San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Brown (86) is taken off the field with an ankle injury during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Cowboys 28-20. Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
By Travis Duncan
Chargers 28, Cowboys 20
Preseason Game No. 2
Leading Passer: Philip Rivers 13 of 15 for 109 yds 0 TDs, 2 INTs
Leading Receiver: Ronnie Brown 4 Targets, 4 receptions 37 yards
Leading Rusher: Ronnie Brown 6 carries 16 yards 0 TDs
Leading Tackler: Donald Butler 6 solo tackles Quentin Jammer 6 solo tackles
-Melvin Ingram-Ingram did not start, but again showed that he can dominate off the line of scrimmage. If you have the game on video, a key example of this can be found with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter. Ingram puts a serious spin move on Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith. Ingram also recorded a sack on Cowboys quarterback Stephen McGee with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter.
-Shareece Wright was a huge star on defense with a 73-yard interception return and a sack which led to a fumble recovering.
-WR Vincent Brown is expected to miss upwards of eight weeks with a broken ankle. Brown suffered the injury on an 18-yard touchdown reception from Charlie Whitehurst in the 4th quarter. Brown actually broke a double-team on the play and Whitehurst hit him perfectly in stride.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports Brown will have surgery on Sunday. There's no underplaying how important Brown is to this Chargers' offense, Antonio Gates told the Union Tribune that Brown is the team's best route runner.
-The Chargers wanted to put more pressure on Cowboys QB Tony Romo than they did. Head coach Norv Turner said the pass rush wasn't there like it has been in practice or even in the Chargers' first preseason game.
-The offensive line at times held their own, then at other times Rivers was seriously pressured. Realistically the offensive line continues to be a work in progress with left tackle Jared Gaither out of action. With Gaither out, rookie left tackle Mike Harris got the start. One play which Harris probably wishes he could have back happened in the first quarter when Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler flew by him as he stood still and sacked Rivers.
-The Chargers run game: The Chargers totaled 53 rushing yards on 26 running plays. Ronnie Brown led the way with six carries for 16 yards. In the 1st half they totaled just 20 yards rushing.
Rivers had one interception which was his own doing and the other was a tipped pass. Rivers has three total INTs in two preseason games. The Charges have turned the ball over three times in each of the two preseason games.