Chargers – Broncos Notes

The San Diego Chargers were crushed on Sunday by the Denver Broncos, 37-8, and not many good notes came from the game. Adrian Dingle and Marty Schottenheimer got into it on the sidelines after an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Dingle. The team was down 34-0 at that point.

The call happened on a third and four play that was stopped at the line. Not that the Chargers had much of a chance to win, but frustration spewed from both parties as Micah Knorr went on to kick a 27 yard field goal.

Appalling stats of the day:

Total Yards by possession:

First Possession: 0 yards
Second Possession: -3 yards
Third Possession: 1 yard, -2 total
Fourth Possession: 17 yards, 15 total
Fifth Possession: -2 yards, 13 total
Sixth Possession: 4 yards, 17 total
Seventh Possession: 0 yards, 17 total
Eighth Possession: 0 yards, 17 total
Ninth Possession: -2 yards, 15 total
Halftime
Tenth Possession: 4 yards, 19 total
Eleventh Possession: -1 yard, 18 total
Fourth quarter
Twelfth Possession: 67 yards, 85 total
Thirteenth Possession: 8 yards, 93 total
(NFL.com reports 96 total yards…) End of game
Total Penalty yards: 83

Rod Smith, Clinton Portis, Jake Plummer and Shannon Sharpe all had more all purpose yards individually than the whole Chargers team.

Sunday marked the fourth consecutive game that Clinton Portis topped 100 yards rushing against the Chargers.

With 4:45 to go in the third, Kwamie Lassiter went down with a right knee injury after getting cut by a Clinton Portis block. Lassiter made it off the field and looked ok on the sidelines. He did not return to the field.

Wide receiver Tim Dwight left the game in the third quarter to have his ribs X-rayed and did not return.

Denver had more than double the amount of plays that San Diego did, 85 to 40. Donnie Edwards coincidentally was credited with 18 tackles, not a good sign.

Doug Flutie was charged with three fumbles, although one appeared to be LaDainian Tomlinson who could not hold onto a handoff. Two of the fumbles were unforced.

Sammy Davis and Quentin Jammer both had their second interceptions of the season on the day. Davis returned his 41 yards, the biggest play of the day for the Chargers. Zeke Moreno recovered his second fumble in as many weeks. The Chargers turned none of their turnovers into points.

Rookie wide receiver Kassim Osgood caught his first career touchdown pass on a 19-yard completion from Doug Flutie in the fourth quarter. It was the only touchdown of the day for the Bolts.

Doug Flutie's completed pass to tight end Stephen Alexander following Osgood's fourth-quarter touchdown was the Chargers' first 2-point conversion of the season. It was Alexander's only reception of the day and he was the cause of an interception in the second quarter deep in Denver territory.

The second score by Sharpe was the 60th receiving touchdown of his career, tying him with Jerry Smith who previously was the leader in that category for a tight end. He later scored his third to take sole possession as the leading tight end in NFL history in touchdown receptions.

"It's nice to have all the records," Sharpe said. "My name is in the record book, but I look at all the people who have been around me, starting with No. 7 (John Elway). There have been a lot of guys throwing me passes and a lot of guys drawing up game plans for me."

Rants of the day:

Alexander does not deserve to be on the field. He missed every opportunity for a catch. What happened to getting Antonio Gates involved? Marty's loyalty to his old players continues to defy explanation. Five passes went his way and only one was caught, a two point conversion mentioned previously.

How does one get called for taunting when the team is down by 27? Marcellus Wiley got called for just that -- after Sammy Davis intercepted a Plummer pass. Have an answer for that Mr. Wiley?


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