Chargers running back Melvin Gordon didn’t score any touchdowns during his rookie season, which joined fumbles and a knee injury as reasons for disappointment about how things played out for the first-round pick in 2015.
This season has already gotten better in one respect. Gordon scored from the one-yard line to cap the first Chargers drive of the season and give them a 7-3 lead over the Chiefs in Kansas City.
Gordon also ripped off a 17-yard run on the drive, but the other big plays came through the air. Philip Rivers hit Keenan Allen for 14 yards, Tyrell Williams for 33 yards and then threw a pass to Allen that forced a pass interference call on Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters.
The Chiefs moved into Chargers territory to open the game thanks to a 28-yard pass play to running back Spencer Ware, but things stalled at that point and Cairo Santos scored their first points of the season on a field goal.