LA Chargers: The great, good and ugly in win vs. Washington Football Team

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Mike Williams, Benjamin St-Juste
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The good from the LA Chargers win:

Mike Williams

Mike Williams was really good in this game and you could have easily put him in the great category, but we have to draw a line somewhere. Williams caught the only touchdown of the game for the Chargers and did exactly what the team needed him to do in the offense.

The jump-ball specialist finished the game with eight catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. His goal-line fade touchdown reception was a beautiful play as Williams showed his value to the team.

The play-calling

I would not say that the play-calling was perfect in this game but it was far better than what Charger fans were used to seeing last year. This is a team that knows it has one of the best quarterbacks in the league and leaned into that, throwing the ball 47 times.

What really stood out was the quickness of the play designs for the Bolts. The Chargers knew that this was a tough defense and actually molded the play-calling and play designs based on that. It was not the same song and dance, which was often the case last season.

Of course, we have nothing to compare it to but the Chargers had a near-perfect game plan against a really good defense.

The defense

Fans may have expected a bigger showing out of the defense, which finished with no sacks and no interceptions in this game. However, the defense came up big when it needed to and made stops when it needed to.

There were some big penalties that led to points (some were justified, others weren't) but the Chargers bent and did not break for the most part. Washington would have had 10 points without two key penalties which were really just mistakes by the Bolts.

If this is the floor of the defense just wait until the big plays come and the defense plays towards its ceiling.