SAN DIEGO -- It has been the most scrutinized position group on the team this season, but in the past two games the secondary of the San Diego Chargers has played its best football.
The Chargers have given up 20 passing touchdowns this season, but just two in the past two games. Against the Giants, the Chargers broke up 11 passes and finished with two interceptions, one by Donald Butler and cornerback Shareece Wright’s first of the season.
“We’re getting more comfortable with each other,” safety Eric Weddle said. “We’ve put two good games together, going against really good wideouts. And if you take away the little mental errors throughout a game and you play with the right leverage you eliminate the big plays – that’s the biggest thing for a secondary is keep everything in front of us.
“When it’s time to make your play, when you get a good read or a good jump on the route, you’ve got to go make it. And that’s what we’ve done the last couple weeks.”
Wright had his best game of the season, finishing with three pass deflections and an interception. Wright almost had a second interception in the first half, but the ball bounced out of his hands and was hauled in by Hakeem Nicks for a 28-yard gain.
“We’re playing together, and being together as a defense,” Wright said. “When you’re making plays, getting sacks and getting turnovers you tend to play with more confidence. When things aren’t going your way and you’re giving up big plays, you tend to lose your confidence.”
Weddle has seen growth from Wright from earlier in the season.
“That’s the way he needs to play, week in and week out,” Weddle said. “We’ve been searching for consistency with Shareece, play in and play out. Execute the call. Play aggressive, but also smart. Reading what you read in zone coverages, and that’s where he needs to continue to get better. But he put it together and showed what he’s capable of.”
San Diego’s secondary faces another tough test on the road on Thursday against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The Chargers held the Broncos to 28 points earlier this season in a 28-20 loss at Qualcomm Stadium. However, they gave up five passing plays of 18 or more yards, including a 74-yard touchdown by tight end Julius Thomas on Denver’s third play of the game.
“We know when we played Denver the last time they made some plays,” cornerback Richard Marshall said. “There were a couple plays that we had out there that we should have made, but we didn’t make. We’re going to go back and watch that film, see where they hit us at and try to correct our mistakes from the last game.
“We know that Peyton is a good quarterback, and we know they have some good receivers over there. So we’ve just got to practice hard, and make our plays when the plays come.”