Barksdale, Oliver injured in third preseason game vs. Vikings

Oliver, who suffered an Achilles injury, could be out indefinitely.

The Chargers played their third preseason game Sunday at the Vikings' shiny new $1.1 billion stadium in Minnesota. Here are some of the highlights:

INJURY UPDATE:

More important than a meaningless preseason score is who left the field because of injury, and the Chargers lost in that area. Right tackle Joe Barksdale was rolled on by teammate Orlando Franklin and left the field with an ankle injury. Running back Branden Oliver, who suffered a season-ending toe injury last year, was carted off the field with an Achilles injury in the second quarter. Oliver had worked hard to come back this season and was having a strong preseason before getting hurt.

 

DEFENSE NOT SO DOMINANT:

After seeing San Diego's defense play stout coverage against the Arizona Cardinals, they allowed an eight-play, 68-yard drive to open the game in Minnesota.  Though the Vikings were able to march down the field, the Chargers made stops in the red zone to force an early field goal.

In the second series, defensive end Corey Liuget notched a sack on a third-and-goal, forcing a second field goal for the Vikings. Liuget also had some key tackles throughout the game. Second-year linebacker Kyle Emanuel contributed with a tipped ball and quarterback pressure in some earlier plays.

The Chargers allowed a Vikings touchdown at the end of the first half on a 6-play, 78 yard drive that only took 1:10 off the clock and included chunk gains of 19, 22 and 27 yards by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater against San Diego's starters. The Chargers defense allowed six plays of 18 yards or more in the first half, continuing a troubling trend they saw last year, when the defense had difficulty stopping big plays. 

At one point, Bridgewater, under pressure, hit tight end Kyle Rudolph for an 11-yard pass, but the ball was stripped by safety Dexter McCoil and recovered by cornerback Jason Verrett. McCoil is one to watch as the Chargers make cuts -- he's made a strong push to be on the 53-man this preseason.

 

OFFENSE OPTIMISM:

 San Diego's offense had some early hiccups -- a bobbled catch by Keenan Allen led to a Vikings interception on the first series, and a clunky incomplete catch by Allen on 3rd-and-13 ended the second series. On the third series, however, running back Melvin Gordon notched his second preseason touchdown and put the Chargers on the board.  After not finding the end zone his rookie season, Gordon has found it twice this year, scoring on a 44-yard catch and run against the Titans and on a 39-yard run in Minnesota.

In the first half, Rivers hit wide receiver Travis Benjamin for a first down (15 yards). It was the first in-game completion for the two, and what the Chargers hope will be the beginning of a strong connection in the regular season.

Rivers finished 5 of 9 for 54 yards and one interception, and is likely done playing for the preseason.



A few other notes:

Tight end Antonio Gates, safety Jahleel Addae, linebacker Jatavis Brown,  guard D.J. Fluker and nose tackle Brandon Mebane did not play, among others. Gates and Brown have not played at all this preseason -- not surprising for the 36-year-old Gates, but not ideal for Brown, a rookie who has been sidelined with an injury. Brown returned to practice this week but was not active Sunday.

Guard Spencer Pulley started for Fluker, who was injured earlier this week.

Rookie Drew Kaser continued to impress with his punts, including one in the first quarter that was placed inside the 10 and downed at the seven yard line.


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After seeing San Diego's defense play stout coverage against the Arizona Cardinals, they allowed an eight-play, 68-yard drive to open the game in Minnesota.  Though the Vikings were able to march down the field, the Chargers made stops in the red zone to force an early field goal.

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In the second series, defensive end Corey Liuget notched a sack on a third-and-goal, forcing a second field goal for the Vikings. Liuget also had some key tackles throughout the game. Second-year linebacker Kyle Emanuel contributed with a tipped ball and quarterback pressure in some earlier plays.

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The Chargers allowed a Vikings touchdown at the end of the first half on a 6-play, 78 yard drive that only took 1:10 off the clock and included chunk gains of 19, 22 and 27 yards by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater against San Diego's starters. The Chargers defense allowed six plays of 18 yards or more in the first half, continuing a troubling trend they saw last year, when the defense had difficulty stopping big plays. 

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At one point, Bridgewater, under pressure, hit tight end Kyle Rudolph for an 11-yard pass, but the ball was stripped by safety Dexter McCoil and recovered by cornerback Jason Verrett. McCoil is one to watch as the Chargers make cuts -- he's made a strong push to be on the 53-man this preseason.

