As expected, the Week 9 contest between the LA Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles was a close, back-and-forth battle that came down to a final second score. In the end, the Chargers walked away with the victory thanks to a successful three-point attempt by kicker Dustin Hopkins that put them ahead 27-24.
All three units for LA had their ups and downs, but it was a rejuvenating performance to watch after back-to-back disappointments in recent weeks. The offense found much more rhythm and special teams secured the win at a crucial time to boost this team to their first win in three weeks. Signs are pointing up for the Chargers, but there are still fixes that have to be made ahead of more difficult competition.
Here are the unit grades for the LA Chargers in Week 9 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chargers offense Week 9 grade: A-
LA's offense bounced back in a big way on Sunday. Though it wasn't as consistent a performance as fans would like, the Bolts put together some previously missing pieces and converted at clutch moments to walk away with the win.
Justin Herbert showed off his resilience in this game. The young QB was electrifying throughout the afternoon. He reminded everyone of his accuracy and arm strength, connecting on 32 of his 38 attempts for an average of 9.4 yards per pass. Herbert also avoided a single turnover in the victory and walked away without being sacked for the whole 60 minutes.
In addition to throwing for two scores, Herbert also managed an eight-yard rushing touchdown and collected 14 total rushing yards in the victory. Herbert's performance earned him an A+, and he was the clear leader of this top-tier offense in Week 9.
One thing that knocked his offense down from an A+ rating all around is an early struggle to convert. The Chargers couldn't put points on the board despite four tries in their first trip to the red zone. They ended the day three-for-six on red-zone conversions, and they have to be more dominant in scoring range if they want top honors. This game could have been broken open if Herbert and Co. connected more efficiently on their scoring chances, but instead, their inconsistency kept the Eagles in the game until the very end.
Lastly, LA's run game was very average in Philadelphia. The offense failed to get into the triple digits for rushing yardage and ended with just 89 total yards and an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Austin Ekeler led the ground attack with 59 yards, many of which came in a clutch four-quarter drive that propelled the Chargers into scoring position.
The late acceleration of the run game is the only reason the offense didn't drop to a B here. Ekeler carried the team on his back in the Chargers' final possession as he shook tackles for multiple first downs and capped it all off with a 16-yard carry that set up prime field position for a winning boot.
Overall, this offense looked lively and balanced in the win. Every position took turns making plays and keeping the Chargers on track for a much-needed victory.