Chargers Report Card Week 4

The Chargers beat the Patriots 21-14 at the Q in front of a packed house. Lets see how they got there by grading out the units.

QUARTERBACKS- Drew Brees threw only 18 passes but delivered a beautiful over the shoulder pass to Curtis Conway for a 58 yard touchdown strike. Brees led his team to victory which in this league is what matters. Brees also threw no interceptions, something Coach Marty Schottenheimer stressed all week. Grade:B

RUNNING BACKS- LaDainian Tomlinson tied the team record set by Gary Anderson of 217 yards on seven fewer carries. His touchdown runs of 37 and 58 yards were career longs. The only blemish was a fumble by Fred McCrary, but it cannot take away from the career day LT had. Grade: A

RECEIVERS- Four receptions to wide receivers? Curtis Conway caught 3 passes including the 58 yarder that netted a touchdown. Dwight caught one to bring his total to 5 on the season. So why such praise? Conway and Dwight laid out some heavy blocks to spring the running game. Though their numbers were not called in the passing game they made their presence known in any way they could. The speed Dwight showed on his block downfield was amazing. Grade: B+

OFFENSIVE LINE- Jason Ball and Toniu Fonoti, two rookies, played like veterans. Ball had a key block on one of Tomlinson's scoring runs as he pulled to the right to deliver a block that sprung LT. The unit also allowed ZERO sacks and effectively had a strong push all day. Grade: A

DEFENSIVE LINE- No sacks against the quick throwing Tom Brady, but did create some pressure and limited the Patriots run game to 3.8 yards per carry. Grade: C

LINEBACKERS- Junior Seau shows his heart and determination playing on a bum ankle. He ends the game as the leading tackler for the Bolts. Ben Leber came up huge on a 4th and 1 stop of Marc Edwards. Donnie Edwards comes up with his 2nd interception in as many games and does a great job in coverage all day. Grade: B

SECONDARY- Ryan McNeil gets an interception and Alex Molden has eight tackles and a fumble recovery. They allow Mike Vrabel, a linebacker, to catch a touchdown pass, but kept the play in front of them for most of the game. Grade: B

SPECIAL TEAMS- No touchbacks by Wade Richey. Darren Bennett's late punt died on the SD 4 and may have saved the game. Steve Christie's field goal attempt is blocked off the dirt from 50 yards out. The return game is missing yet again. Grade: C-

COACHING- Marty Schottenheimer calmed his team down after allowing 2 early touchdowns. The Chargers kept running the football because it worked all day. Grade: B

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