It's safe to say it was a successful preseason for the Chargers, who won three of four games and have set themselves up nicely for their regular season opener in Oakland against the Raiders.
San Diego Chargers Preseason Recap By SBRForum.com
San Diego opened with a 21-13 win at home over the Green Bay Packers, then beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-20 at home too.
The following week the Chargers overcame the Minnesota Vikings 12-10.
To close out exhibition play, San Diego was smacked around (35-3) by the San Francisco 49ers, no doubt a disappointing finish, especially when you consider the fact the Chargers actually did play some of their starters in the final game.
Philip Rivers threw yet another interception in the defeat and finished the preseason with four picks while throwing only one touchdown pass. He did complete 80 percent of his passes though, hitting on 24-of-30 attempts.
Still, those accuracy and decision-making issues are going to be talked about as the regular season approaches. Some thought Rivers would have a bounce-back season in 2012 – will it still happen have a shaky preseason?
At running back, the Chargers were dealt a blow with Ryan Mathews breaking his clavicle and needing surgery. While he's still expected back relatively soon, it may some a few weeks for him to get back to full strength.
Elsewhere, Ronnie Brown, Jackie Battle, Curtis Brinkley and Edwin Baker got a lot of carries in the backfield this preseason. Brown is expected to be the starter while Mathews is out.
San Diego seems to have a lot of depth at wide receiver, even with Vincent Brown dealing with injury. Rivers will have plenty of options like Robert Meachem, Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and even Brown out of the backfield.
Defensively, the Chargers looked good for the most apart, aside of course from that poor showing against the 49ers.
Norv Turner will be mostly happy with what he saw and will be hoping San Diego can finally get off to a good start under his tenure when the Chargers open the season in Oakland. The NFL odds have the visitors favored by a single point at the moment for the Monday night clash.
What are your thoughts as we close out the San Diego Chargers 2012 preseason? Is this team going to be able to effectively compete in what is becoming a tight AFC West? Are the four interceptions thrown by Philip Rivers in these past four games an area of concern? What about the injury bug? And finally, will the Chargers defense make enough plays to carry what could be a shaky Chargers offense? Sound off in the comments section below!
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