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Chargers Week 4 Game Balls and the curious case of Derek Watt

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Chargers battled through numerous injuries in a much-needed victory over the Miami Dolphins. Philip Rivers and Desmond King were the keys to victory and each earned this weeks game balls.

The injury-riddled Los Angeles Chargers needed a get-right game after losing each of the two weeks to the Lions and Texans, and thankfully that’s what they got out of the Miami Dolphins. With all the injuries, there were plenty of opportunities for some younger players on the team to get valuable experience. Most of this year’s rookies, as well as Forrest Lamp, were all finally afforded valuable game minutes to show what they are capable of.

Keenan Allen was a silly penalty away from having another career day. Michael Davis was able to get his first career interception in his first game back from injury. Troymaine Pope was able to find the end zone at a key moment. Though many players performed well, there were two players who stood out the most as the ones who consistently made plays that ultimately impacted the end result: Quarterback Philip Rivers and defensive back Desmond King. They earned the game balls for this week’s victory over the Dolphins.

Before I get to them, I do want to give some honorable mentions to Joey Bosa, Dontrelle Inman, Austin Ekeler and Ty Long. All four of them have stepped up in a big way while the team has dealt with so many injuries and ultimately their play on Sunday made key contributions to a Chargers victory. Bosa was all over the field from start to finish. He received the highest Pro Football Focus grade from the team, something that has become a trend early on this season. Although the sacks are not coming in the types of numbers Chargers fans are typically accustomed to, Bosa is certainly making a big impact during games and there should be no doubt the sacks will eventually come. Before leaving with an injury, Inman was on pace for a career day. He showed off some great chemistry with Rivers and actually led the team in receiving. Ekeler continued his stellar play, totaling 122 yards from scrimmage and scoring twice. Long has bounced back rather nicely as a place kicker, perfect yet again on Sunday as he continues to prove his ability as a force in the kicking game.

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