Chargers welcome Aaron Rodgers with open arms
When Ingram is healthy, the Chargers have the best pass-rushing duo in the league. With all due respect to the Smith’s in Green Bay, the Chargers duo is on a whole other level and they proved that on Sunday.
Holding an Aaron Rodgers led offense to just 11 points is remarkable, shutting them out for an entire half is even more impressive. Before this game, the Packers’ offense had been rolling and the Chargers’ defense held them to their worst yardage and first down outputs of the season, and their second-lowest point total thus far.
Much of that can be attributed to the efforts of Bosa and Ingram. The Packers also employ one of the better running back duos in the league but the Chargers defense was mostly able to neutralize them and get the Packers offense behind the sticks early and often, which set up the pass rush for a big day.
Multiple writers here at Bolt Beat have written about how Bosa has taken his game to the next level by being so consistent in the run game. The same can be said about Ingram, who is just as good in run defense as he is at rushing the passer.
On Sunday, they each tallied 1.5 sacks and combined for six quarterback hits. That level of disruption will ruin any offense’s game plan. The duo basically could have put a mortgage down with the Packers’ backfield listed as the address.
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) November 4, 2019
As you can see from the video, Gus Bradley did a great job of getting the pass rushers lined up in positions where they could avoid any double teams. Even when the duo was lined up on opposite sides, it didn’t really matter.
Both guys were playing at such an elite level that they were totally unblockable. This type of performance is what we were all picturing before the season. Keep in mind that this was without Justin Jones who has developed into quite a player in his own right.
The Chargers have now won two in a row. A win this Thursday would put them at .500 and back in the thick of the playoff race. Look for the team to build off this win going forward. In the meantime, appreciate just how special of a win this was.