The Los Angeles Chargers featured some of their actual key starters this evening against the Seattle Seahawks in Carson, CA, and the results were definitely positive. Philip Rivers saw his first action of the preseason and completed 6 of 7 passes for 62 yards during the 1st quarter of play while feature back Melvin Gordon rushed for 35 yards and a score on 10 attempts.
The defense saw a bit of a rough start as they allowed a 60-yard opening drive that was kicked off by a 29-yard strike from Russell Wilson to former Arizona Cardinal Jaron Brown, though they were forced to settle for a field goal attempt that Jason Myers converted from 33 yards out.
The Chargers offense responded with a 70-yard drive of their own that culminated in a 2-yard rushing score by Gordon. Roberto Aguayo converted on the point after attempt.
The defense was tested on the next two Seattle possessions as the Seahawks drove deep into Chargers territory on both, but they stood strong both times. On one they forced a short field goal attempt and on the other they forced and recovered a fumble.
The Chargers special teams showed up in a big way when receiver J.J. Jones received a punt and returned it 72 yards to pay dirt to extend the Los Angeles lead from 1 to 8 before half time.
Geno Smith took over for Philip Rivers and in the second half he found second-year wide receiver Mike Williams for a touchdown that reminded people of why he was drafted seventh overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The defense allowed a touchdown and a two-point conversion late in the game, but the final outcome was never in doubt and they held on for a 10-point margin of victory.