I have to admit I was worried during the first half. No offensive line, no defensive line, Ronnie Brown running all over the defense….but then Norv adjusted and the Chargers pulled off a big win to stay only one game behind the Donkeys (who have yet to beat a REAL team so I’m NOT impressed!)
Shawne Merriman left the game with an injury; hopefully that’s not serious as the Bolts have enough injuries. Jamal Williams is out for the year; Nick Hardwick is out for 8 weeks. Philip Rivers went down before the half and it looked as though he’d be sidelined with Chad Pennington (who survived a bloodied nose but then suffered a right shoulder injury) but he came back in the 2nd half with a vengeance!! Rivers went 18/33, 303 yds (we won’t mention that lost sack fumble); however, he had some clutch passes on 3rd down. Vincent Jackson came up big, as usual, with 5 catches for 120 yards, including a key 55-yarder. Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates, and Legedu Naanee all contributed nicely. The running game wasn’t up to snuff (again) and I hope they figure something out….like an offensive line. LaDainian Tomlinson was out so Darren Sproles got the majority of the workload (and some vicious hits) with Michael Bennett helping out.
Defensively, Eric Weddle’s 4th quarter pick-6 sealed the Dolphins’ fate and was the team’s #2 tackler behind Kevin Burnett who also had a sack (and who I just picked up on a fantasy team!)
Nate Kaeding missed a 41-yd FG but did make 3 others and 2 XP. Unfortunately, those FGs were short AGAIN and while I appreciate all of Kaeding’s fantasy assistance, the Chargers need to get it together in the red zone – only 16% efficiency today….NOT acceptable!! They also need to get the penalties down as they went into today’s game leading the league in penalties. Today was much better – 3 for 20 yds.
Next week Rivers will have to overcome his Pittsburgh-itis and play well…Troy Polamalu should still be out and the Squealers dropped to 1-2 after losing to Cincinnati today. Hey Norv….watch the tape.
Finally, congratulations to the Detroit Lions who upset the Washington Redskins and recorded their first win since 2007!!