Rivers Paces Chargers with 3 TD’s; Bolts Top Texans in Houston 21-13

San Diego Chargers v Houston Texans

San Diego’s Philip Rivers read all week about the Texans being 5-0 at home. He decided the Chargers should be the ones to end their perfect record in Houston.

“I don’t like getting caught up in too much bulletin-board stuff, but I liked that, the fact this team was unbeaten at home, so let’s go change that,” Rivers said. “It was in my head all week that we could stop the streak.”

Rivers did just that, throwing for 242 yards and three touchdowns to give the Chargers a 21-13 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Sunday. Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown to help San Diego (5-6) to the victory.

The Texans (6-5) were done in by four turnovers, including three interceptions by Brock Osweiler . He was so bad Sunday that coach Bill O’Brien was asked twice after the game if he’d considered benching him for backup Tom Savage.

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Chargers at Texans NFL Week 12 Inactives

Chargers: LB Jatavis Brown, CB Brandon Flowers, TE Asante Cleveland, C Max Tuerk, RB Ronnie Hillman, OT Tyreek Burwell, WR Geremy Davis

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Jaelen Strong, RB Alfred Blue, RB Tyler Ervin, OLB John Simon, OG Josh Walker, OG Oday Aboushi

Dolphins vs Chargers NFL Week 10 Capsule

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-4) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

DOLPHINS CHARGERS
SERIES LEADER 14-13  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Adam Gase: 0-0 Mike McCoy: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 27-23 vs. New York Jets W 43-35 vs. Tennessee
LAST GAME 12/20/15: Dolphins 14 at Chargers 30. San Diego RB Danny Woodhead has 4 TDs (3 receiving, 1 rushing). Chargers QB Philip Rivers passes for 311 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/20/15
REFEREE Terry McAulay
BROADCAST CBS (4:05 PM ET):  Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Mia), 83 (SD). XM: 231 (Mia), 226 (SD).

STATS

PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 156-241-1877-8-7-87.4 Philip Rivers: 206-325-2560-17-7-96.2
RUSHING Jay Ajayi: 108-646-6.0-6 Melvin Gordon: 193-768 (3L)-4.0-9 (T1L)
RECEIVING Jarvis Landry: 49-605-12.3-1 Travis Benjamin: 39-514-13.2-3
OFFENSE 340.1 378.0
TAKE/GIVE -3 0
DEFENSE 362.6 364.7
SACKS Cameron Wake: 5 Melvin Ingram: 5
INTs Isa Abdul-Quddus: 2 Casey Hayward: 5 (T1L)
PUNTING Matt Darr: 45.8 Drew Kaser (R): 44.3
KICKING Andrew Franks: 51 (18/18 PAT; 11/14 FG) Josh Lambo: 86 (2L) (26/29 PAT; 20/22 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 4 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 95.6 rating in past 3 vs. SD. In 7 career games vs. AFC West, has 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 93.7 rating…RB JAY AJAYI has 529 rush yards (176.3 per game) & 4 rush TDs in past 3. Aims for 5th in row with rush TD. Leads NFL with 5.98 yards per carry avg. (min. 50 att.)…WR JARVIS LANDRY has 45 catches (9 per game) for 474 yards (94.8 per game) & TD in past 5 on road. Since 2014, has 243 receptions, 4th in NFL. TE DOMINIQUE JONES had 1st career rec. TD last week. WR KENNY STILLS aims for 3rd in row on road with rec. TD…LB KIKO ALONSO leads team with 67 tackles. Has 30 tackles, 3 TFL & 2 FRs in past 3 on road. DT NDAMUKONG SUH aims for 3rd in row with sack. Since entering NFL in 2010, has 46.5 sacks, tied for most by DT. DE CAMERON WAKE had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 4 sacks in past 3. Aims for 4th in row vs. SD with sack… CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS threw for 275 yards & 2 TDs for 117.6 rating last week. In last meeting, had 311 pass yards & 3 TDs for 102.9 rating. Ranks 9th in NFL history with 298 career TD passes…RB MELVIN GORDON had 261 scrimmage yards (196 rush, 65 rec.) last week, 2nd most in game in team history. Has 537 scrimmage yards (375 rush, 162 rec.) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. Leads NFL with 11 TDs (9 rush, 2 rec.)…TE ANTONIO GATES had 75 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 108 TD catches. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS had rec. TD last week. Ties for 4th in NFL with 8 catches of 25+ yards. Leads team with 595 rec. yards…CB CASEY HAYWARD aims for 3rd in row with INT. Had INT in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 5 INTs & 12 PD. LB MELVIN INGRAM had 2.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of past 4. LB KOREY TOOMER aims for 3rd in row with FF. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 3 FFs. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA ties for NFL rookie lead with 4 sacks.

