By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
The Chargers will look to improve upon their winning record on Sunday by winning consecutive games for the first time since their win over the Browns in Week 5. This game will test their player development as the 7-5 Chargers will be without key starters in this match-up. Keenan Allen, Derwin James, and Asante Samuel Jr. will be inactive for the Chargers. The 4-8 Giants will be without, their starting quarterback Daniel Jones and veteran cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.
This Chargers team would be looking for consecutive wins for the first time even without All-Pro receiver Keenan Allen for only the third time in his young career, Herbert would make the game look simple. By connecting on 23 of his 31 passes and finishing with three touchdowns. Herbert’s 28th, 29th, and 30th touchdown of the season makes him the first quarterback in the history of the National Football League to throw for 30 or more touchdowns in the first two seasons of his career.
Herbert’s 14th completion, in the game, on Sunday gave him at 725 for his career, setting the all-time mark for a player through their first two seasons. This, also marked Herbert’s 12th game with three-plus touchdown passes. Making it Herbert’s eight game with three touchdowns and no interceptions. This is the most by any quarterback in the first two seasons of their NFL career.
When asked about the importance of winning consecutive games for the first time since week five, Justin Herbert said post-game, “Coach Staley brought that up in the meeting on Tuesday, and he talked about how we haven’t put together two wins like that in a while. So, to have that type of mindset heading into the game, the guys were focused, dialed-in. They executed the ballgame, so that was good for us.”
“The more I’m with him, the less I’m surprised.” Staley would say about the play of Justin Herbert in this game. When asked, Staley was also about them rattling off 30 unanswered points in their 37-27 win over the Giants. Staley would then say about this, “in that stretch there, we just played team football in all phases!”
The defense, minus Derwin James, would get the stops they needed. Led by their other All-Pro defender Joey Bosa, to allow the offense to put points on the board in that second and third quarter. Though Bosa would only record one official tackle, he would get four hits on the Giants quarterback and force a fumble. This would be the fifth game out of six where he recorded a sack and the fifth time, this season, he forced a fumble. Bosa now leads the NFL with five strip-sacks this year, the most by a Chargers defender in a single season since DE Marcellus Wiley had five in 2001.
“Anytime we can get a lead like Joey Bosa becomes dangerous! Because we all know if we can get those consistencies of ops (opportunities) for him rushing the passer, that he will do that!” Stalely said post-game about Joey Bosa. He supported his statement by mentioning Joey’s production this season, “He’s got five forced fumbles, five strip-sacks on eight and a half sacks.”
Fifth-year linebacker Kyzir White led the Chargers with 10 tackles (five solo) on the day, which gave him, a career-best, 106 tackles on the season, leap-frogging safety Derwin Jr. James for the team lead in tackles. After Sunday’s win White and James Jr. become the first pair of Chargers teammates in the last twenty years to each have one hundred tackles in the same season.“This guy is having a fantastic season, and today was a great example of where he’s going with his game, developmentally- being able to run the show. He’s one of us, and we’re very fortunate to have him,” Staley said post-game about the play of his linebacker Kyzir White.
In regards to their quick turnaround for Thursday match-up with their division rival, Kansas City Chiefs, Staley admitted he thought the biggest challenge would be, “from the performance side of things.” He also told the media, “Right now we got a huge recovery station in there (in their locker room). We wanted to start that recovery process right now; we did not want to wait until Monday. To make sure that they take advantage of all the resources that we pour into them so they could be their best on Thursday night.”
The Giants were a team the Chargers should’ve beaten, aside from a couple of inconsequential scores late in the game, the Chargers dominated the Giants just as they were supposed to do. The test for this team will be in dethroning the back-to-back conference champions. Adding to the difficulty level is the fact the Chargers beat them on their home field back in week 3. The Chiefs, however, are coming to town with a 9-4 record overall. They have an 8-2 record since they last played the Chargers.
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