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LA Chargers: Team grades from a wild OT win in Vegas

Alexander Insdorf
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after an interception against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after an interception against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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LA Chargers receivers and defensive line

This was a really impressive effort from the receiving group. Allen and Williams were truly as limited by injury as they could possibly be. The pair combined for three catches and 39 yards.

In their place, the young guys were studs. Guyton had four catches for 91 yards, including the deep ball from Herbert that set up the overtime touchdown. Johnson had three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Even Hill finally got involved for the first game this season by picking up a big 3rd down conversion and catching three passes.

Hunter Henry was his usual self. Five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. That ball Herbert threw back across his body to him for a 1st down was beautiful.

All in all, the young receivers and Henry stepped up without Williams and Allen. I’ll be curious to see if they can replicate some of these performances.

The defensive line was really great against the run. Joey Bosa, Justin Jones and Isaac Rochell did a great job when it came to containing Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker. Each of the five Chargers’ tackles for loss felt huge in this one.

The pass rush was certainly worse than the run defense. They got one sack on Marcus Mariota throughout the game. The pressure was simply never consistent enough. The amount of opportunities they let Mariota use his legs to escape was troubling too.

Receivers: A-

Defensive line: B-

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