Okay fine, maybe it was just a preseason game, but that's about as well as a preseason game can go these days. The Chargers won 25-10, putting up points in every quarter of the game while helping the Bears to zero points in the second half. The Chargers rushed more in the first half than the Bears did all game and also out-passed them.
A quick run-down of the highlights.
- Zero injuries. At least none reported. Nobody stopping the action to get up slowly . Rivers' cheekbones looked to be in mid-season form with all the smiling on the sideline.
- Ryan Mathews may or may not be the greatest Chargers RB of all time, but he definitely is. I've been saying this for two weeks now, people! He finished with 50 yards on 9 carries and had the longest run of the night (18 yds).
- The offensive line looked very good, despite Jeromey Clary trying to give himself a challenge by getting called for false starts every other play. The run blocking was terrific and no pass-rusher even got to see Philip Rivers from closer than 5 feet. They really wanted to.
- In an interview with the Bears broadcast team (Uggghhh), Julius Peppers said that the Chargers' passing game was "very quick" and because of that they had no reason to put two blockers on him. In a nutshell, he said "You could've left me unblocked and I still wouldn't have had a sack." Ball's in your court, Mr. Marcus McNeill.