Melvin Gordon returns to form
Were eight attempts for 31 yards much against the Bears? No, but the 19-yard bruising touchdown certainly was. Gordon could finally breathe. Since then: 42 carries for 188 yards and four touchdowns, as well as chipping in four receptions for 54 yards.
Admittedly, it feels good to not have outwardly expressed disdain for the running back so quickly, because the NFL can change in an instant. Averaging 4.9 yards per carry against the Raiders, Gordon pushed the narrative from get him off the field to please give him the football again.
As a side note, Ekeler should have more than eight touches per game, or he at least needs to be given more receiving targets. However, it is worth noting he’s averaging 3.5 yards per carry since Week 5. Do with that information what you will.
So now it’s do-or-die time for the Chargers as they head to Mexico City to take on the Kansas City Chiefs, who are only second to the New England Patriots on the Chargers-have-a-hard-time-beating-them scale.
And here’s why Gordon is the key to the team’s success on Monday:
- He plays well against the Chiefs.
- Rivers needs help.
- To win road games (let’s face it, this is a road game) the run game has to work.