The LA Chargers hosted the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football with Brandon Staley's job likely on the line. A loss against the Bears may have ended Staley's tenure as the Bolts' head coach while a win kept the team close enough to make a playoff push.
When the dust settled, Staley and the Bolts emerged victoriously over the Bears in what was a fairly comfortable win. This is exactly the kind of low-stakes win that the Chargers needed at this point of the season. Hopefully, for fans, it can snowball into some serious momentum for the team.
While it is hard to completely gauge the Chargers in a game against a bad team like the Bears, there were still some positive takeaways (and one concerning) that fans can fall back on.
Positive Chargers takeaway: Austin Ekeler is still an elite pass-catcher
Austin Ekeler has not done much this season. He was fantastic in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins, missed three games after that, and has not been the same since coming back from the ankle sprain after the Chargers' bye week.
While Ekeler still did not run the ball well, he reminded everyone that he is still an elite pass-catching option. The Chargers' offense was humming in the first half and Ekeler being a reliable outlet pass-catcher was a big reason why.
Ekeler had his best game since Week 1 and even got the Chargers on the board with a long touchdown reception in the first quarter. With multiple injuries on offense, the Chargers are going to need to lean on Ekeler as a pass-catching option.