Los Angeles Chargers get to 7-6 with decisive victory over Redskins

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 10: Philip Rivers
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 10: Philip Rivers /

When was the last time the Los Angeles Chargers were playing this well? Go ahead and scratch your head, because it’s been a little while.

The Chargers picked up their fourth win in a row and have now won seven of their last nine games following a 30-13 drubbing of the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Truthfully, the result of this game already seemed clear before the end of the first quarter.

Philip Rivers looked excellent again, throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns. The team had such a good day that Rivers was on the sideline watching Kellen Clemens play quarterback for nearly the entire fourth quarter.

The Redskins just weren’t able to mount much of a threat. Kirk Cousins was able to pass for just 151 yards and the team averaged just over three yards per carry. Though the Chargers’ own rushing attack could still improve, Rivers looks about as comfortable as he ever has, so much so that the Chargers are dialing up end arounds and flea flickers…. and having them work to perfection.

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Keenan Allen kept up his torrid pace, catching six passes for 111 yards. Tyrell Williams added 132 yards receiving and found the end zone on a 75-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

The Chargers’ defense had another solid outing as well, keeping Washington to just 201 yards of offense. Linebacker Kyle Emanuel also had an interception of Cousins.

With the win, the Chargers now climb into a tie with the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the AFC West. Those two teams just happen to do battle next Saturday (yes, Saturday) in what will be the biggest game of the year for both squads.