Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) prior to the game against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Despite the ugliness that we saw on Monday there were a couple of performances that impressed in the game.
Freeney was able to get to the quarterback often. He had the inside move working and used that spin move to get to the quarterback often. He picked up half a sack, 3 QB Hits and pressured the quarterback 6 more times. Too bad he didn’t have much help from the other guys on that defensive front. Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes were nowhere to be found.
Johnson looks like a different player already this year. He stood out in the preseason and he played well again in the first game of the year. He picked up a sack, knocked down the quarterback a couple of times and had that tipped pass to lead to an interception. At least the outside linebackers are getting their job done.
He definitely dropped a pass that could have gotten a first down and could have changed things, but there are some things that stood out with his performance. He has the confidence of Philip Rivers, which is huge. He didn’t show any effects of the bruised lungs in the game and he caught a pair of touchdowns. Not a breakout performance, but something to build on.