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Top Ten Defensive Performances of 2017: #10 Wk. 17 Tre Boston v. OAK

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Boston played a large role in helping the Bolts finish the regular season with a win over the Raiders in a divisional match-up.

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#10.) Week 17 Tre Boston vs. Oakland - 7 Tackles, Interception, Pass Deflection

Tre Boston was a late signing during last year’s free agency period and he proceeded to start opposite Jahleel Addae for all but one game during the 2017 season. He also finished second on the team in tackles with 79, second only to Addae who amassed 96 total stops.

Boston was a welcomed member of the Chargers defensive that already boasted several of the top defensive back in the leagues. Coming off a career-year by cornerback Casey Hayward in which he led the league in interceptions, the fact the Chargers were able to add another ball-hawk was almost too good to be true as Boston snagged five interceptions en route to leading the team in that category.

Against the Oakland Raiders in the final game of the regular season, the Chargers were just trying to take advantage of the things they could control. They needed to beat the Raiders in order to have any chance of making the playoffs. Unfortunately for them, although they took care of business and walked away with a 30-10 victory, the other teams that needed to win did not.

Boston enjoyed a game where fans saw him play janitor as he continuously cleaned up splash-plays that the front seven kept allowing the Raiders to. Several times when Marshawn Lynch broke through the first and second level, Boston was there to settle him down. When the linebackers missed Jared Cook on a deep, 31-yard crossing route, Boston was there to minimize the damage.

When the Raiders were marching down the field, attempting to shift the momentum in their favor, Boston took advantage of an under-thrown pass from quarterback Derek Carr and took it the other direction for 25 yards. This effectively sealed the win for the Bolts as they finished the year 9-7 and accomplished their first winning season since they went 9-7 during the 2014 campaign.