Victory At Last: Chargers Topple The Giants

It wasn't always pretty, but the Chargers finally came up with their first win of the season. Eli Manning's last pass attempt was intercepted by Tre Boston and the Chargers got the 27-22 victory, their first of the season. The Chargers looked absent early on, getting out to a quick 9-0 deficit, but once again showed remarkable resilience and this time completed the comeback instead of falling just short.

Many of the things I highlighted in my preview as things to watch, the Chargers were able to take advantage of. They completely neutralized the Giants tight ends, limiting them to just 2 catches for 20 yards on 6 targets. They got both Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry involved in the passing game, exploiting the Giants linebackers in coverage, which I highlighted as a weakness.

It definitely wasn't a perfect game, as Philip Rivers and the offense struggled to get much going for large portions of the game. The run defense continues to be a glaring weakness, as they allowed little known Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman to shred them on the ground. The Giants run game was probably the worst in the league coming into this game so the fact that the Chargers still couldn't stop it is very concerning and something Gus Bradley will have to get fixed if they want to truly turn the season around.

Ultimately Rivers and the defense both made plays when it mattered most and they finally executed in crunch time instead of letting it slip through their hands. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were excellent once again, combining for 4 sacks and 3 tackles for loss. They made Manning very uncomfortable in the pocket and had him feeling pressure even when it wasn't there.

Rivers struggled early on and the offensive line was terrible, frequently allowing pressure and drawing holding penalties. He got into a bit of a groove late and made some outstanding throws. His interception was a backbreaking one in the endzone where he failed to see the corner playing zone over the middle.

Overall, it was a good effort. Coach Anthony Lynn was much more competent than he has been in recent weeks and appeared much more comfortable managing the game, perhaps he's turned a corner. The Chargers will get the Raiders in Oakland in week 5 at a time they appear to be nearing rock bottom. Derek Carr now appears likely to play, but will be less than 100%. Reports of the season's end have been greatly exaggerated, and the Chargers appear very much alive.

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