After winning in Week 1, Los Angeles Chargers have lost in each of the last two weeks. Luckily, reinforcements are on the way.
Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon has returned to the Chargers facility today, after a holdout that started before training camp.
Gordon was hoping to get a new contract from the Chargers that would make him among the highest-paid players in the NFL.
After seeing Ezekiel Elliot land a six-year, $90 million contract extension as a result of his holdout, Gordon was hoping to see a payday of his own. It just never came.
The Chargers were content to let Austin Ekeler man the running back duties until Gordon returned. Ekeler responded with a brilliant Week 1 performance, which validated that notion.
In fact when it comes to fantasy football performance, no running back has been better than Ekeler.
With that being said, two running backs are better than one, so the Chargers can now deploy both playmakers and make their offense just that much more dynamic.
While Ekeler has been great, particularly in the passing game, Gordon rushed for 5.1 yards per carry last year.
Gordon proved over the first four years of his career to be one of the better backs in the NFL and will be a welcome addition to this Chargers team.
Gordon will not play for the Chargers this week, as they still need him to get in game shape after not playing football for the past two months while holding out.
While Gordon looks happy to be back, you cannot shy from the fact that he just lost a lot of money holding out.
Between loss of salary and the fines he accrued, Gordon stands to lose $2.1 million by holding out, without the reward of a long-term contract extension.
Now he must put his body at risk for a full NFL season, before he can reach free agency and get his payday elsewhere. Hopefully things work out for Gordon, but for the Chargers this could not have come at a better time.
They should pick up an easy win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and then they play their division rival, the Denver Broncos (0-3), next week.
With those two matchups and Gordon back, the Chargers stand a great chance to be back at .500 in no time.
Marcus Peters Traded From the Rams to the Ravens Prior to Jalen Ramsey Deal
When the Los Angeles Rams announced that they had traded their starting cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens, it did not make much sense.
Fellow Rams cornerback Aquib Talib was just placed on the injured reserve list, leaving a big hole in their secondary.
The assumption from everyone was that a Jalen Ramsey trade may be in the works, bringing the Rams the top cornerback in the NFL. And those assumptions proved to be accurate when Ramsey was traded to L.A. not long after Peters was sent away.
Now the Rams get to replace a corner that was struggling in their system, with one of the best player’s in the NFL.
While the Rams clearly got better through this assortment of moves, that does not mean that Peters is a washed player. He has two interceptions this year and at 26 years old, the two-time Pro Bowler can return to old form.
Peters also joins an already talented and deep secondary, as Baltimore tries to capitalize on their weak division and make a run at a Super Bowl.
Since all it took to acquire Peters was a backup linebacker and an undisclosed draft pick, this trade was a no-brainer for the Ravens to make.
Jalen Ramsey Gets His Wish, Traded to the L.A. Rams
The game of chicken that has been going on between the Jaguars and Jalen Ramsey is finally over, as Jacksonville has ceded to his demands for a trade.
Ramsey will now head to the defending NFC Champions, the Los Angeles Rams, while the Jaguars will recoup a huge haul of draft picks.
The Rams continue to make win-now moves, in hopes of winning a Super Bowl sooner rather than later. They no longer have a first round pick for the next five years after making this move.
It is a risky gamble to go without that level of draft capital for an extended period of time, especially in a salary cap sport like the NFL.
The Rams now have to pay Ramsey top dollar to remain in Los Angeles, after already paying Aaron Donald, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley in previous offseasons.
How they make all that money work is going to be a difficult task, but the on-field result is going to be great. Especially this year.
You can make the argument that the Rams now have the best two defensive players in the NFL, or at least the league’s top corner and top pass rusher.
Being able to thrive on multiple levels of the defense can once again turn the Rams into a Super Bowl contender.
The Rams have really hid the skids over the last month, dropping three straight games after starting the season 3-0. Two of those games have come against division rivals, as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have beat them in back-to-back weeks.
Both of those teams have already won five games, with the Seahawks being 5-1 and the Niners being 5-0.
Ramsey could be the spark plug the Rams desperately needed to reset their season and make another Super Bowl run.
Green Bay Packers Kick Game-Winning Field Goal to Steal MNF Win From Lions
The Detroit Lions can’t seem to catch a break this season.
After starting the year 2-0-1, the Lions played a great game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, but ultimately lost when Patrick Mahomes led his team to a touchdown in the last minute.
Then on Monday Night Football, Detroit nearly led the game wire-to-wire against their division rival, the Green Bay Packers, before Aaron Rodgers engineered a game-winning drive of his own.
The Lions scored the game’s first 13 points, before allowing the Packers back into the game to end the first half. With just over seven minutes remaining in the first half, Green Bay scored it’s first touchdown.
They then kicked a field goal before halftime, cutting the Lions lead to 13-10.
Detroit would extend their lead once again though, kicking three field goals compared to one by Green Bay, to carve out a 22-13 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the game.
Rodgers would score the first touchdown for either side in the second half, capping off a long drive with a great pass to Allen Lazard for a 35-yard touchdown.
Lazard is a great story, as he was signed by the Packers off the Jaguars practice squad last year. He was eventually placed on the Packers practice squad too, but earned a promotion to the active roster and had a big impact on Monday.
He led Green Bay with four catches and 65 yards, while picking up the first touchdown of his career.
The Packers ended up getting the ball back and would make the most of it, kicking a walk-off field goal to win.
While the Packers won this game with a comeback, what everyone is going to be talking about is the officiating that gave them that opportunity.
In both of Green Bay’s last two scoring drives, they were bailed out on failed third downs when a penalty flag was thrown to extend those drives.
Each of the penalties was called on Lions stud edge rusher Trey Flowers, as the referees called illegal hands to the face on No. 90.
You can see that Flowers never touched the face of either lineman on those plays as they were blatant missed calls by the refs.
What makes those calls worse is that the Packers linemen who were protecting Rodgers were actually the one’s using putting their hands in the face of the Lions pass rush.
If those flags aren’t thrown, the Packers would have to convert fourth downs to keep those drives alive, instead of being handed first downs.
After the game, the media met up with Flowers to ask him about those calls. Flowers was very careful not to say anything about the officiating that would get him fined by the NFL, but his face really says it all.
On the other hand, the Packers gladly accepted those officiating gaffes, as it helped them advance to 5-1 on the season.
The Packers will face a well-rested Raiders on a short week, as Oakland is coming off a bye.
Meanwhile the Lions will play another division rival, returning home to face the Minnesota Vikings.
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