The Chargers managed to eek past the Broncos for the season split thanks to four made field goals by Michael Badgley and a record-breaking touchdown from Justin Herbert. It wasn’t the prettiest of efforts from either side of the ball, but a win is a win. This win, specifically, put the Chargers on their first three-game win streak since Week 13-15 of the 2018 season. It also officially secured an improved record from a year ago with a sixth victory.
For their efforts on Sunday, CBS Sports’ John Breech gave the Bolts a solid “B” in their close 19-16 win over the Broncos.
“Chargers kicker Michael Badgley has struggled at times this year, but he came through for the team on Sunday,” said Breech. “The “Money Badger” went 4 of 4 on field goals, including a 37-yard kick with under a minute that provided the winning points. The one downside of Badgley’s great day is that it happened because the Chargers struggled so much in the red zone. On four trips inside of Denver’s 20, the Chargers only came away with one touchdown. Although Justin Herbert struggled against the Broncos defense, he did come through in the clutch with a 23-yard pass to Jalen Guyton on the Chargers final possession to help set up Badgley’s game-winning kick.”
Next week brings a daunting challenge to end the season with a trip to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs. The Bolts almost stole one from them in Week 2 during Herbert’s first career start so it’ll be interesting to see how the Chargers adapt and scheme against this team after three months worth of film. Can Herbert shine one last time in 2020? Here’s to hoping.
Now for today’s links.
Check out the highlights from Sunday’s win over the Broncos (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez provided some instant analysis of the Chargers’ 19-16 win (Chargers Wire)
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the Bolts’ third-straight win (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed wrote about the good, the bad, and the ugly from Sunday’s win (Bolt Beat)
Dan Graziano goes over his overreactions to what happened in Week 16 (ESPN)
NFL Nation discusses their takeaways from Week 16 (ESPN)
John Breech hands out letter grades for each team’s latest performance (CBS Sports)
Jonathan Jones tries to make sense of the current playoff picture (CBS Sports)
The NFL announced changes to the Week 17 slate (Pro Football Talk)
Taylor Heinicke postponed college exams to play for Washington on Sunday (NFL.com)