Chargers grades: Offense
While 17 points is not enough to win most football games in this day and age in the NFL, it was just enough to win this one. Phillip Rivers was strong, ignoring the pressure to a large extent and hanging in the pocket long enough to make some pressure throws en route to 201 yards on 19/29 passing (65.5 percent completion). Russell Okung returned to glorious action and was a key element to the offense’s success, allowing no pressures from his spot protecting Rivers’ blindside. He was only able to play 36 snaps, a number that is sure to increase as his health improves. Mike Williams thrived in securing the long ball, going for three receptions and 69-yards with the longest connection going for 43. The running game yet again struggled, but as mentioned previously Gordon did find the end zone on one of his eight carries.
This is a really, really strong defense that the Chargers faced Sunday, a big test that the team passed, though barely. The run game still leaves a whole lot to be desired, and the passing game must improve if the Chargers are to beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers next week in a potential shootout.