Random thoughts on the San Diego Chargers’ 24-7 win at Arizona on Saturday night:
The Chargers bounced back and played a strong game in the most important one of the preseason. San Diego was sloppy last week in Chicago. But Mike McCoy’s team showed nice improvement at Arizona.
Quarterback Philip Rivers’ numbers were not great. He was 10-of-18 passing for 71 yards and he was intercepted once. But the Chargers moved the ball well under Rivers’ guidance.
Running back Ryan Mathews continued his strong preseason as he had 57 yards on 14 carries. Mathews did fumble (the Chargers ended up scoring on the play) once. He needs to fix that part of his game.
San Diego’s offensive line appeared to be much improved from the Chicago game. Arizona had just one sack. That is a positive development. Rivers needs protection.
San Diego was strong defensively. Defensive end Dwight Freeney was very active. At 33, he has shown this preseason that he still has something left in the tank.
After being awful on special teams in the first two preseason games, San Diego was better Saturday. They blocked a punt and a field goal.
Second-year tight end Ladarius Green had a 57-yard catch. He continued to show he may be ready to be a contributor this season.
Second-year safety Brandon Taylor had five tackles and looked good. It was his first action since tearing his ACL late last season. The team has high hopes for him.