Chargers score 20 unanswered points to rout Dolphins 30-10

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The Chargers didn’t need Melvin Gordon. They didn’t need their kicker either.

And Philip Rivers didn’t even finish the game, with Tyrod Taylor getting a chance in mop-up duty after the Chargers scored 20 unanswered points to pull away from the Dolphins 30-10.

Los Angeles ended its two-game losing streak to move to 2-2 on the season. The Dolphins remain winless.

Gordon dressed but watched from the sideline as running backs Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope scored touchdowns.

Ekeler had 18 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 62 yards and a score. Pope had 20 yards on 10 carries and 14 yards and a score on two catches.

Rivers went 24-of-30 for 310 yards and two touchdowns.

Punter Ty Long never had to punt, but he kicked field goals of 44, 45 and 51 yards in what should earn him consideration for AFC special teams player of the week as he filled in for Michael Badgley.

The second half field goals came after it appeared Long hurt his foot on a first-half kickoff.

The Chargers did lose some players to injures with Melvin Ingram (hamstring), Denzel Perryman (concussion), Dontrelle Inman (quadriceps) and Sean Culkin (ankle) leaving.

The Dolphins gained only 36 yards in the second half and Josh Rosen threw an interception after they trailed only 17-10 at halftime.

Rosen finished 17-of-24 for 180 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

9 responses to “Chargers score 20 unanswered points to rout Dolphins 30-10

  1. The Dolphins did so well today that the basement team of the NFL is now the Washington Numbskins. At least the Dolphins put up a fight with double digits in points. Washington had Haskins-Robbins with three flavors of interceptions.

  2. Good time to be next to the phone if you’re a decent free agent TE considering the Chargers have lost 3 in 3 games.

  3. Tank, Rebuild, retool, whatever you want to call it, doesn’t matter… Brian Flores is so far over his head it is disgusting. Hated the hire when it happened, hate it more now. PLEASE, cut bait this year and send this moron packing. Giving him anymore than this year will set the team further back than it already is…


  4. The Dolphins made 0 halftime adjustments. They had no answers for Rivers or the passes to the RB’s. 0 pressure on the QB except for 1 sac, 3 QB hits, & 0 picks. Unacceptable when the QB throws the ball 30 times. & they couldn’t protect Rosen in the 2nd half & couldn’t run the ball either. I’m sure however they’ll win 2 games & screw up the #1 pick. They are my Dolphins after all.

  5. 81-0 after halftime…Dolphins fans should know what that number means. Flores is doing a great job though. Easy shoe in for rookie coach of the year. When you look at how bad the Patriots defense is doing you can see how the loss of Flores completely tilted the AFC east for years to come.

  6. Guys, you have to look at it as a 16-game Pre-Season Season. Work on your best plays in the first half, then work on your worst plays in the second half. I think we may finally have several decent screen pass plays.

  7. I’m actually incredibly encouraged. We all know the goal is to lose but our coaches are taking no name players, plus or minus the household names, and building a competitive club.

    I’m 100% behind our coaches. Every week we get better with many players who would be unemployed. Now imagine what happens when the headliners come in…

    Great job Coach Flores and great job Phish… us faithful believe in you have not waivered… Trust the process…

    Phins Up!

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