This electrifying game definitely lived up to its’ hype and then some. Both offenses went absolutely berserk, combining for 70 points and 969 total yards! At the end of it all, it was the Miami Dolphins outscoring the Los Angeles Chargers 36-34, in a week one matchup that was one for the books, with career highs and dominating offenses. Here is how the game went
The Miami offense, led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, was special to watch in this matchup. Going for 536 total yards, the Dolphins absolutely torched the Chargers’ defense. Receiver Tyreek Hill had himself a historical performance, recording 215 receiving yards and two touchdowns, dominating the Chargers’ secondary with his speed and athleticism. Tua went for 466 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, securing a career-high in passing yards in a single game. With some key turnovers by Miami swinging the momentum temporarily, the Chargers were not able to capitalize on some crucial opportunities, which led to the Dolphins securing the win.
The Chargers’ offense won the battle in time of possession, with the offense on the field for 32 minutes and 41 seconds. The big story for Los Angeles’ offense was the rushing attack, with a total of 234 yards. Led by Austin Ekeler, with 117 rushing yards and a touchdown, the Chargers’ were borderline unstoppable in the ground game. Quarterback Justin Herbert had a decent game, with 228 passing yards, and a passing and a rushing touchdown, but it was not enough to hold off the Miami Dolphins, as the Chargers dropped this game in a nail bitting showdown.
Both teams’ defenses were pretty much non-existent in this one. The Dolphins had no interceptions in this one. However, they did make some crucial third-down stops to force the Chargers to settle for field goals, which proved to be the slight difference in the game. With no real stand-out players defensively, Miami’s defense did just enough to hold off the high-powered Chargers offense.
Although they had some key turnovers, the Los Angeles Chargers’ defense was atrocious. The highlighted players for them were J.C. Jackson, who intercepted Tua in the end zone, saving a touchdown, and defensive tackle Nick Williams with a fumble recovery. Other than these players that made one good play all game, the Los Angeles’ defense looks terrible, maybe even worse than last season.
If you are a fan of offense-heavy games, then this game was everything you hoped it would be and more. With experts predicting this to be a high-scoring affair, it’s safe to say that they were correct, and maybe even underestimated just how electrifying these offenses would be. In the end, it was the Dolphins getting the win on the road in Los Angeles, against the Chargers.