‘Not a surprise’: Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram smother Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers

Josh Peter


Published 10: 04 PM EST Nov 3, 2019

CARSON, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers did something almost remarkable on Sunday.

They made Aaron Rodgers look ordinary.

In a 26-11 victory over Green Bay, the Chargers held held the Packers star quarterback to 61 yards on 11-of-19 passing through three quarters.

Rodgers finished with 161 yards and a touchdown on 23-for-35 passing in a forgettable performance for him but a memorable performance for Los Angeles.

“It’s not a surprise,’’ Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram III said. “It’s what we expect to do.’’

Much of the credit went to Ingram and fellow defensive end Joey Bosa, with each recording a sack on their own and also combining for a sack — which prompted a celebration between the two.

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“That’s what we do,’’ said Ingram, whose made the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons. “We out there having fun. It’s a party with us. We out there ballin’.”

Ballin’ better than most 4-5 teams all of a sudden.

With Shane Steichen making his debut as the Chargers offensive coordinator — five days after Ken Whisenhunt was fired — the Chargers amassed 442 yards. On four drives the Chargers settled for field goals, but an invigorated running game generated 159 yards.

Still, what was most impressive was how the Chargers contained Rodgers, and that hinged considerably on the play of Ingram, who looked in top form in his second game back after missing three games with a hamstring injury. Against the Packers, he moved past Shawne Merriman into sixth place on the team’s all-time sacks list with 44.5 sacks.

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But the Packers on Sunday were just as preoccupied with Bosa, who is among the league leaders in sacks with 8.5.

“We tried to make sure that we were sliding ot him and also got some stuff and try to chip him off the edges,’’ Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “Certainly he was a big factor.’’

Bosa had four quarterbacks hurries and a tackle-for-loss and Ingram had two quarterback hurries and a tackle-for-loss. Were they playing at their highest level together?

“No, we’ve got so much farther to go, man,’’ Ingram said. “We got a long way to go, bro.’’

Aaron Rodgers might beg to differ. In fact he did, saying “They’re great players.”

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