Chargers Rally From Down 17; Top Falcons in Overtime 33-30

San Diego Chargers v Atlanta Falcons

Josh Lambo said kicking his game-winning field goal — his fourth of the game — was no more difficult than an extra point.

The hard work, according to the kicker, was handled by Denzel Perryman and San Diego’s defense.

Lambo’s 42-yard field goal in overtime gave San Diego its first road victory of the year, as the Chargers rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 33-30 on Sunday.

Perryman, the linebacker still obviously affected by a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Chargers’ Oct. 9 loss to Oakland, delivered two key plays late in the game. His interception of Matt Ryan’s pass for Julio Jones set up Lambo’s tying 33-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.

Perryman’s fourth-and-1 stop on running back Devonta Freeman gave San Diego the ball at Atlanta’s 43 for the Chargers’ winning drive.

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Chargers at Falcons NFL Week Seven Inactives

Chargers

  • CB Brandon Flowers, S Jahleel Addae, TE Asante Cleveland, C Max Tuerk, T Tyreek Burwell, DE Darius Philon, OLB Jerry Attaochu

Falcons

  • WR Keshawn Martin, QB Christian Ponder, DT Glenn Dorsey, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Marcus Cromartie, OT John Theus, TE Je’Ron Hamm.

Chargers at Falcons NFL Week Seven Capsule

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-2)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  CHARGERS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER   8-1
STREAKS   Past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 21-13 vs. Denver L 26-24 at Seattle
LAST GAME 9/23/12: Falcons 27 at Chargers 3. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passes for 275 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons S Thomas DeCoud records 3 PD & 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/04: Falcons 21, Chargers 20. Atlanta QB Michael Vick passes for 218 yards & has 3 TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing). Falcons TE Alge Crumpler has 4 receptions for 54 yards & TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field Reporter). Westwood One: Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 93 (SD), 134 (Atl). XM: 232 (SD), 228 (Atl).

STATS

PASSING Philip Rivers: 135-201-1647-12-3-105.9 Matt Ryan: 143-210-2075 (1L)-15 (2L)-3-117.9 (1L)
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 116-393-3.4-6 (T2L) Devonta Freeman: 90-450-5.0-2
RECEIVING Travis Benjamin: 31-411-13.3-2 Julio Jones: 31-656 (1L)-21.2-4
OFFENSE 355.2 441.5 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE -2 +1
DEFENSE 363.2 379.5
SACKS Jatavis Brown (R), Melvin Ingram: 3 Vic Beasley: 4.5
INTs Casey Hayward: 3 (T2L) Robert Alford: 2
PUNTING Drew Kaser (R): 41.0 Matt Bosher: 46.2
KICKING Josh Lambo: 57 (18/19 PAT; 13/14 FG) Matt Bryant: 57 (3L) (21/21 PAT; 12/12 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has 43,094 career pass yards & passed HOFer DAN FOUTS (43,040) for most in team history. Since 2008, has 36,406 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL. …RB MELVIN GORDON ties for 2nd in NFL with 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.). Rushed for 94 yards last week, incl. career-long 48-yard run…Rookie TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had career-high 6 catches & 83 yards (1 TD) last week. WR-PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 15 career TDs (12 rec., 3 PR) & 9 have been 40+ yards. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS has 15 catches for 347 yards (86.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 on road. TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 106 rec. TDs. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 5 rec. TDs…Rookie LB JATAVIS BROWN had career-high 15 tackles & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4. LB MELVIN INGRAM has 9.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 11. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA has 2 sacks in 1st 2 career games. CB CASEY HAYWARD has 3 INTs in past 5…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN passed for 335 yards & 3 TDs in Week 6. Has 100+ rating in 7 of past 8. Averaging 369.3 yards per game & has 9 TDs for 120.5 rating in past 4 at home…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5…WR JULIO JONES had 139 rec. yards & TD last week. Averaging 173.3 yards per game & has 3 TDs in past 4 at home. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch in Week 6…DE DWIGHT FREENEY has sack in 3 of past 4. LB VIC BEASLEY has 4.5 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC. CB ROBERT ALFORD has 2 INTs & 8 PD in past 4 at home. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had sack & FF in Week 6. S KEMAL ISHMAEL aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 10+ tackles & PD. Rookie S KEANU NEAL had 11 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF.

