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Chargers Lost To Saints: Earning Their Lightning Bolts

By Ernie Padaon

Meach… Chuck Cook – US PRESSWIRE

Despite the disappointment, there were some good performances from the guys on the field. Here were some of the bright spots in the losing effort:

Robert MeachemLook who decided to show up? Of course he would do well against his former team. Did Norv Turner purposely game plan to try and get him scores in the red zone?

His stat line finished with 3 catches for 67 yards and a pair of scores. He even was able to connect with Philip Rivers on the long bomb. Philip and Meach have not been on the same page on the long ball, but they made it happen on that play.

Meachem could have had a third score in the back of the end zone, but Philip made a poor throw and he was unable to haul it in.

Nice to see him join the party.

Ryan MathewsOh, what could have been? In the limited times that he touched the football, he gained big chunks of yards. He gained 80 yards on 12 carries and found the end zone for a score.

He added 6 catches in the passing game for 59 yards. He was the biggest offensive playmaker on the field for the Bolts, but they stopped leaning on him for big gains.

Corey LiugetTwo tackles in the game and a nice sack! He ran over his blockers to drag Drew Brees down to the ground. He also batted a couple of passes down. One of those passes would have gone in for a touchdown to Darren Sproles. He has stepped up nicely this season.

Run DefenseThe Saints are a passing team, but when they tried to run the ball, they were stuffed. The defense contained Darren Sproles, limiting him to 9 yards on the ground and 28 yards receiving. Too bad the defense couldn’t put any focus on Marques Colston.