The Chargers wore the familiar look not only of winners but of confidence.
“We’re finally winning games we’re supposed to win,” linebacker Stephen Cooper said.
We could talk again about Philip Rivers dodging pressure and working holes in another defense, playing wondrously in a season that could well end with an MVP trophy.
We could talk about a masterfully crafted plan and brilliantly called game by Norv Turner, who made a Picasso while working with water colors.
Jacob Hester didn’t want the ball to stick in bounds and have the Texans somehow recover and take over inside the Chargers’ 10. So he caught the opening kickoff, his momentum carried him out of bounds and the Chargers began their first drive at the 4.
Quarterbacks were not designed to do what Rivers is doing.
Philip Rivers made a strong case Sunday that he’s the most important member of the Chargers’ strong offense.
Executing without a host of playmakers and operating behind an offensive line shuffling parts, Rivers threw four touchdown passes and recorded a 137.2 passer rating in Sunday’s 29-23 win.