San Diego Chargers vs New England Patriots Week 7 Recap
Running Backs – Mathews(8/15), Sproles(2/7)and Tolbert(2/5) had absolutely no chance this Sunday as the Chargers, again, fell behind early and according to Turner had to abandon the run game. Tolber had the lonely rushing touchdown of the game.
Wide Receivers – Crayton(7/82) had yet another good game for the Chargers, maybe he will become a bigger target for Rivers. Sproles(9/70) finally got used in the passing scheme of things, was great when we needed the first downs. Davis(6/53) still has a hard time catching the ball when it hits him in the hands. Gates(4/50) who played with is hurt toe was missing most the game, but blew up in the late minutes of the fourth quarter, posting the only receiving touchdown of the day.
O-Line – The big boys up front did a great job, as apposed to last week, in protecting Rivers and wasnt given the chance to open the holes for the running backs.
D-Line – Didn’t have a huge statistical day, but did there jobs. The Patriots didn’t get anything going on the ground, gave Brady a hard time in not giving him time to set back and let his receivers get open. The front 3 allowed our backers to cause the damage. Garay registered the only sack for the front 3.
Linebackers – This core of guys did a masterful job in containing the Patriots Offence from getting anything going, even with the Patriots getting the ball in such short fields with the Chargers turnovers, though the Chargers didn’t force any themselves. Cooper(9), Burnett(6), Phillips(5/1sack), Applewhite(5), Barnes(3/2sacks) all did great in upholding the top ranked defence.
Defensive Backs – Jammer(3), Cason(2), Weddle(5), Oliver(4) did a great job in holding Brady to 19/32 for only 159 and 1 touchdown. No Patriots reciever had more than 5 catches or more than 54 yards on the day. The backs also did a great job on run help, 9 yards being the longest for the Patriots all day.