The Chargers beat the Cowboys in the first preseason game, 17-7 .... But really, who cares. This is the preseason. Here's what to take away:
Don’t freak: It’s not as bad as you think or as good as you think. Remember, this is the preseason. A lot of vanilla playcalling, a lot of second-and-third string players. The most you can hope for is that guys stay healthy and that confidence and communication strengthens.
Sooo, that being said:
Welcome back, Danny Woodhead: The Chargers first-team defense allowed some key conversions – 3rd-and-11 and 4th-and-1—but the Cowboys fumbled the snap on the Chargers' 32-yard-line, and it was recovered by CB Patrick Robinson. Six plays later, with quarterback Philip Rivers and the starters driving down the field, Danny Woodhead ran through the left side for an 8-yard touchdown.
"It was awesome," Rivers said after the game. "We had talked about going to him all week. If we got into the red zone, we were going to run it. [Woodhead] was so excited so I know it felt good for him. It's been a long time since he carried [the ball] in a game, so that part was a highlight for certain."
O-Line Evaluation: The starting offensive line looked like this: LT King Dunlap, LG Orlando Franklin, C Chris Watt, RG DJ Fluker, RT Joe Barksdale. Rivers left the game after the first series, but the starting O-Line stayed in. Final line: no sacks, 7 carries for 19 yards. Small sample size, though. After the game, center Chris Watt said he felt the line "played good, but not great."
Gordon grinding: First-round draft pick Melvin Gordon saw his first snaps in an NFL game, going 11-yards on 6 rushes in two series. Gordon showed power and also some hesitation. He made guys miss, but didn’t gain a ton of yards. He pleaded for more carries, but was denied.
"I wasn't feeling it," Gordon said after the game. "It just wasn't clicking for me today. The line opened up some things for me and I got on some one-on-one situations, and in this league you have to win those, especially if it's against the corner or the safety. You have to win that. The line did their job, so it's on me to make that guy miss. So I got to be better there and I will."
Philip Rivers played one series. He went 2 for 2 for 20 yards.
Injuries: Johnnie Troutman appears to have injured his arm. Stood on sideline with arm in a sling in second half. CB Chris Davis was hit hard in the second quarter and went to the locker room; LB Tourek Williams with apparent foot injury.
Fumblerooski: There were two fumbles by the Cowboys, and two recoveries by the Chargers (Patrick Robinson in the first quarter; Tourek Williams in the second.)
BO Knows: Branden Oliver, who flashed his brilliance last year in the preseason against the Cowboys, did it again Thursday night, with 10 rushes for 53 yards. He scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run in the second quarter.
Hit em hard: Denzel Perryman finally got what he wanted – he delivered some hard, thumping hits.
Addae at em: Jahleel Addae, competing for the strong safety spot, had a solid game, delivering timely tackles on a number of plays. He finished the game with five tackles, the high on defense.
Oooh, sack em: Chargers rookie OLB Kyle Emanuel delivered a nice inside move to sack the Cowboys third-string quarterback.