NFL Review: Week 2

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals to give the Los Angeles Rams a 9-3 victory Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks in the first NFL regular-season game in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1994.

Rams middle linebacker Alec Ogletree ended Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson’s attempt for a 20th fourth quarter or overtime comeback victory in his 76 regular and postseason games when he forced running back Christine Michael to fumble at Rams 29-yard line at the end of an eight-yard reception and recovered the loose ball with 45 seconds to play.

“That was a great win for us for all of those obvious reasons,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.

“Our first game back here the fans were incredible. It made this a tough place to play starting day one, which was really impressive. We had many opportunities and there’s going to be a lot of things we have to correct, and we had some mistakes. But when it’s said and done, we take the win.”

 

Melvin Gordon ran for 102 yards and scored 1 touchdown. Gordon has 159 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first two games of the season. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Melvin Gordon ran for 102 yards and scored 1 touchdown. Gordon has 159 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first two games of the season. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

SAN DIEGO (EGP) – Down south, the San Diego Chargers got off to a good start, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-14 in their home opener.

The offense made it look easy throughout the game, starting with their first possession when running back Melvin Gordon capped off an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a touchdown to make it 7-0 early in the first quarter.

The defense also looked strong, with Casey Hayward picking off Blake Bortles’ pass to set his team up at the Jacksonville 34 that ended with Philip Rivers getting the ball to Travis Benjamin for a 6-yard run for a touchdown.

The defense continued to stifle the Jags in the second quarter after Melvin Ingram sacked and stripped Bortles of the ball that was recovered by Brandon Flowers. On another play, Hayward inked his second pick of the game as the Jags were driving downfield. Phillip Rivers finished the game with 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. Running back Melvin Gorgon rushed for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin caught 6 passes for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The San Francisco 49ers were devastated by the Carolina Panthers 46-27 while the Oakland Raiders let one slip away with a 35-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers and Raiders are both 1-1.

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Charger’s QB Phillip Rivers: Best in the Game

December 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The San Diego Chargers are having a tough year. With just four games to go in the regular season, the Chargers’ horrible 3-9 record has them in last place in the AFC West.
Their 17-3 loss last Sunday to the 10-2 Denver Broncos all but ended their season.
The Chargers’ one bright light remains Quarterback Phillip Rivers, who despite the odds never gives up. He’s shown himself to be a leader on and off the field.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers.  (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Rivers is now the Franchise’s all-time passing leader. With over 40,000 yards, he’s also the 17th all-time passing leader in the NFL, achieving his 10th consecutive 3,000-yard this season with four games still to be played.
“I’m really looking forward to our final accomplishments for this year and next year’s team,” River’s said. “We have some great young talent and I see a lot of potential in our team,” rivers said, pointing out that the team faced with “some tough injuries this year.”
Off the field, Rivers works with foster teens to make sure they have the resources they need to carry them through tough times. In 2011, he was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his work with the Rivers of Hope Foundation, an endeavor he and his wife oversaw from 2010-12 to help foster children.

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