Chargers Report Card Week 6

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron came out firing and did not stop. His playcalling kept the Chiefs off balance all afternoon and the Chargers executed well enough to get a 35-34 win.

QUARTERBACKS- Drew Brees threw 2 interceptions but bounced back to lead his Chargers to a 35-34 victory. Brees ended the game going 28-41 with 319 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brees connected for a 3 yard TD pass to rookie Reche Caldwell with just 13 seconds left in the game to secure the win. Grade: B

RUNNING BACKS- LaDainian Tomlinson Carried the ball 20 times for 78 yards and caught 9 passes out of the backfield for 78 yards as well. He was patient in his runs and provided Brees with a perfect dump-off outlet. Grade: B

RECEIVERS- Tim Dwight caught 5 passes for the second week in a row and had 2 touchdowns, 1 on a run and another on a pass. Curtis Conway fumbled twice, but came back on the final drive with 3 receptions in a row to setup the winning TD to Caldwell. Caldwell had 3 catches as he became part of the gameplan this week. Josh Norman caught 2 big passes before leaving the game with an injury. Norman always seems to be open and his breakout game is marred by his injury. The unit counted for 4 of the 5 touchdowns the Chargers scored. Grade: C+

OFFENSIVE LINE- Vaughn Parker allowed the only sack against. The run blocking nets 153 yards on the ground and Jason Ball as another solid outing. Brees was under pressure on occasion but overall the throwing lanes were open. Grade: B+

DEFENSIVE LINE- Adrian Dingle filled in admirably for the Bolts, and tied for the team lead in tackles with 6. Jason Fisk and Raylee Johnson came up big in short yardage situations. No pressure was created by the unit. Grade: B

LINEBACKERS- Provided no coverage against Priest Holmes out of the backfield. Ben Leber blew a coverage scheme on a touchdown reception but did come up with a big stop in a short yardage play. Donnie Edwards shows up his old team intercepting the ball on the final play of the game. Junior Seau left the game a few minutes into the 3rd quarter and was sluggish all day. Grade: C

SECONDARY- Rodney Harrison was a monster playing hurt. He was in the face of Green all night on blitzes (although he did have 2 or 3 wrong guesses on his blitzes). Keith Lyle came up with a huge interception but Alex Molden blew a few coverages and Rogers Beckett missed a few tackles. Grade: C

SPECIAL TEAMS- Punt is blocked for the second straight week. Tamarick Vanover not calling for a fair catch was just dumb. Wade Richey gave the Chiefs great field position twice in the 4th quarter, once kicking one out of bounds. The return game was virtually non-existent except for one return by Vanover that went 39 yards. Grade: F

COACHING- Opening up the game with 2 passes was a treat. Cam Cameron and Marty Schottenheimer had an excellent gameplan coming in and if the Chargers executed better the score would not have been close. Now who is working on the special teams, because special teams coach Steve Crosby surely isn't. Grade: A-


The attendance at Sunday's game was 58,995.

The Chargers' 21 points in the fourth quarter were the most in any quarter since San Diego scored 21 in the fourth quarter Nov 22nd, 1998 in the Chargers' 38-37 win over the same Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium.

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