Reviewing the Chargers vs. Cowboys

Random thoughts from San Diego’s 16-14 home loss against Dallas:

The Chargers’ first units continued to be very strong on offense and defense.

Quarterback Philip Rivers looked very good. He was 11-of-15 for 125 yards. He did throw a red-zone interception, though. Rivers also scared the daylights of the team and its fans when he made a big tackle on a fumble return.

Hey, Rivers is a gamer. Even in August.

The offense line is still a work in progress without holdout left tackle Marcus McNeill. It wasn’t perfect and it might never be, but it seems to be coming along.

Rookie running back Ryan Mathews continued to look sharp. He had 53 yards on 12 carries. It sure looks like Mathews is going to be game-ready once the regular season starts in Kansas City.

San Diego’s first-unit defense was stout. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed just 4 of 11 passes for 30 yards. The Cowboys had just 54 yards rushing on 23 attempts. Dallas had just 11 first downs.

It’s early, but the Chargers seem to be a very well-tuned team at this point of the preseason.