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NFL Week 4 PFF ReFocused: Los Angeles Chargers 30, Miami Dolphins 10

By PFF Analysis Team
Sep 29, 2019

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Philip Rivers made light work of the struggling Dolphins, ending Week 4 with a 30-10 victory.

PFF’s ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game’s most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

Los Angeles Chargers 30, Miami Dolphins 10

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers was near perfect in this one, carving up the Dolphins’ defense in the short to mid areas of the field. Crossing patterns and timing routes were there all day for him and pass protection held up pretty well.

Austin Ekeler had a nice game picking up most of the snaps with Melvin Gordon not ready to contribute yet. The offensive line didn’t create a ton of room for him, but he picked up positive yards and ran hard after contact, and he also contributed in the passing game with a handful of receptions.

Joey Bosa was electric in this contest, and he feasted on an offensive line that didn’t really stand a chance against this pass-rush. He recorded a handful of pressures and repeatedly beat the man tasked with blocking him.

The same could not be said for rookie Jerry Tillery, however, as the first-round interior defender struggled in the pass-rush again. Yes, he will leave the game with a sack next to his name, but that sack came in pursuit rather than from a beaten block.

Miami Dolphins

This will be another game that Josh Rosen will want to forget, though he wasn’t particularly helped by his pass-blockers upfront. He ended the game with a couple of turnover-worthy plays and was brought down four times by the Chargers’ pass-rush.

DeVante Parker put his Week 3 nightmare behind him with this performance, catching all four of his targets for 70 yards and a touchdown, generating a perfect passer rating of 158.3 from Josh Rosen.

Raekwon McMillan flashed in run defense, showing really nice burst and play recognition to make multiple stops behind or around the line of scrimmage. He wasn’t as noticeable in coverage, as he didn’t make any big plays, but he didn’t seem to give up any either.

The Dolphins’ pass-rush was ineffective, allowing Rivers plenty of time to find open receivers. With all day to throw, the Dolphins’ cornerbacks had their struggles, Xavien Howard in particular.

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