The Los Angeles Chargers notched their first win of the preseason beating the Seattle Seahawks, 24-14.
Philip Rivers – Rivers saw his first action of the preseason tonight and it looked like he picked up where he left off in 2017. Rivers was six of seven for 62 yards, including a 21-yard pass to Tyrell Williams to kick off the offense's first drive.
Melvin Ingram – SupaMel made his presence known on Saturday night as he was all over the field. Most notably, he forced a fumble on Seahawks' running back Chris Carson which Brandon Mebane recovered. The play was huge being that it kept Seattle from scoring and potentially going up 13-7.
Detrez Newsome – The rookie running back carried the load with the Bolts as only one of two RBs available for the team on the night. Newsome made the most of his opportunity with the team amassing 78 yards rushing and averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
Stat of the Game:
The Chargers dominated time of possession for the second straight game, this time by nearly 15 minutes, 37:21 to 22:39.
Play of the Game:
Facing a 1st-and-10 from the Seattle 25, Geno Smith stepped back and launched a pass towards the back-right corner of the end zone. It was a pass only Mike Williams could nab – and he did. Williams went up and over Seahawks CB Akeem King to highpoint the ball for the wideout's first NFL touchdown.
The Chargers forced Russell Wilson pass to Marcus Johnson to fall incomplete on 3rd-and-9 deep in Seattle territory. Jon Ryan trotted out and boomed a 57-yard punt that J.J. Jones fielded at his own 28. The undrafted free agent out of West Georgia has been given a long look at both return spots, and showed why, speeding past the entire Seahawks coverage unit for an impressive 72-yard touchdown. The score gave the Bolts a 14-6 lead heading into halftime.
It Was Over When:
Up seven points with less than a minute to play in the game, Roberto Aguayo came onto the field for a 39-yard field goal attempt. The attempt was good, and the Bolts increased their lead 24-14 putting the game out of reach.
"We were hitting on all cylinders. As far as pass rushing, and blocking, we were getting the job done. Kudos to us, but we still have a lot of work to do." – RB Melvin Gordon
"I'd seen it on the field a couple plays before when I was on the sideline – Coach (Lynn) let me get a 'go' ball. He believed in me, called the play and the results were good. Geno (Smith) gave me a chance to go up and make a play, and I went up and got it. I just needed it. I felt like I was doing it in practice and I just needed to translate it to a game." – WR Mike Williams
"The guys are playing the most consistent football right now and it's smart. We're not going to beat ourselves. That's the thing we recite every single day." – Head Coach Anthony Lynn
Odds and Ends
Detrez Newsome carried the load for the Bolts, leading both teams in carries (19) and yards (78). He also had a team-high three receptions.
Philip Rivers made his preseason debut, going 6-for-7 for 62 yards with a QB rating of 103.6. Meanwhile, Geno Smith led the way by going 6-for-8 for 85 yards, one touchdown and a 148.4 passer rating.
Isaac Rochell had two sacks while Jatavis Brown had one.
Jeff Richards had a team-high five tackles.
Tonight's captains were Philip Rivers, Melvin Ingram, Russell Okung and Brandon Mebane.
Check out some of the best action shots as the Bolts take on the Seattle Seahawks in their second preseason game.