The Chargers are on a three-game winning streak after their Monday night football win against the Broncos in Week 6.
Over a short week, the Bolts are preparing for the Seahawks, their last opponent before the bye week.
Here’s a breakdown of the news from week seven of the Chargers’ season:
Monday: A Prime Time Victory
On Monday, the Chargers took on the division-rival Broncos in a Monday night football showdown at SoFi Stadium. It was a defensive battle, but the Bolts got through and won 19-16 in overtime thanks to a field goal from Dustin Hopkins.
After allowing 13 points in the first half, the Chargers defense went the rest of regulation and overtime allowing just three points – something that allowed them to trail and ultimately earn the win.
After the game, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley spoke about the game and the win.
“It’s a complete team win. It was a tough, hilly game,” Staley said. “They’ve got an outstanding defense there. It was tough sledding in every way through the four quarters and overtime.
“It was just a rough, rough game. It took everyone at Powder Blue to win it,” Staley added.
Both teams held within 300 yards of total attack, and each team also had a takeaway which led to three points – but one proved more crucial in the final outcome of the game.
With less than five minutes remaining in the overtime period, a one-on-one play by defensive back Ja’Sir Taylor led to a missed Denver punt that was picked up by defensive back Deane Leonard . The play gave the Chargers the ball at the Broncos’ 28-yard line and led to Hopkins’ game-winner.
Staley spoke about recovering fumbles on special teams, praising Taylor, Leonard and the other team members.
“Ja’Sir and Deane were able to get out there and shake things up,” Staley said. “The fact that you go and beat your man and then do the right thing when you get close to the returner, they’re young guys, so for them to have that type of impact for our football team says a lot. on [Special Teams Coordinator] Ryan Ficken and [Assistant Special Teams Coach] Chris Gould.
“Hopefully these guys keep improving,” Staley added.
Leonard, who picked up the ball live, spoke about the turnover and how it went.
“We knew we had support and they were going to push,” Leonard said. “Our coach was telling us the returner was dangerous and explosive, so we had to get on his hip. [Ja’Sir] made a big play and cleared the other corner. The ball fell right in front of me and I got on it.”
Taylor, a sixth-round pick from Wake Forest, has mostly played against special teams so far, and Monday’s big play was the product of trying to maximize his role on the team.
“I’m making the most of my role,” Taylor said. “I’m a special teams player, I came out, gave it my all and I’m glad it paid off tonight.”
Tuesday: One more short week
The Chargers had a winning Tuesday this time around, as the Monday night football the win gives them a short week to prepare for the Seahawks.
During his press conference on Tuesday, Staley spoke about the win and the team’s state of mind after the first six games of the season.
“Just week to week. Not overdoing it,” Staley said. “It’s the NFL. Week to week, you have to be ready to play. Our guys did a good job of being ready to play Monday night against a quality team.
“As you know, a division game, a big game, at home, and so our guys prepared to play and did the right thing. We were able to come out of it with a W,” Staley added. .
The victory came at a cost, however, as Staley updated on some of the injuries sustained against Denver.
Staley said running back Joshua Kelley has an MCL sprain and will likely miss two to four weeks.
“Isaiah [Spiller] and larry [Rountree III] going to face each other in training this week,” Staley said. “We were sort of doing the same thing last week as well. I think one of these two guys will come into the game.
“The special teams will take that into account as well. Isaiah did great in practice as I told you. Larry did too. We’ll let those guys compete and let you know at the end of the week.” , added Staley.
Hopkins is on the same time frame with the hamstring injury he suffered in prime time. Staley also added that Taylor Bertolet, who kicked for the Chargers in Week 5, will replace Hopkins in the meantime.
Tight end Donald Parham, Jr., is in concussion protocol. He had three catches for 53 yards in Week 6. Center Corey Linsley, who missed Monday’s game, returned to the team facility Tuesday after being ill the past few days.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen was back in practice this week, as Staley said the wide receiver appears to be on the right track with his hamstring injury that has kept him out since Week 1.