Yesterday the Chargers won their third game in a row. The Jacksonville Jaguars came to Qualcomm stadium looking for their first victory of the season. They ended up leaving San Diego with an 0-4 record.
The Charger defense was solid and ended up with its two first interceptions of the season. Both Eric Weddle and Brandon Flowers picked off rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. Cordarro Law, Jahleel Addae and Ricardo Matthews had one sack a piece. Turnovers and pressure highlighted a successful day for John Pagano’s defensive unit.
On offense, Philip Rivers was brilliant; connecting with Malcom Floyd for a 24-yard touchdown pass and two scoring throws to Eddie Royal.
Speaking of Royal, he had a fantastic game hauling in 5 receptions for 105 yards and the aforementioned touchdowns. Both of his scoring receptions went for over 40 yards ( 43 yards and 47 yards ). Both occurred during the second quarter of the game.
This is Eddie’s second game of 2014 with a pair of scores. He was in sync with Rivers and his play on Sunday was very impressive. Royal is now second to Keenan Allen on the team with 236 receiving yards. He leads the Chargers with 4 receiving touchdowns.
After being picked up in free agency during the 2012 offseason, Royal has come in and made his mark in the slot. Although he occasionally lines up outside, most of his plays are made while lining up as the third receiver. He has built a great rapport with Rivers and Philip trusts him.
With Allen grinding it out through a groin injury in week 3, Royal stepped up and had his first game of 2014 with two TDs. As mentioned above, he did it again yesterday.
Eddie finished the 2013 season with 8 touchdowns. He already has four through the first quarter of this year. With the running game being largely ineffective, look for him to continue to contribute at a high level as Rivers and the receiving corps will most likely carry the offense until Ryan Mathews returns from an MCL sprain. Eddie Royal looks to be a key factor in the success of the Charger offense moving forward.