It finally happened. The Los Angeles Chargers were finally on the winning side of a football game this season, defeating the New York Giants 27-22. This puts the team at a 1-4 record through five games.
The team finally closed out a game, and in a very refreshing manner. Melvin Gordon and Melvin Ingram dominated from start to finish. It’s encouraging that Philip Rivers could complete less than half of his passes and the team can still find a way to win.
I’m going to change the format of my weekly winners and losers a little bit. Instead of picking eight random winners and losers, I’ve decided to pick the biggest offensive winner and loser, the biggest defensive winner and loser, and finally a non-player or franchise winner and loser.
Winner: Melvin Gordon
I don’t normally like to pick stars as winners when they have games we come to expect from them, but with this kind of game from Gordon (and some later), it’s hard to ignore. The Chargers won on Sunday because of Gordon. He carried the ball 20 times for 105 yards and added six catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns. He ran with purpose and drive against a defense that is no joke. The Giants’ line is formidable and it was encouraging to see Gordon shake off a rusty start.
Yes, the Chargers’ line played well enough to open up the run game, but a lot of it was simply Gordon’s determination and grit to rack up extra yards. On the final drive of the first half, he made multiple plays to get the team down the field and as close to the end zone as he could. I mean, you did see that stiff arm, right?