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 San Diego's offense had some early hiccups -- a bobbled catch by Keenan Allen led to a Vikings interception on the first series, and a clunky incomplete catch by Allen on 3rd-and-13 ended the second series. On the third series, however, running back Melvin Gordon notched his second preseason touchdown and put the Chargers on the board.  After not finding the end zone his rookie season, Gordon has found it twice this year, scoring on a 44-yard catch and run against the Titans and on a 39-yard run in Minnesota.

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In the first half, Rivers hit wide receiver Travis Benjamin for a first down (15 yards). It was the first in-game completion for the two, and what the Chargers hope will be the beginning of a strong connection in the regular season.

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Tight end Antonio Gates, safety Jahleel Addae, linebacker Jatavis Brown,  guard D.J. Fluker and nose tackle Brandon Mebane did not play, among others. Gates and Brown have not played at all this preseason -- not surprising for the 36-year-old Gates, but not ideal for Brown, a rookie who has been sidelined with an injury. Brown returned to practice this week but was not active Sunday.

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Guard Spencer Pulley started for Fluker, who was injured earlier this week.

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Rookie Drew Kaser continued to impress with his punts, including one in the first quarter that was placed inside the 10 and downed at the seven yard line.

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The Chargers played their third preseason game Sunday at the Vikings' shiny new $1.1 billion stadium in Minnesota. Here are some of the highlights:

INJURY UPDATE:

More important than a meaningless preseason score is who left the field because of injury, and the Chargers lost in that area. Right tackle Joe Barksdale was rolled on by teammate Orlando Franklin and left the field with an ankle injury. Running back Branden Oliver, who suffered a season-ending toe injury last year, was carted off the field with an Achilles injury in the second quarter. Oliver had worked hard to come back this season and was having a strong preseason before getting hurt.

@ProFootballDoc excellent slow motion video footage of Achilles rupture in @Chargers game. Feel for Branden Oliver pic.twitter.com/s0dIH9cmOb

— Matthew Eddy (@Mjeddy23) August 28, 2016

DEFENSE NOT SO DOMINANT:

After seeing San Diego's defense play stout coverage against the Arizona Cardinals, they allowed an eight-play, 68-yard drive to open the game in Minnesota. Though the Vikings were able to march down the field, the Chargers made stops in the red zone to force an early field goal.

In the second series, defensive end Corey Liuget notched a sack on a third-and-goal, forcing a second field goal for the Vikings. Liuget also had some key tackles throughout the game. Second-year linebacker Kyle Emanuel contributed with a tipped ball and quarterback pressure in some earlier plays.

The Chargers allowed a Vikings touchdown at the end of the first half on a 6-play, 78 yard drive that only took 1:10 off the clock and included chunk gains of 19, 22 and 27 yards by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater against San Diego's starters. The Chargers defense allowed six plays of 18 yards or more in the first half, continuing a troubling trend they saw last year, when the defense had difficulty stopping big plays.

At one point, Bridgewater, under pressure, hit tight end Kyle Rudolph for an 11-yard pass, but the ball was stripped by safety Dexter McCoil and recovered by cornerback Jason Verrett. McCoil is one to watch as the Chargers make cuts -- he's made a strong push to be on the 53-man this preseason.

OFFENSE OPTIMISM:

San Diego's offense had some early hiccups -- a bobbled catch by Keenan Allen led to a Vikings interception on the first series, and a clunky incomplete catch by Allen on 3rd-and-13 ended the second series. On the third series, however, running back Melvin Gordon notched his second preseason touchdown and put the Chargers on the board. After not finding the end zone his rookie season, Gordon has found it twice this year, scoring on a 44-yard catch and run against the Titans and on a 39-yard run in Minnesota.

In the first half, Rivers hit wide receiver Travis Benjamin for a first down (15 yards). It was the first in-game completion for the two, and what the Chargers hope will be the beginning of a strong connection in the regular season.

Rivers finished 5 of 9 for 54 yards and one interception, and is likely done playing for the preseason.



A few other notes:

Tight end Antonio Gates, safety Jahleel Addae, linebacker Jatavis Brown, guard D.J. Fluker and nose tackle Brandon Mebane did not play, among others. Gates and Brown have not played at all this preseason -- not surprising for the 36-year-old Gates, but not ideal for Brown, a rookie who has been sidelined with an injury. Brown returned to practice this week but was not active Sunday.

Guard Spencer Pulley started for Fluker, who was injured earlier this week.

Rookie Drew Kaser continued to impress with his punts, including one in the first quarter that was placed inside the 10 and downed at the seven yard line.

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