Another week and another win for the Chargers. The win goes down in the book as the 8th win in a row for the Bolts in December.
The Chargers prevailed 20-17 over the Cowboys. The win, along with the Bengals’ loss to the Vikings, puts the Chargers into second place in the AFC with a 10-3 record. This was the first time that the Chargers did not score 21 points or more this season.
Through the weeks it is apparent that the Chargers offense it getting stronger and more confident with their ability to be a top contender in the NFL. Well today was a strong day for offense. Philip Rivers threw for 272 yards, a touchdown, and his first interception since week 9 against the Giants (take in mind that this is week 14). Today, Rivers distributed the ball to 8 different receivers, including Vincent Jackson who totaled 7 receptions for 120 yards. Darren Sproles and Ladainian Tomlinson rushed a combined 73 yards on the day. Nate Kaeding knocked down 2 field goals, of 29 and 34 yards. The Chargers were forced to punt 3 times, 2 of which Mike Scifres pinned inside the 5 yard line.
Quite simply, the Chargers did not have a problem producing on offense. Head Coach, Norv Turner, decided to have some fun during the game and threw in a double reverse pass play that ended up causing the Cowboys to commit a long pass-interference call that sent the Chargers within the 5 yard line, which led to a Ladainian Tomlinson touchdown. Gates also grabbed a 14 yard pass for a touchdown.
The defense had a tough day against the strong rushing attacks of Felix Jones and Marion Barber who totaled 98 yards and against Tony Romo who threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Although the Chargers had a hard time stopping the Cowboys from marching down the field, they had a key goal line stand, which consisted of 4 running plays up the middle, shortly before the half.
Next week the Chargers play the Cincinnati Bengals in San Diego. Cincinnati has one more loss than San Diego. This game will be a deciding factor in the AFC standings. The Bengals have a strong offense, comprised of Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, and Chad Ochocinco. It will definitely be a fun game to watch and it will be a good test to see if the San Diego Chargers really are Super Bowl contenders.