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LA Chargers: Team grades from a confusing win over the Broncos

Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Stephen Anderson (82) runs along the sideline while defended by Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Stephen Anderson (82) runs along the sideline while defended by Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Linebackers and secondary

Denzel Perryman returned from his back injury in this one and his impact was certainly felt. This was one of the best games against the run this season in my opinion. It may not look that way on paper because of the total yards allowed, but the Chargers didn’t allow any big chunk plays outside of Melvin Gordon‘s 17 yard run. Other than that play, Gordon had 52 yards on 15 carries.

Kenneth Murray led the team in tackles while Nick Vigil picked up a sack and four tackles. Murray in particular looked as good as he did in the Patriots game. The Chargers are clearly trying to play to his strengths now.

The secondary played very well compared to some of the recent games. Casey Hayward seemed like Casey Hayward again after weeks of dealing with injuries. He had a crucial red zone interception on Drew Lock.

Michael Davis and Chris Harris had solid outings as well. Harris did drop an interception that would’ve ended the game more cleanly, but that seemed more unlucky than unskilled. Every week since he’s returned from injury, #25 has improved.

The reason I’d drop the grade a little bit is because the Chargers were assisted by Jerry Jeudy rubbing margarine on his hands before the game. They got lucky on some of those good Lock throws.

Mike Williams registered his first NFL interception!

Linebackers: B+

Secondary: A-

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