The Los Angeles Chargers lost a crucial division game in Mexico City on Monday Night. The team got elite performances from Casey Hayward and Melvin Ingram.
Wash, rinse, repeat. The Chargers were plagued by offensive struggles in the red zone and ball security but still managed to have a chance to win at the end. The story of this 2019 season reared its ugly head again on Monday.
The Chargers’ defense, however, played lights out. Rayshawn Jenkins and Damion Square were great in spurts. Joey Bosa had his usual effect in the run game while still disruptive in the pass game despite being constantly double and even triple-teamed. That being said Hayward and Ingram really carried this unit and for that will be getting this week’s game balls.
Although there is much to be disappointed about in this season there have been a lot of positives when it comes to player development and performance. There are many Chargers players that are worthy of being Pro Bowl players this year (GO VOTE!) and they’ve had some young guys step up nicely after injuries to key starters.
Scott Quessenberry, Trey Pipkins, Drue Tranquill and Jenkins have all shown flashes of being capable future starters on this team. Bosa has taken a big leap forward as an elite edge defender, Hayward has bounced back from a “down” season and has put out elite numbers at the corner position. Hunter Henry has also taken a big leap forward since coming back from injury, and Austin Ekeler has proven to be one of the very best backs in the league.
So while there is a lot to sulk about concerning the team’s record, Chargers fans should try to focus on the many positives that have come from this season.
The following slides will highlight Hayward and Ingram for this week’s game ball award.