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Chargers Week 2 Preseason Review

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The San Diego Chargers 2nd preseason game of the year turned out extremely well. They looked solid in many forms.

The San Diego Chargers came out on a very high note in their week 2 preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates were two of ten Chargers who got the night off, so we didn’t see anything from them. But, we did see a very good amount of quality play from a slew of players. The Chargers went into halftime winning 16-0, and ended up winning the game 19-3.

Chargers Defense

The first team defense played about a quarter and a half. They ended up getting two interceptions, and one was returned for a touchdown by Brandon Flowers. The other interception was by Jahleel Addae. The secondary as a whole looked extremely solid. The run defense also came up pretty big early on, as they almost tackled David Johnson for a safety in the first quarter. Through the first 5 possessions, the Chargers defense forced three 3 and outs and 2 turnovers, one that they returned for a touchdown. They were solid throughout the game, even when the second crew came in.

Chargers Offense

The offense came out without Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, and didn’t see much of Keenan Allen. The offense struggled to get into the end zone, but they still put up points. Dontrelle Inman got clobbered on a crossing route and left the game and did not return. Although his exit was not considered an injury, it was still scary. Allen was his usual self while he was out there, as he pulled in 2 catches for 41 yards. Melvin Gordon had a couple of good runs in the first quarter, but he was quiet throughout the rest of the contest. With Rivers sitting out, Kellen Clemens got the start. He struggled a bit, but he spread the targets around to his weapons and let them get some touches. Tyrell Williams had a few good grabs, which is intriguing. Overall, the offense played well. They struggled to convert drives into touchdowns, but they did get scores.

Overall Review

Overall, this Chargers team played very well. It was a very good performance. It was obvious the defense played extremely well. The entire team came out as a force, and didn’t slow down. It was a solid performance throughout the whole game. It was definitely a game to be proud of for Chargers fans. On the offensive side of the ball, the Chargers played well and put points on the board. The one thing the offense couldn’t do, with their first team especially, was convert good drives into touchdown. The offense settled for three field goals in the first half and only scored one touchdown. It was good to see them be in scoring position, though. With no Rivers or Gates, it was a performance the coaching staff has to be more happy about than upset about, but there is always room for improvement. The Chargers will look for that improvement next week when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.