3 Up 3 Down


San Diego Chargers wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu scores the winning touchdown against the Houston Texans as defenders strong safety Troy Nolan (33) and cornerback Kareem Jackson watch during their National Football League game in Houston November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Richard Carson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Source: YardBarker.com

What a great win for the Chargers with all the backup players forced into the lineup. Now it is time to hand out the 3 ups and 3 downs for the game

Ups

Seyi Ajirotutu
The undrafted rookie receiver was forced into the lineup with all the injuries to the unit and he shined. Tutu caught 2 touchdowns and was awarded the game ball. He finished with 4 catches, 111 yards and a pair of TDs.

Philip Rivers
What else does he need to prove to the rest of the league? Forced to start a football game without his top 5 receiving options and he still delivers a victory with some outstanding numbers! He finished the game with 295 passing yards and 4 TD passes. If he continues the outstanding play and continues to get the victories than he has to be named MVP for the season.

Norv Turner
Am I crazy? I have put coach Turner in the ups for 2 straight weeks now! He came up with an offensive gameplan to attack the Houston defense and the team executed it. With all the players sitting out the game, he was able to pull out the victory and he deserves some of that credit.

Downs

Steve Crosby and the Special Teams
Once again we allow the other team to rush through the middle of the punt protection and block a punt. P Mike Scifres is going to get murdered out there with this kind of protection. It is week 9 and the team continues to struggle in this facet of the game. Also, Jacob Hester made a mental error and fielded the ball deep in our own territory to make the offense start backed up. We need to play smarter on this side of the ball.

Tackling
Is Arian Foster that good or are we that bad at tackling? We were in the right position a lot of the time BUT we were not able to bring Foster down. I don’t know how many time I yelled “You gotta make that tackle!”

Ryan Mathews
The kid has so much promise and every time he starts to show off his potential, something bad happens. Once again, Mathews developed Adrian Peterson syndrome and fumbled the ball. The league is going to tear this kid apart with that scouting report. It might just be me, but I worry about his confidence sometimes. Doesn’t he seem to struggle soon after he makes a mistake? He got injured in the second half and was no longer available to play in the game.

Tags: Norv Turner Philip Rivers Ryan Mathews Seyi Ajirotutu Steve Crosby