The Los Angeles Chargers played a quintessential Chargers game, repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot and losing in depressing fashion, 23-20. Chargers pass-catchers were charged with six drops on first review, including multiple would-be touchdowns and huge gains.
The Green Bay Packers‘ young offense made plays for four quarters and stuck it out for a big win at the end, with Jordan Love looking much improved two weeks in a row now and topping 300 passing yards for the first time in his career.
Offensive spotlight: Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen racked up 10 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown but dropped what may have been the easiest touchdown grab of his career, though the sun looked to have played a factor. Nonetheless, Allen was charged with an uncharacteristic three drops, pending review. Depth tight end Stone Smartt scored a 51-yard touchdown on his lone grab, outrunning the defense down the right sideline after getting called up for this game amid an injury to Gerald Everett.
Packers second-year wideouts Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson both found the endzone, with quarterback Jordan Love throwing for 322 yards, two scores and zero interceptions. Love took three sacks and fumbled twice, but the Packers were fortunate to recover all three fumbles the offense coughed up throughout this game.
Defensive spotlight: Packers edge defender Rashan Gary notched a sack and tackle for loss, and interior defender Kenny Clark had perhaps the best game of a season that hasn’t quite been up to his standard, registering eight quarterback pressures on first review and sealing the victory with a pass deflection on fourth down with 0:23 seconds remaining.
Rookie spotlight: Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston dropped a deep shot on the final drive that could have gotten the Chargers into game-tying field goal range. He finished with two receptions for 21 yards in another underwhelming outing. Four Packers rookies recorded more receiving yards than Johnston.
Packers rookie wide receiver Jayden Reed was getting touches in every conceivable way, scoring in the first half on a 32-yard end-around run and also hauling in four receptions for 46 yards. Fellow rookie wideout Dontayvion Wicks had the best game of his young career, with three receptions for 95 yards. On the other side of the ball, rookie interior defender Karl Brooks had a sack and tackle for loss.
|Justin Herbert||25.7||21 / 36||260||7.2||2||0||51||2||99.3|
|Jordan Love||23.88||27 / 40||322||8||2||0||35||3||108.5|
|Donald Parham Jr.||9.7||6||4||57||9.5||14.2||0||21||0|