That, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why for the first 11 weeks of the season everyone craved Joey Bosa updates.
Number 99 was in vintage form on Sunday in his second game back from a foot injury that sidelined him over the Chargers’ first nine games. He wreaked havoc all day long while making Josh Rosen’s life hell time after time.
Bosa finished the game with two memorable sacks, both coming in key third down situations.
The first came early in the second quarter with the Cardinals facing a 3rd-and-9 from their own 35. They marched down the field their first two drives of the game, yet Bosa put that to an end with an 11-yard sack. The Pro Bowler burst off the line of scrimmage, whipping the right tackle around the edge to close on Rosen in a flash.
His second sack came early in the fourth quarter as Rosen dropped back looking to convert on 3rd-and-8. Bosa once again quickly turned the corner, lowering his shoulder to separate from the tackle before exploding into the quarterback for a seven-yard loss.
“He’s a beast,” Isaac Rochell said. “I was telling him I was frustrated because I thought I had good rushes on those pass downs, but I was like, ‘This man is back here in half a second!’ It’s just nice having him back. I think we really clicked as a d-line today. It felt good to have energy and it felt good to celebrate with him. He just did a great, great job.”
You can also count Philip Rivers among those impressed.
“It was just exciting,” the quarterback said. “Exciting for him. (We) know how hard he trains and how hard he works. We were just talking in the fourth quarter, where he was like, ‘This is the first sack and I’m feeling this good since Oakland last year.’ That’s 11 months ago. The guy trains so hard. You know the ability he has, what he brings to the team. It was great to see, and you saw how excited the guys were when (he) got those sacks. Then you add him to a defense that was already playing pretty dang well without him. It’s good to have him back out there and seeing that was fun.”
While Bosa felt good a week ago in his first game back, he explained how his foot was still on his mind throughout the game. That only makes sense considering it was his first true action since sustaining the injury. With any last remnants of worry out of mind, his second game back felt like a normal week for the premier edge rusher.
“It was a tough first half last week kind of getting into the swing of things,” he said. “Again, I think it was more just about me worrying about my foot and whether I’d make it through. Would it be able to withstand as many plays? And after last week, I feel confident and this whole week of preparation has been more just about football than worrying about my body.”