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5 takeaways from a big Chargers’ road win over the Seahawks

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Melvin Gordon III #28, Tyrell Williams #16, and Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Melvin Gordon III #28, Tyrell Williams #16, and Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

5. Desmond King, flying under the radar

Casey Hayward, Derwin James,and Trevor Williams are probably the players in the Chargers’ secondary that get the most attention. But Desmond King may be the best corner on the team this season.

Graded by PFF, King is the highest-graded corner in the league. QB passer rating is 53.4 against him, the fourth worst mark in the league. He’s third in interceptions. Simply put, he’s been impressive and dynamic this season, and against Seattle, he came up with a game-breaking pick six.

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OVERALL

The Chargers suffocated Seattle on defense and lit them up, especially in the first half, on offense.  Sturgis has been dealt with, and for now, they’ve solved the kicking problem (FOR NOW). They sit at 6-2 in the driver’s seat for the first Wild Card slot in the AFC, and a pretty good chance at competing for the division with the red-hot Kansas City chiefs.

This is the best Chargers season through eight games in 12 years. This might be the best team in that amount of time as well. It’s OK to get excited.

NEXT WEEK

The Chargers visit the struggling Oakland Raiders for their second and final matchup of the season. While not a must win, there’s absolutely no reason the result shouldn’t be one. The Chargers must string together wins before a difficult stretch against some playoff-level foes at the end of the season.

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