It may have been only for a game, perhaps only for four quarters of play, but on Sunday one thing was true: Phillip Rivers was back.
Rivers tossed the rock to the tune of 21-of-28 (75 percent completion) for 294 yards. Playing nearly mistake-free football, Rivers completely out-dueled fellow future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers.
His favorite target by volume was Henry, but Mike Williams was the recipient of a few beautiful deep balls that led to a stat line of three receptions for 111 yards. If any criticism can be made it would be that Keenan Allen was not terribly involved, again.
Allen was well covered and is a focal point of defenses playing the Chargers, but getting your superstar receiver only four targets is disappointing at best.
For the run game, Gordon got the volume he has been requesting and made the most of it, to a point. Gordon finished with a sub-par four yards per carry, but showed the big-play ability with a few long runs, including one punctuated with a beautiful hurdle.
Gordon continues to return to form, slowly but surely. Perhaps more encouraging than Gordon’s play was the use of Austin Ekeler, who took 12 carries for 70 yards (5.83 yards per carry). This offense is at its best when both of these dudes are sharing the load and playing great football and this game was as concrete an example of that fact as ever.