The first Sunday of the NFL season has come and gone and the Chargers are sitting pretty with an early 1-0 record on the year. Say what you want about how they won it, but at the end of the day, just be glad they got the job done.
Fun Fact: Before yesterday’s win over the Bengals, the Chargers were 2-9 in one-possession games since the start of the 2019 season. That’s not good. But being able to buck that trend from the jump in 2020 is a good thing.
Even though they left Cincinnati victorious, it was still a rather porous performance. That’s why CBS Sport’s John Breech, who dished out letter grades for each team’s performance on Sunday, gave the Chargers a C+ for their efforts against the Bengals.
Here’s what Breech had to say about his grade:
“The Chargers were buoyed by their two-headed monster of Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley, who combined to rush for 144 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. Los Angeles’ defense also came up clutch in the fourth quarter, forcing a pair of turnovers while holding the Bengals to under 300 total yards for the day.”
Personally, I think the C+ is about as good as they can ask for. I think a B- could be justified based on the defense’s effort, alone, however. Regardless, they got the W and no one can take that away from them, no matter how questionable the offense played.
But they won! Celebrate. You all deserve it. Enjoy this Victory Monday!
And here are today’s links.
See what Joe Burrow had to say after the loss to the Bolts (Chargers.com)
Chargers game recap (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez highlights Jerry Tillery’s excellent play in against the Bengals (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed gives you the good, the bad, and the ugly from week one (Bolt Beat)
Bill Barnwell hands out 13 awards for QBs in week one (ESPN)
ESPN Staff compiled all the notable takeaways from Sunday’s games (ESPN)
Were the 49ers exposed in Week 1? (Bleacher Report)
John Breech gives each team a letter grade for their performance on Sunday (CBS Sports)
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew says the young players “got that swag about them” (NFL.com)
The President called football “boring as hell” last night (ProFootballTalk)