San Diego Chargers running back Branden Oliver scores over New York Jets free safety Calvin Pryor during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
New York Jets defensive back Phillip Adams intercepts a pass intended for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
San Diego Chargers running back Branden Oliver, right, scores past New York Jets free safety Calvin Pryor during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
This is one victory to savor. Shutouts in the National Football League don't happen often. Our Chargers hadn't posted one in nearly four years. But on Sunday, they dominated, demoralized and destroyed the NY Jets in every conceivable way. Not only did they keep Geno Smith, Michael Vick and company out of the end zone for the entire game, they prevented them from crossing the 50 yard line until late in the 4th quarter. 31-0 Chargers. Wow.
A win like this obviously starts with the defense and it was spectacular. After three quarters the Jets' offense had gained a total of 63 yards to 411 for the Chargers. The Jets added more during garbage time in the 4th but the Bolts' D kept Rex Ryan's green machine off the scoreboard. After the game, Chargers CB Brandon Flowers told me they were striving for perfection and they got it.
I continue to be amazed by the "next man up" mentality that this team not only possesses but continues to showcase week in and week out. Sunday it was undrafted rookie Branden Oliver taking the reins and making the most of his opportunity. With 3rd string running back Donald Brown suffering a concussion, Oliver got the call and dazzled. He carried the ball 19 times for 114 yards and caught four passes for another 68. He became the first Charger to catch and run for a TD in the same game since Mike Tolbert did so in 2011.
By now the Chargers have concluded the celebration and are already thinking about the Oakland Raiders next Sunday. But as fans, let this one linger a little while longer. Swish it around your mouth and enjoy the taste. The Jets have dealt the Bolts a few tough losses that have haunted us over the years but suddenly ... I can't remember any of them.
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