Chargers see threes

The San Diego Chargers escaped the game with three injuries of note. Sammy Davis' injury could keep him out for a week while the injury to Carlos Polk could keep him out for a while. Antonio Gates' injury needs rest but he should be ready for the opener. In a game the Bolts dominated, they accomplished three things they had not done in years.

  • Sammy Davis left the game with a concussion.

    Antonio Gates left the game in the first quarter with a sprained ankle.

    Carlos Polk dislocated a shoulder in the second quarter playing special teams.

  • Drayton Florence returned the opening kickoff 67 yards to open the game. Florence did something he rarely has done before; he slowed down long enough for a block to form and cutback across the field. In camp and in preseason a year ago, Florence would go like the flash but any resistance he met would knock him to the ground.

  • Powell returned a punt for a touchdown late in the game. Tim Dwight was the last to return a punt for a touchdown. His came against Washington on September 9, 2001 and traversed 84 yards.

  • The Chargers went 1-for-3 in the red zone and were 1-for-2 with goal-to-go.

    They combated it by faking a field goal. Mike Scifres took the snap from center and did a blind toss of the football over his head to Nate Kaeding who scooted into the end zone with a finger raised proclaiming him to be number one.

    "We got down there twice and I got tired of kicking field goals, so we ran a fake,'' coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "We need to improve ourselves in that area."

    "I was very disappointed," Arizona coach Dennis Green said. "I think they're playing much better than we are on special teams."

  • Randall Godfrey and Zeke Moreno began the game as the middle linebackers and the first throw went between them for a 17 yard completion. Godfrey supplanted Stephen Cooper who had started the first game. Moreno had a team high six tackles.

  • The Chargers had two safeties on the night. One was by Cooper who knifed through an unfilled gap in the center of the line to tackle Damien Anderson at the goalline. Cooper had four tackles on the day in a reserve role.

    The other safety was credited to Dave Ball who was held as he turned the corner and got positioning to sack the quarterback but was held. A holding penalty in the end zone is an automatic safety.

    The last Chargers safety – against Arizona in September of 2002. Carlos Polk blocked a punt in the end zone.

  • Shaun Phillips had a forced fumble, a sack, a fumble recovery and provided pressure all day long.

    "I got a lot better," Phillips said of his day-to-day progress. "I do a fairly good job coming up, like in nickel situations they have me in a three point stance so I do a fairly good job in that aspect of pass rushing so I have been training myself to go out in this two point stance and get there, get there."

    Dave Ball also had a sack and a forced fumble. Jonathan Cox returned the fumble Ball induced for a touchdown. The last time the Chargers accomplished that was in 2002 when Donnie Edwards returned a ball 82 yard on November 10 against St. Louis.

  • Matt Wilhelm made a mental mistake when he did not tackle a player after a catch in the third quarter. Wilhelm immediately turned to the official to say the pass was incomplete. Regardless, Wilhelm had to touch him up and then argue the call. He gave a head bob "damn" while on the field acknowledging his screw up. Ironically, the play was challenged and Wilhelm was right – it was an incompletion.

  • Drew Brees went 13-for-21 for 172 with one touchdown and one interception.

    Brees looked confident out there. He had time to throw and showed some zip previously unseen on his passes. He even took some shots in the downfield area.

    "I think Brees, right now, is playing really good football," injured receiver Tim Dwight said.

    Cleo Lemon was 8-for-12 for 86 yards.

    Joe Germaine threw an interception on his first pass of the preseason. Germaine was trying to hit Luke Powell but underthrew him. Powell tried to swipe the ball away, and did from one defender, but another swooped in to pick the ball off.

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