The Los Angeles Chargers improved their record to 4-2 on Sunday after going into Cleveland and putting a hurting on the Browns, leaving with a 38-14 victory.
Melvin Gordon was the star of the day as he carried the ball 18 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Tyrell Williams also made some big plays, catching three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense deserves a lot of credit as well as it made life miserable for Baker Mayfield, who had his worst game as a pro. He completed just 22 of the 46 passes he attempted while also throwing two interceptions. Desmond King had both of those interceptions.
They got after Mayfield all day, recording five sacks.
The game was never close as the Chargers jumped out to a quick lead following a 4-yard touchdown run by Gordon. At halftime, the Bolts led 21-6 and had a 35-6 lead after three quarters.
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The win marks the third in a row for the Chargers who have done what many fans expected them to do. They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, two teams that have yet to taste defeat this season, but have won their other four games. Looking at their schedule, that is a trend that could continue all the way until December.
Perhaps the most obvious thing with this year’s Chargers is the confidence that Philip Rivers is displaying, both in himself and his teammates. Rivers had another solid day Sunday, despite throwing an interception, but a second-quarter touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams was a perfect example of the confidence he’s playing with.
Despite being in triple coverage, Rivers threw him the deep ball anyway and Williams somehow came down with it. That was an early knockout punch delivered to the Browns.
WHAT. A. CATCH. ? pic.twitter.com/WkKdH5s0Rx
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 14, 2018
On top of all of that, the Chargers got the best game they have gotten from a kicker in quite some time, and it came from Michael Badgley, of all people. Badgley made all five of his extra point attempts while also converting a 44-yard field goal. Caleb Sturgis should be worried.
The Chargers head to Wembley Stadium in London to face the Tennessee Titans next week.