Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (center) looks to throw to tight end Antonio Gates (left foreground) as he is defended by Green Bay Packers defensive back Morgan Burnett (right foreground) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. The play resulted in a touchdown as Gates caught the pass in the end zone. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers 21 - Packers 13

Chargers picked up that ‘W’ in preseason game number one.

On offense, Philip Rivers hooked up with Antonio Gates for the first score in the game. That is a good sign for things to come this season. We need Gates to stay healthy. Philip also threw an interception while trying to connect with Robert Meachem. Ryan Mathews left the game early after only taking one handoff with a shoulder injury. He broke his clavicle on the play and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Vincent Brown made a nice grab from Jarrett Lee and turned it into a score as well. The offense was a little shaky with the turnovers to start the game, but some of that can be expected in the first preseason game.

Everyone wanted to see how the defense was going to look with the new defensive coordinator and with rookie Melvin Ingram brought onto the scene. Ingram was a force on defense, hitting Aaron Rodgers and forcing him to throw an interception. He commanded double teams and made things happen. Kendall Reyes also made an impact when he was in the game. The defense put pressure on the Packers quarterbacks and forced the action.

What were your thoughts on the guys tonight?

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  • blu3ny3llow

    Supa Melvin and Reyes looked good……lil disappointed Green 89 wasnt really used but really excited….How bout Lee GO BOLTZ!!!!!!

  • Brandon Reisinger

    Melvin an Reyes SMASHED IT!! Was really happy with the way though guys went out and preformed!! Brown as looking like a STUD! Also really impressed with Lee, i think he makes a push for the #2 spot

    • Joey Nicks

      Lee is weird he kind of makes me second guess him then he will screw it up. He did well tonight though. Melvin stole the spot light in my opinion. He started his journey to shutting everyone up about his wing span. The guy can FLAT OUT PLAY! Reyes was a pleasant surprise too.

  • Joey Nicks

    A lot to look forward to. While the offense looked a little out of since it should be expected. Bringing 4 receivers in (Parrish, Meach, Royal, Spurlock) it’s expected. I do think Rivers tried to force that one to Meach just to get his first completion. Starting defense looked SOLID though! back-ups have to realize that they are fighting for a starting position out their. Overall, I was impressed by the defense, expectations were met by the offense, and special teams… HOLY CRAP! KEEP IT UP!

  • 619chargers4life

    defense looked awesome . Special teams besides the miss field goal also looked really improved. the offence will come together. all in all looking real fast and know its only going to get better. Go Chargers

  • arnie

    if the Chargers are looking for #1 WR, i think they need to look toward The other Vincent, and the guy that caught that bomb wearing number 84 Taylor Embree. the defense still had problems getting off the field on 3rd downs.

    • arnie

      one other thing. for the love of your $94 million dollar QB, FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR CLARY!!!! he gave up a sack on the second play of the game, and ended up being beat the rest of the time. i know it’s preseason, but please move on! look at the back-ups for Rivers.

      • James P Derrick

        True Dat! That was the play Green Bay’s Nick Perry got the penalty right after his sack. That was Clary being Clary. I wasn’t happy to see Clary get manhandled like that too…..Go Chargers!

  • andrew

    I want to see more from that Taylor Embree guy. He looked impressive.

  • MC Boltman

    Yeah gotta agree – liked what our defense brought to the table. Ingram and Reyes were pretty awesome! Jarret Lee as backup for Rivers did a good job too.
    But Ouch! – Rivers threw an interception again, but as he said: better now than later in the season. Brinkley had some awesome plays too – that TD…come on, that was great, nearly as cool as Brown´s TD :) And yeah: CHARGERS WON!!

  • Edward Moretti

    Well, according to ESPN and NFL Network AJ Smith messed up again for trusting in Mathews to remain healthy and will soon be gone, Rivers will be his old weak kneed self and throw interception after interception trying to overcompensate for Mathew’s absence, Norv Turner will be coaching his last season, the Charger’s season is over, the Spanos family is going to move the Chargers to London, England and they will be in the running in the Matt Barkley Sweepstakes.

    In other, unrelated news, Melvin Ingram is an absolute beast. Am I mistaken or did the Packers actually double team him? Kendall Reyes, while not as spectacular, still put pressure on the QB and proved to be a handful for the Packer D. Overall, defense looks harder, better, faster, stonger. Our Special Teams absolutely rocked and all evidence of them sucking is gone.
    But let’s get back to the storyline: MATHEWS DOWN, CHARGERS DONE, AJ AND NORV GONE.

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  • Pels04

    Packers aren’t a running team but our run defense looked good and thats without jarret johnson playing. Finally got some pressure in the QB!! Ingram was consistently in the backfield. Favorite play was when he drilled Rodgers forcing an interception then he runs down field and lays into a Packer blocking for Cason! He really played like “supamelvin”! I liked what i saw on defense. Offense…….when i saw Mathews walk off after his first run i though to myself…..”where is he going?”….out 4-6 weeks….thats a joke right? i wish

  • 1961 Fan

    First Game Synopsis
    The team looks like Norv’s new enlarged belly; he must be putting on the fat because he knows it will be a long winter. Highlights of the evening was the work on offense of # 16 Jarrett Lee @ QB, we may be seeing the emergence of the Bolts QB of the future. Rivers has lost a step and he never could run out of the pocket and showed it last night. # 86 Vincent Brown WR is showing that he can compete on the NFL level. # 36 Curtis Brinkly hopefully will be the starting RB now that the # 1 draft bust Matthews is out of action.
    On defense: # 54 Melvin Ingram is showing us that he was worthy of the number 1 draft slot with very aggressive play. # 20 Antoine Cason caugth a INTpass from Aaron Rogers even I (at 67 yrs) could have caught. I was surrounded by Cheese Heads but they knew it was only a pre season game and had their fun anyway. The real sports writers have awaken to the reality that the Chargers are being UNDER coached by Norv Turner and have the bolts finishing anywhere between 7-9 and 9-7 and NOT making the playoffs again.I think 8-8, and when we have finished our first real test in Oakland on September 10 for the Nationally Televised contest for MNF then we will see if the Chargers can hold their own in the division. OK my Bolts, it is time to show what you can do, let the games begin.