Chargers Destroy Cardinals, 41-10

There's not a lot of difference between what I said at the half and what I could be saying now, mostly because the team continued to do everything right and the things I predicted to happen happened.

This was like the game against the Titans on Christmas last year where at the end it was hard to remember a single play on either side of the ball that didn't go the Chargers way. Right now I can only recall one, which was Darren Sproles' fumble that Kerry Rhodes returned for a TD. Then I realize that the defense only gave up 3 points on it's own all game and I forget about that bad play.



 

Let's dig into some game stats after the jump.

  • Philip Rivers finished 16/21 for 249 yards and 2 TDs. With the running game taking all of the pressure off of him, he was completely ridiculous and dominating. I think his 76.2% completion rate and 11.9 yards per attempt really tell the story about the Chargers passing offense in this game.
  • Mike Tolbert ran 16 times for 100 yards and 1 TD. He played like a top 5 RB in the league, and him splitting carries with Ryan Mathews worked so much better than I would've thought. Tolbert has forced the coaching staff to make him a part of the running game, which can only make the team and Ryan Mathews better.
  • Mathews ran 9 times for 55 yards and 1 TD, with a giant brace on his arm along with a hurting ankle. His TD run was a thing of beauty, as he just got the ball inside the pylon while diving down the sidelines and out of bounds. He didn't have a single bad play.
  • Steve Gregory had 6 tackles and 1 interception. Darrell Stuckey was inactive.
  • Kevin Burnett had  5 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 defended pass. With Antonio Garay in front of him, Burnett has turned into the player A.J. Smith thought he could be.
  • Shaun Phillips finished with 1 tackles, 4 sacks (I still contend that it should be 4.5), and an interception returned 31 yards for a TD. What a great season Phillips is having.
  • The secondary, namely Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason, has been insanely good this year and continues to be. There were no catches longer than 24 yards. There were no TDs given up. Larry Fitzgerald had 56 yards(!) , but only got 8.0 yards per catch(!), and nobody else had more than 32 receiving yards.
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