After two uneven outings, the much ballyhooed San Diego Chargers really needed the convincing, 23-13 win they secured over Miami on Sunday.
His tender groin limited him to just four snaps, but Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman said he wasn’t surprised about that since he didn’t feel so hot leading up to the game.
A 17-play, 94-yard drive in the first quarter that yielded no points for the Dolphins buoyed the San Diego defense all day.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers’ 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the key play in San Diego’s win. “He looks like a giraffe,” said Bolts guard Kris Dielman of Rivers’ running gait.
The Dolphins lost two of their key veterans — Chad Pennington and Joey Porter – to injuries and that doesn’t bode well going forward.
The Miami offense lacks explosiveness right now and, if Chad Henne’s the quarterback for a long stretch, it may remain fairly silent.
Three trips inside the San Diego 10 netted the Dolphins six points and this review from head coach Tony Sparano: “lousy.”
The Miami secondary proved very susceptible to the big play again this week as the Chargers hit them with pass plays of 30, 47 and 55 yards.