Chargers win, move into first-place tie in AFC West

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Four weeks into the season, the Chiefs were 4-0 and the Chargers were 0-4. Only an idiot would have given the Chargers a chance to win the AFC West.

Now everyone gives the Chargers a chance to win the AFC West.

The Chargers’ recent surge, combined with the Chiefs’ collapse, has left both teams at 6-6 and now in a tie for first place in the AFC West.

Today the Chargers beat the Browns 19-10, with Philip Rivers leading the way on offense with another 300-yard game, and Joey Bosa leading an excellent defensive effort. Bosa destroyed Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer with a blindside sack that caused a fumble and ended the Browns’ last, best chance at a comeback. The Browns did get the ball back again after that, but Kizer threw an interception to seal the loss.

Kizer showed some toughness hanging in there against a good Chargers pass rush, but he also looks overmatched right now. He’s just not ready to be an NFL starting quarterback.

If there’s any good news for the Browns it’s that Josh Gordon is back. Gordon, once among the NFL’s best offensive playmakers, has been out for three years because of drug suspensions, but in his first game back today he looked very good, routinely getting open and making plays when Kizer could get him the ball. Gordon had four catches for 85 yards and would have had more if Kizer had thrown the ball to him when he was open. Gordon is the real deal.

And the Chargers have a real chance at being a playoff team. They’re still not filling their tiny new stadium in Los Angeles, so it appears that the local fans aren’t too enthused. But the Chargers are playing good football.

14 responses to “Chargers win, move into first-place tie in AFC West

  1. The Cleveland football team needs to have its franchise revoked; as a Redskins fan I am willing to donate that team in the NFC to be removed. The NFL does not need guaranteed wins for opposing teams.

  2. I couldn’t believe it when their new kicker missed his first attempt. But he made the next four plus a PAT so good signing Telesco!

  3. They couldn’t handle a shift at your local Flying J. Another strong performance by the Gregg Williams First Down defense.

  4. “Really rooting hard for Rivers the record doesn’t show it right now but this could be his year.”

    I’m right with you, Ryann. C’mon Phillip. You got this baby.

  5. You could have Gordon, Megatron, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith in their prime on the Browns currently but with no QB, what do you expect?

    Kizer’s ND coach…….

    “I’ve got a lot of relationships built on trust with G.M.s and head coaches in the NFL,” Kelly said. “I’m going to be honest with them and honest with DeShone. There’s a lot of growth that has to take place. But I go back to what are the common threads a great player needs to have. He’s got to have traits of excellence. He’s got to be able to have attention to detail and that focus, he’s got to be smart and he’s got to have the ability to grind and a great attitude. He’s got those traits but they’ve got to be continuously worked on. Whoever takes DeShone, he’s not a finished product in those areas. But when he does get more time to work on those traits, you’re going to have a great young man and a great quarterback. The skills are out there, you can see them. You can go to the workout and see that he’s got those skills, he’s just not complete yet.

    “If you want to draft him and say come on, turn it over to him, you’re going to have to support him with great leaders around him and great leadership. But if you’re going to give him time and get a mentor for him, you’re going to have a great guy. That’s my honesty when I talk to G.M.s and head coaches.”

    So who do we name starter at the beginning of the year?………..but hey, Hue Jackson is a QB guru no?

  6. Not to cause a hub bub. I’m a Raiders fan and I want them to win as much as possible. But the truth is having my team struggle against the Giants (Crabtree, Cooper, or not) is proof that should they make the playoffs they’ll get blown out. Raiders/Chiefs can go either way, Raiders/Chargers as well. Will probably put up a fight against Dallas but lose and my team is gonna get BLOWN out by Philly the way the Raiders are playing. Some of you think this is Rivers year. C’mon they like the Raiders today had their hands full with the Browns.

  7. Love the team…hate the management. The “relocation” is executive speak for “ditch” like in screw the fans. A lot of empty seats in the soccer field. There’s simply no fan base in L-a-L-a-Land. If anything it will all go to the Rams.

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