Chargers vs Lions: The Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) won’t have an easy walk in the park to remain perfect on the season, not with how well the Detroit Lions (0-0-1) played in their Week 1 tie against the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions should have left Arizona with a victory, but blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead to the Cardinals only to salvage a tie in a game that could have been a loss.
In come the Chargers, fresh off a thrilling overtime victory of their own against the Indianapolis Colts. The Chargers rode Austin Ekeler’s 154 total yards and three touchdowns to the Week 1 victory, averaging 6.0 yards per carry without Melvin Gordon. Ekeler had 12 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown while finishing with six catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns as the Chargers had 435 yards of total offense in the opener. So, wishing to enjoy Chargers vs Lions live match on 247SportsTV.com
The Lions have a legitimate pass-catching tight end in T.J. Hockenson (six catches, 134 yards, touchdown) and Danny Amendola to compliment Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Matthew Stafford also had 385 yards and three touchdowns. While the Lions’ passing game is surprising, they are a run-first team and look to get Kerryon Johnson (16 carries, 49 yards in Week 1) going against a Chargers defense that allowed 203 rushing yards to the Colts last week.
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Before the first hit, and even before the first snap, rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai felt the rush of adrenalin when he ran through the tunnel and onto the field with his Detroit Lions teammates for the start of last week’s road game with the Arizona Cardinals.
This was the real thing – not practice, not a preseason game. It was a game that counted, and it was special.
When he settled down, Tavai played well in the 27-27 tie with the Cardinals, and there’s no reason to think he won’t continue that level of play in Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
It will be a tough test for the entire team, especially for the defense with the task of defending against an offense led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers with a solid running attack for support.
Looking back a week, there were special memories in Tavai’s first pro game.
“You get a little emotional,” Tavai said this week. “You look at everything you sacrificed to get where you are. Nothing beats running out with the guys you worked your butt off with. All of us running out there – it’s a great experience.
“Training camp, it’s all hell. You’re sweating and dying out there. Game time, we get to have fun and let loose.