Chargers Plan on Coming Back

The Chargers' first visit to University of Phoenix Stadium brought out the liveliness in Lorenzo Neal, LaDainian Tomlinson's faith in Legedu Naanee, and everyone's hopes that the Bolts will end the season back in the desert.

  • The only Chargers' preseason game worth watching lived up to its hype. Both teams exchanged big plays, resulting in several ties and lead changes before the Chargers pulled away with two seconds left on the clock.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson went through his usual preseason routine of eating sunflower seeds and conducting sideline interviews. He voiced faith that Craig Davis -- who was out after having his wisdom teeth removed -- will have a huge impact on the offense. L.T. also believes Legedu Naanee is the sleeper of the rookie class.
  • Quentin Jammer ended Arizona's first drive after breaking up a Matt Leinart pass on the third play of the game, forcing the Arizona Cardinals to settle for a field goal. He also forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter, stripping the ball from Troy Bienemann.
  • At 6-foot-5, 241 lbs., Vincent Jackson is a hard man to miss. Apparently, not for the Cardinals defense. Jackson scored twice on plays where the secondary completely lost track of him.
  • Cletis Gordon provided tight coverage on defense, but on two of his kickoff returns the second-year player ended up running back towards his own goal line. His lackluster night on special teams all but guarantees Darren Sproles' spot on the roster.
  • Undrafted rookie Nick Roach used Matt Wilhelm's calf injury to his advantage. The linebacker out of Northwestern acquired more playing time and provided quality defense. Roach recovered a fumble and was active throughout the evening. Tim Dobbins enjoyed a big night as well, forcing a turnover and busting up a play in the backfield.
  • Nate Kaeding connected on all four attempts, including the game winner, but Billy Volek got most of the sideline accolades. Volek used reserve receivers Legedu Naanee and Kassim Osgood to get the team in field goal range. Osgood's 23-yard catch was especially impressive; the Cardinals knew it was coming but were unable to stop it.
  • Before Volek checked in, Philip Rivers showed the benefits of learning under Norv Turner. Rivers demonstrated the maturity that teammates and coaches expect from the on-field leader. So far this preseason, Rivers has completed 34 of 49 passes (69.4%) for three touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 117.3 passer rating.

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