Chargers 17, Cardinals 6
Fun game, great seats! Check out the pics…
The first string looked great (except for Philip Rivers’ 4 sacks by an impressive Cardinals’ defense.) Rivers managed 5-7, 116 yds. Actually, Billy Volek looked awesome (I’m still asserting that he play in Pittsburgh!) LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles played much of the first quarter again which was nice to see. Very impressive last night were Legedu Naanee (2-54, 1 TD), Michael Bennett (5-16, 1 TD), and rookie RB Gartrell Johnson who rushed most of the final quarter (11 carries, 32 yards) with some great moves. He’s definitely a player to keep an eye on. Malcom Floyd had a couple of great catches as well.
It was nice seeing Shawne Merriman back, albeit in a knee brace, and sporting his blue mohawk. Kassim Osgood’s “Charger’s gold” hairdo was, um, interesting! Nevertheless, the defense IS BACK!! Clinton Hart and Antonio Cromartie each had an INT, Jyles Tucker recorded a sack, and rookie S Kevin Ellison forced a fumble.
Of concern is the Chargers’ O-line which was having some problems; hence the 4 sacks in close proximity to each other.
I was also slightly worried when Ed Hochuli was the referee; however, he did a good job (partially redeeming himself for the week 2 Denver DEBACLE last year!).
Vincent Jackson wasn’t suited up but was awesome, signing my lucky VJ jersey! Made my upcoming birthday, that’s for sure!! Sitting at the visitors’ tunnel I was able to “chat up” Norv Turner and Dean Spanos, talk to Clinton Hart (a friend of some friends of mine!), and get David Binn’s autograph as well (he was one of the few who actually stopped for fans), in addition to the obligatory yelling at players as they entered and exited the tunnel. Many were appreciative, waving and high-fiving which is always nice to see…
There were a lot of Chargers’ fans at the game, but for me it was difficult rooting against the Cardinals (who should have won the Super Bowl last year). For a different slant, check out my Cardinals blog at http://arizonacardinals.contentquake.com.
My new “prized possession”!!