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Chargers defense drives a 19-3 win over Cardinals

It's early, but the team looks improved.

The Chargers gave up 288 rushing yards against the Titans in the first preseason game.

In the second, played tonight against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium, they gave up only 63.

Improvement. That's the takeaway from the Chargers' 19-3 win over the Cardinals.


The Chargers starting defense had a solid showing in the first preseason game against the Titans, but a dominant one in the second game against the Cardinals.

Both cornerback Brandon Flowers and safety Jahleel Addae had interceptions -- Flowers, for a pick-6 and Addae for a 61-yard return that later set up a field goal  -- and Brandon Mebane, Casey Hayward, Melvin Ingram and Denzel Perryman all made standout plays. The defense forced a 3-and-out, scored a touchdown on Flowers' interception return and forced another 3-and-out before the starters left the field with seconds remaining in the first quarter.

 Linebacker Jerry Attaochu also had a nice game -- four tackles and a sack.


 In the first quarter, rookie punter Drew Kaser nailed his first professional punt in Qualcomm Stadium -- a beautiful 56-yarder, which Darrell Stuckey and Craig Mager downed at the two-yard line, forcing Arizona to start deep in their own territory.


Tight end Jeff Cumberland tried to chase down a pass in the end zone and came up hobbling. He was later carted off the field and did not return to the game because of an Achilles injury.

Rookie offensive lineman Donavan Clark was carted off in the second half with a knee injury. 

Other notables:

Kicker Josh Lambo was successful on all four field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder.

Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens led the team the first half of the game and completed 11 of 20 attempts for 134 yards and no touchdowns. Quarterback Mike Bercovici led the second half, completing nine of 13 passes for 108 yards and no touchdowns.




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