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Chargers Sneak Out of Arizona With Win

The Chargers won their third pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals 33 to 31. The bolts’ offense was gangbusters last night amassing a total of 506 yards. Despite the huge performance fromt he offense the Cardinals were able to take the lead on a 5-7ard TD pass with 1:05 left to play. Billy Volek led a 7-play 53-yard drive to set up the game winning 37-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding with two seconds on the clock.

The starters saw the most amount of playing time they will in a pre-season game, playing into the frist drive of the 3rd quarter. QB Philip Rivers looked very sharp completing 20 of his 29 pass attempts for 282 yards and 2 TD’s without an interception. WR Vincent Jackson caught for of those passes for 92 yards and 2 TD’s. TE Antonio Gates cuaght 4 balls for 56 yards. Michael Turner had 9 carries for 20 yards and a fumble but left the game with a sprained ankle.

RB Darren Sproles continued to impress carrying the ball 6 times for twenty yards including a 19-yard TD run where he juked the pants off of an Arizona defender. Sproles could have a chance to contribute early in the regular season if Turner’s injury is serious enough to keep him out for that long. Turner suffered a high ankle sprain and his playing status is uncertain. WR Buster Davis did not play after getting hsi wisdom teeth removed Thursday.

Rookie Safety Eric Weddle looked solid while leading the team in tackles with 6, 5 of them solo. CB Quentin Hammer had 4 tackles but did not look good in coverage getting beat for an 80-yard TD pass. Star OLB Shawne Merriman had 1 tackle. DE Igor Olshansky and LB Matt Wilhelm did not play because of injury.

The Chargers’ offense let the Cardinals’ defense off the hook twice last night with fumbles by RB Michael Turner and FB Lorenzo Neal deep in Arizona territory. Head Coach Norv Turner told the media, “Obviously, we moved the ball. We did a lot of good things in the first half. But we can’t turn the ball over.” Turnovers aren’t a good thing but it’s not something the Chargers did very much of last season so turning the ball over shouldn’t be a problem this season.

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