and-out on any of its nine possessions and only experienced to punt the moment.
The operating sport, which experienced been held below 40 yards in 4 straight video games, experienced a time-superior 159 yards. Gordon, who came in averaging only 2.5 yards per carry, had 80 yards on 20 carries and Austin Ekeler included 12 carries for 70 yards.
“We founded the operate and committed to it. It was supplying them enough options,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn reported. “Shane did an excellent career. I believed he was aggressive when he needed to be. He organized nicely all week and the gamers have self esteem in him. Everyone stepped up and did what they experienced to do.”
Most of Gordon’s carries arrived in the next fifty percent, including a pair of 1-lawn TDs off remaining guard in the 3rd and fourth quarters. He also had the perform of the match when he hurdled more than Eco-friendly Bay defensive back Chandon Sullivan through a 16-property achieve in the third quarter.
“I was finally in a groove,” Gordon mentioned. “We obtained a prospect to actually try to seal the sport with the operate, so I was unquestionably thrilled about that.”
Rivers finished 21 of 28 passes for 294 yards, and Mike Williams had the initial 100-lawn getting working day in his three-yr vocation with a few receptions for 111 yards.
Defensively, the Chargers pressured Rodgers all day with nominal blitzing and sacked him three instances. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram just about every had 1 1/2 sacks. Bosa has 5 1/2 sacks in his earlier three online games.
“A lot of four-gentleman rushes, and they bought following us a little little bit up front. We’ve acquired to get again to defending and throwing the ball out in time and remaining exact,” mentioned Rodgers, who accomplished 23 of 35 passes.
Rodgers bought most of his yards in the final 15 minutes immediately after he was held to a occupation-very low 61 yards as a result of three quarters. He discovered a wide-open up Jamaal Williams for a 10-yard landing with 6:21 remaining and then ran it in for the 2-stage conversion.
Packers operating again Aaron Jones arrived in averaging 137.8 scrimmage yards in his earlier 4 games but was held to 29 yards (30 hurrying, minus-1 getting). Davante Adams had 7 receptions for 41 yards just after missing the very last 4 games since of turf toe.
Los Angeles dominated the initially 50 % on each sides of the ball but could not get into the conclude zone as Badgley equipped all the factors with area targets from 29, 40 and 34 yards. The Chargers obtained 250 yards in the 1st 50 percent and experienced a pair of scoring drives that started inside of their 10. They gave up only 50 yards defensively, the initial time because 2011 they experienced allowed that number of in the 1st 50 %.
It was only the third time beneath Rodgers — and very first time considering that 2013 — that the Packers have experienced 50 yards or fewer in the initial fifty percent.
“Truly when you search at it, at the 50 percent we have been quite fortuitous to only be down 9-,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur explained. “Our defence did a good job of preserving the Chargers out of the stop zone. Offensively, there was no rhythm in anyway.”
Very long TIME COMING
The Chargers beat the Packers for the second time in 12 conferences and the first time considering that 1984.
Chargers: OT Sam Tevi and LB Denzel Perryman each experienced knee injuries and did not return. Badgley kicked for the initially time since the preseason following missing 8 game titles with a groin personal injury.
Packers: Host Carolina next Sunday. Environmentally friendly Bay is 4-1 at residence.
Chargers: Travel to Oakland for a Thursday night recreation from the Raiders.