San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers opened up the preseason last night showing their solid depth at every position, as they ran over the Dallas Cowboys 27-7. The San Diego Chargers improve to (1-0) on the pre-season.
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The San Diego Chargers starting defense played only one series and after allowing Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys to drive into Chargers territory, their new pass rushing tandem rookie Jerry Attaochu and Melvin Ingram brought excellent pressure on back to back plays to force the Cowboys to punt. It’s good seeing a healthy Melvin Ingram on the field last night, as he will be vital to the San Diego Chargers pass rush this season.
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers starting offense only played one drive in the first quarter and looked very impressive. Ryan Mathews was solid on the ground, Ladarius Green showed off his potential as a game changing TE and Danny Woodhead continued his role as the ultimate utility back. Woodhead big gain catches out of the backfield and got the necessary hard fought yards to get the Chargers into the red-zone.
Unfortunately, the Chargers wouldn’t score as Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant forced a Mathews’ fumble as he dove into the end-zone to end the Chargers drive.
The Cowboys would take the lead to begin the second quarter, as Weeden took advantage of the Chargers secondary’s multiple penalties and connected with James Hanna to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.
Once the San Diego Chargers offensive backups entered the game, their impressive depth at running back stole the show. Donald Brown and undrafted rookie Branden Oliver ran all over the Cowboys defense and Oliver finished off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
The Chargers would take the lead 10-7 to end the half on a 24-yard Nick Novak field goal.
Dontrelle Inman who has been impressive throughout training camp, made his presence felt to being the 3rd quarter as Kellen Clemens connected with Inman and he showed off his speed for a 70-yard touchdown to extend the Chargers lead to 17-7.
Following a Thomas Keiser strip sack, Kerwynn Williams would bulldoze into the end-zone to open the Chargers lead to 24-7. In the fourth quarter Novak would finish up the San Diego Chargers scoring with a 34-yard field goal to extend the Chargers lead to 27-7.