The Chargers played their second preseason game Saturday night in Arizona, and though they won with a last-second field goal attempt by rookie kicker Josh Lambo, there were some areas of concern going forward.
The third preseason game will be played Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks, and will give the Chargers a better indication of where they're at in the preseason process.
Some notes from the game:
**The Chargers had six sacks in the first half, with five of them coming from linebackers -- and two from Melvin Ingram -- and the sixth from rookie defensive tackle Darius Philon. The defense as a whole looked more physical, more dominant. They seem to be taking ownership and personal responsibility for their unit.
**After a ton of praise from quarterback Philip Rivers and the media in the week preceding the Arizona game, wide receiver Keenan Allen dropped two balls Saturday night.
**Wide receiver Stevie Johnson has only been targeted once in the last two preseason games, and that was in Week One. Now, Rivers didn't play at all in the second game, but one would hope to see some connections in the third preseason game.
**Speaking of Lambo ...
He nailed a 53-yard field goal in the third quarter and then a 47-yard attempt as time expired in Arizona, securing a (meaningless) 22-19 win over the Cardinals … and perhaps more importantly, securing his legitimacy in the kicker competition.
The Michigan native took over full-time kicking duties in the team’s second preseason game after veteran Nick Novak appeared to tweak his ankle in the third quarter. Lambo finished with three touchbacks and three successful field goals, including the final one as the clock ran down (saving fans from having to watch two teams go to overtime in preseason football. For that, we thank you, Josh Lambo.)
Touchbacks have been a priority of Lambo’s for the last year.
“I can’t really complain about kicking a ball to the end zone,” he said after the first preseason game against the Cowboys. “That’s what they wanted me to do. This whole year it’s been a big emphasis of mine, because I didn’t kick off in college. So I knew coming in here, that was something I would have to do. I’ve been working on it a lot over the past eight months. I like the progress where I’m at. I think I can get the ball even higher and further and that’s what I’m going to work at doing.”