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Chargers: Grading week two performance by position

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a call in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a call in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers can’t hold onto a first quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers can’t hold onto a first quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Chargers grades: Continued

Running Backs: B

Statistically speaking, the performance put on by the Bolts running back core was pure average. 25 carries for 137 yards resulting in a 5.5 yards per carry average. With that being said, the game film surely shows a different story than the stats. Both Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson had touchdowns called back by penalties (more on that later) that would’ve raised this grade substantially. Justin Jackson still leads the league in the yards per carry statistic, albeit with slightly limited touches.

Both backs have filled in very admirably these first two weeks, but anyone who thinks this team doesn’t miss Melvin Gordon is undeniably kidding themselves.

Wide Receivers: A-

Travis Benjamin being nonexistent aside, the receiving core did its job in this contest. Keenan Allen was two yards shy from a 100-yard performance, Mike Williams made the most of three receptions, but missed out on a touchdown (pictured above), and Virgil Green… well, he was there (one catch for nine yards). As Williams’ health improves he should benefit greatly on the double teams that are continually placed on Allen. Overall, while the unit missed some opportunities to change the game, the overall effort was more than satisfactory.

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