Chargers defense does enough

It wasn't the typical domination most have become accustomed to. With their two best playmakers missing, the Chargers had to also overcome injuries to several more of their top playmakers.

"We have a lot of guys who can come off the bench and play," linebacker Donnie Edwards said. "That is a credit to our coaches."

Marques Harris pounced on a Charlie Frye fumble in the end zone and did his patented handspring back-flip. Randall Godfrey put the pressure on Frye and received credit for forcing the ball free as Frye tried to stumble away.

"I was just doing my job," said Harris. "I saw the ball on the ground. I will thank Randall for that. Afterwards I did a little flip there. It is something I have been doing since I was little."

It was the first touchdown of Harris' career. For Godfrey, it is the 16th forced fumble of his ten-year career and first this season. Godfrey had five forced fumbles during the 2000 season while he was with the Tennessee Titans. Godfrey was also credited with a sack – the 14th of his career and first since October 23, 2005.

"We kept playing hard," said Godfrey. "Kept putting pressure on the quarterback."

It's the first time in team history the Chargers have scored touchdowns on fumbles in back to back games.

"We were able to score on defense," noted Marlon McCree. "For the most part we handled their offense."

Harris also notched a sack, his second of the year and third in his career.

Godfrey was, however, called for two separate 15-yard penalties on the day.

Godfrey would force another fumble in the fourth quarter on Kellen Winslow Jr. but the Browns would recover the ball. Clinton Hart would rip the ball out of Jermome Harrison's hands only to see it pop up into the waiting arms of Joe Jurevicius.

Luis Castillo sacked Frye in the second quarter, his first of the game and fifth of the season. He would leave the game in the second quarter with an injury.

"We have so many talented guys on this team in terms of getting to that quarterback and we do so many things with Coach Wade putting us in the right position to make plays that we can get after people," said Castillo.

Jacques Cesaire notched a sack in the first quarter, his first of the year. His last sack came on October 16, 2005 against the Oakland Raiders. Cesaire added a second quarter sack to set a new career-high for sacks in a game. He came into the game with 1.5 over his career.

Defensive lineman Derreck Robinson partially blocked a field goal attempt but with it trickled through the upright from 20 yards out.

Donnie Edwards intercepted a tipped pass in the second quarter, taking advantage of a big hit from Clinton Hart that jarred the ball loose from Braylon Edwards. D. Edwards was banged up on the play and would miss a quarter of play with a knee injury. The linebacker has 26 career interceptions, most among active linebackers, and two this year. He has had two or more picks in five straight seasons and seven of his last eight.

"Guys in the huddle are saying, ‘it is my time.' ‘No, it is my time,'" added Edwards.

A bogus illegal contact penalty on Quentin Jammer nullified a Marlon McCree sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery.

With five more sacks on Sunday, the Chargers lead the NFL in that category with 31 through eight games.

The Bolts held Cleveland to 89 yards rushing and a 3.2 average per rush. It is the 19th straight home game without allowing a player to rush for 100 yards, tied for most in the league.


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