One of the main factors for the Los Angeles Chargers' first victory of the season against the New York Giants on Sunday was the rugged play of RB Melvin Gordon.
Gordon rushed for 105 yards and racked up 58 receiving yards in the 27-22 win at MetLife Stadium. His 163 yards from scrimmage are the second most he's had in an NFL game. It was the fourth time in his three-year career that Gordon rushed over 100 yards on Sunday. Gordon had not rushed for 100 yards in his last eight games, dating to Nov. 13, 2016.
He ran aggressive and with a purpose, something we didn't see the previous week against the Philadelphia Eagles at Stub Hub Center.
"I was tired and exhausted, but you have to find a way to push through," Gordon told reporters. "I was not trying to get back on this plane with an 0-5 record. That was always on my mind. Regardless of how you feel, you push through it --- because your teammates are depending on you right now. You just run harder."
"Flash" Gordon ran harder as he administer a classic stiff arm to Giants' Jenoris Jenkins while gaining extra yards for a first down that extended the drive. He found his groove in the second quarter and never looked back. Gordon bolted through tackles and made sharp cuts on the field, which we hadn't seen in a couple of weeks.
"Sunday was a statement that proved to ourselves that we have the talent, the team and the ability to push through close games," Gordon said. "We did that today. So now we know we can do it. So when we get back in this situation, we have all the confidence in the world to get through it because we just got through it now."
As Gordon and the running game goes, so do the Bolts as they look to improve and gather more wins this season. With the team having the third toughest schedule in the league, the running is a key component to the success of Philip Rivers, and the offense. Gordon currently has five touchdowns on the season.
"He ran hard, and he always does that," Rivers said. "He obviously caught those two touchdown passes and rushed for over 100 yards."
Gordon and the Chargers will face another test on the road, this Sunday against their AFC West opponent in the Oakland Raiders (2-3).