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Report Card: Grading Chargers’ effort in win against the ‘Fins

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to the crowd against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth 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 waves to the crowd against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the football during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the football during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Chargers Grades: Continued

Running Backs: B

This is the problem with grading units over individual players. I ran into this last week with Keenan Allen being far better than his fellow catchers. Now I struggle to grade the running backs. Looking at the numbers, Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope combined for a very pedestrian 28 carries for 80 yards.

The difficulty in this grade comes from wanting to reward Ekeler so much more for his stellar game all around. We will talk about Ekeler more in the pass-catchers section, but for right now the running game was just average in a game that the Chargers led for almost 58 of the 60 minutes.

Wide Receivers: A

No Mike Williams, no Travis Benjamin, so who shows up for five catches and 76 yards? Dontrelle Inman of course. The sixth-year wideout had a stellar performance in relief of the Chargers typical second, third and fourth (including Hunter Henry) pass catchers being sidelined.

After Inman we return to talking about the multi-talented Ekeler who caught five balls for 62 yards to supposedly wrap up his duty as the starting back for 2019 with Melvin Gordon expected to return. Oh, and Keenan Allen picked up 48 yards on five grabs, narrowly missing a sixth that went for a touchdown, brought back on a very questionable offensive pass interference call.

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