Chargers dispatch of Dolphins to win first game in Miami in nearly 40 years

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Los Angeles Chargers have improved to 2-2 on the season after a 30-10 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Chargers got off to a slow start and even allowed the Dolphins to have their first lead of the season. At halftime, it was just a 17-10 game.

But the Chargers cruised through the rest of the game and finished with a 20-point win, their first win in Miami since 1981, a game that will forever be known as the ‘Epic in Miami’.

The Chargers improve to 2-2 on the year but that isn’t without some concern. The team is riddled with injuries at the moment and there were more in this game. Denzel Perryman, Dontrelle Inman, Melvin Ingram and Sean Culkin all left the game with injuries.

While it remains to be seen how serious most of those injuries are, early indications are that Culkin tore his ACL. With Hunter Henry down and Virgil Green missing this game, the Chargers are getting thin at tight end. Probably too thin.

Anthony Lynn said Sean Culkin tore his Achilles and is done for the year.

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It was a true collective effort from the Chargers. Philip Rivers threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Ekeler caught one of those touchdowns and also combined for 122 yards and added a rushing touchdown.

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But several players we don’t talk about as often produced as well. Inman caught five passes for 76 yards. Troymaine Pope caught a touchdown pass and Michael Davis had a key interception. Rookie Jerry Tillery was in on his first career sack as well.

As for Melvin Gordon, he suited up, but was never inserted into the game. Look for him to make his 2019 debut next week when the Chargers face the Denver Broncos.

The Chargers will have to hope that some of these injuries clear up before that game takes place.