The San Diego Chargers are back on the field. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the team looked like it picked up right where it left off last season.
The Chargers defense gave up big plays all night, and the offense failed to move the ball much at all once the starters left the field. That all led to the Chargers coming up on the wrong side of a 17-point game.
There was one highlight, (video) however.
After falling behind 3-0, the Chargers took the lead when Philip Rivers found Melvin Gordon out of the backfield and the second-year running back, who fans have their fingers crossed will bounce back in 2016, raced for a 44-yard touchdown. It was a big play for the Chargers, but it was pretty much all downhill from there.
On what could be the best play of the first week of preseason action, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray rattled off a 71-yard touchdown run in which he found a big hole and easily ran past everyone on the San Diego defense. That play put the Titans ahead to stay.
Rivers gave way to the rest of the team’s quarterbacks, and they all stunk up the joint. While Kellen Clemens sailed passes to high, Zach Mettenberger threw them at the feet of his intended targets. Mike Bercovici saw some action, but all he did was turn the ball over.
Combined, the trio of quarterbacks went 13-for-29 for 164 yards with two interceptions. That’s hardly encouraging.
Later, the Titans got touchdown runs from rookie Derrick Henry from six yards out and one from Bishop Sankey which was a 41-yard outburst.
If you’re looking for positives from the Chargers side, there weren’t many. Undrafted rookie running back Kenneth Farrow looked solid and saw a lot of action. He rushed for 60 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards. Safety Dexter McCoil had three tackles and a fumble recovery, the only turnover that San Diego was able to force.
The Chargers return home for Week 2 of the preseason where they will host the Arizona Cardinals. The two teams are scheduled to hold practice together this coming Tuesday.