Special Teams: A
The special teams unit’s performance this week could be broken down best through the original Star Wars trilogy. A New Hope, Tranquill Strikes Back, and Return of the Money Badger.
The Chargers decided that easing Michael Badgley back into the swing of things was overrated, and instead threw him out to attempt five field goals in the contest. Badgley hit 4four of five, his lone miss coming from 44-yards out.
Even with the miss, Badgley is a sight for sore eyes for Chargers fans. Ty Long did his job on his lone punt, pinning the Pack back to their own 18-yard line.
All this being said, the most dominant player on special teams was by far Tranquill. The rookie linebacker earned an elite 92.3 grade from Pro Football Focus. Tranquill’s best play of the game came with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter when he blocked a punt, quickly leading to a touchdown and a 19-0 lead for the Chargers.
While Nasir Adderly remains sidelined with an injury and Jerry Tillery fails to live up to expectations, the Chargers seem to have found a diamond in the rough in Tranquill.