Chargers 17, Cardinals 6
Despite the score, which didn’t reflect the quality of the Cardinals’ defense, it was a fun game. Anquan Boldin, the perpetually-underrated Leonard Pope, and Tim Hightower looked fabulous. The 2nd string QB battle, to me, is still up the air. Stat-wise, Brian St. Pierre and Matt Leinart were similar save for the INT by St. Pierre but Leinart was not as up-to-snuff as last week,
Of particular interest was 7th round pick LaRod Stephens-Howling from Pittsburgh who, in addition to a handful of carries, was the return man since Steve Breaston did not play. The first KR was 89 yards (and he was chased down by former U of A Wildcat Antoine Cason). In the second half, again, he looked as though he might break another and was, again, run down by Cason. Stephens-Howling looked a lot like San Diego’s Darren Sproles, both in size and style and will be a great addition to the team.
The defense rocked, however, sacking Philip Rivers 4 times (Dockett, Dansby, Campbell, & Robinson); however, no turnovers albeit they were close.
Ed Hochuli called a good game for a change and was looking a bit undersized last night (either that or the league made him upsize his shirt!)
All in all, it was an electric crowd and fun game. Enjoy the pictures…
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