Chargers Could Get OL Chris Watt Back This Week Off PUP List

Chris Watt

There’s some good news for the Chargers as they get set for the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday, as today ESPN’s Eric Williams reports that offensive lineman Chris Watt could be back with the team to give the line a boost.

The San Diego Chargers could get some help up front with the offensive line, as interior offensive lineman Chris Watt is eligible to begin practice this week.

Selected in the third round of the 2014 draft, Watt began training camp and the start of the regular season on the physically unable to perform [PUP] list as he recovered from offseason knee surgery, meaning he had to sit out the first six weeks of this season.

A Coming of Age Win for the Young Chargers Over the Broncos

Joey Bosa

Thursday night was a coming out party for the young Chargers, a possible coming of age for a team that clearly needed it after two weeks of awful late let downs against the New Orleans Saints at home and the Oakland Raiders on the road.

This time around they would not allow themselves to fall into the same trap, despite a gaffe on a punt return by new wide out/returner Travis Benjamin, the team was able to rise up, hold the Broncos to a field goal, and eventually pull out a 21-13 win over the defending Super Bowl Champions.

“You’ve seen the last couple weeks, haven’t you?,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said

“We made it a little too interesting there. Like I say every week, we’re going to learn a ton from this game as a team. But the most important thing was we found a way to win today.”

The MVP of this game was a Chargers defense that at the start of the fourth quarter, had the Broncos gaining just 129 yards of total offense. If you were betting at harrahs casino, you probably would never have guessed that’s who would have rose up against Denver.

With new first-round pick Joey Bosa finally getting on the field and playing valuable minutes, the team seems to finally have gelled on defense to the point of being able to harass quarterbacks and make plays when needed.

None was more important than holding the Broncos to a field goal after the Benjamin fumble, a play that ended up keeping the Chargers ahead for good, and also kept the momentum on their side.

A night that belonged to the young players showed how good the Chargers could be if they just stop making careless mistakes, and with Bosa adding to the mix, they just might be a team that can finally put their 1-4 start behind them.

“Hats off to the Chargers for the draft class,” Bosa said. “Not only great players but great guys. That’s the kind of people you want in your organization. Obviously, it showed tonight.”

Jatavis Brown was another Charger that came up with a big play, one that saw a breakup of a pass in the final minutes by Broncos wide out Demaryius Thomas which forced a fumble that was recovered by Craig Mager, and another huge play being a sack of Brown of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian to seal the win.

How big was the win for the Chargers? It was their first win over a team with a winning record since they beat the Baltimore Ravens back in late November of 2014. If you’re counting that close to two seasons.

Since then, there’s not been too much to cheer about, but now with a quality win under their belt, here’s hoping the Chargers can follow up on it and keep up the momentum next week when they have a tough test at Atlanta against the Falcons.