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AFC West Report: Weekend Games Show Potency

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.scout.com">Scout.com</a>

    A lot of the great performances around the division took a back seat to the games as our thoughts are with the family of Thomas Herrion, his family, the San Francisco 49ers and the rest of the National Football League and their fraternity of players.

    Offensive lineman Thomas Herrion collapsed in the locker room in Denver Saturday night. It was later learned that he passed away. The 6'3" second year 310 lb lineman from Utah was pronounced dead a short time after being rushed to a Denver hospital. Herrion was carried out on a stretcher from the 49ers locker room while paramedics were administering CPR.

    Herrion played ten games this summer for the Hamburg Sea Devils in the NFL Europe league. He spent part of last season on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before coming to the 49ers practice squad last December. He wanted to make the roster so he could buy a house for his mom.

    This is the fourth incident of a NFL player passing since 1972 and the second in the last four years. Korey Stringer died in Minnesota Vikings training camp. St. Louis Cardinals player J. V. Cain died of a heart attack in training camp in 1979 and Chuck Hughes died of a heart attack during a game against the Bears in 1972. In April the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League lost Al Lucas after he suffered a spinal cord injury in a game.

    Jake Plummer looked more comfortable in the Broncos sprint and scramble schemes. The Broncos marched down field and Plummer hit Mike Anderson for a 2-yard touchdown grab. Plummer went 7 for 9 going for 95 yards and the lone score. Bradlee Van Pelt continues to impress as he went for 106 yards helping the Broncos to ten points. Van Pelt rushed for 37 yards on seven carries.

    Ron Dayne, Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell all ran the ball with authority. As the season nears it looks like a running back by committee in Denver. Ron Dayne was 18 for 87, Tatum Bell was 11 for 62, and Mike Anderson was 5 for 39; each had success on the ground. The Trio had runs of at least 20 yards as the running game continues to shine in Denver. However, Quentin Griffin did not play as expected.

    Still all was not well for the Broncos. The defense looked good for the most part as Trevor Pryce had a couple of sacks and John Engelberger had a sack and forced fumble. The defense did give up two short touchdown runs and goal line defense may be a point of emphasis upcoming for the Broncos in practice.

    The Broncos special teams weren't stellar either as Todd Sauerbrun had a punt blocked and veteran kicker Jason Elam flailed on kicks from 46 and 48 yards away. Charlie Adams did have returns of 29 and 39 in the second half.

    Wide receiver Darius Watts continues to drop balls as he failed to grab two balls in the end zone, one he dropped and the other he could not stutter step his feet in bounds. On the other hand Todd Devoe made a great catch from back-up quarterback Todd Van Pelt from 32 yards away when he had a defender draped over his left arm. Denver gets the Colts at home on Saturday night in front of a national television audience.

    One thing is certain the Oakland Raiders will score a lot of points. If many NFL teams have to put their third best corner on Doug Gabriel then the Raiders opponents should count on scoring a lot of points if they hope to win. Gabriel beat the Texans Demarcus Faggins twice for touchdowns.

    With receivers Randy Moss and Joey Porter getting the top corners, Gabriel and Ronald Curry will thrive. Curry and Porter both did not play but the Raiders were able to score all of their 17 points in the first half. Moss had two catches for 23 yards. Gabriel hooked up with Kerry Collins on one score for 70 yards.

    The Raiders had 265 yards in total offense in the first half with 191 coming on the arm of Collins. He did throw an interception in the end zone which was a terrible pass, but that was his only flaw of the evening. At first glance the Raiders offense looks promising and will only get better as the receivers return to full strength.

    Running back LaMont Jordan rushed for 62 yards on 9 carries with a long of 27. He also caught the ball twice and if he can get open in the flats with the secondary running down field the Raiders will have something special going.

    Surprisingly the defense played good for all but the first drive. Many big plays were made but the Texans were able to move the ball when it counted on the first drive. The Texans converted on three third downs and eventually David Carr passed for the touchdown to Reggie Swinton on a roll out. After that the Raiders held the Texans to a three and out and two four and outs. One resulted in stuffing Texans running back Tony Hollings on fourth and one.

    Sebastian Janikowski did miss field goal attempts form 49 and 52 yards away that could have held off the rallying Texans. The Raiders will play Arizona at home on Friday night.

    It didn't take long for LaDainian Tomlinson to show he's ready for the opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Tomlinson darted 55 yards down the right sideline leaving Rams safety Adam Archuleta in his dust for the Chargers score on their opening drive during the Bolts 36-21 win. Marty Schottenheimer had seen enough and the stud running back was benched after the first drive of the game getting only the one carry.

    Michael Turner could not one up Tomlinson but he came as close as he possibly could when "the burner" took a 55-yard scamper for himself. Tomlinson, Turner and fourth year player Andrew Pinnock each had a touchdown.

    Drew Brees was business as usual connecting on 13 of his 23 passes racking up 118 yards. Phillip Rivers sliced his defensive counterparts methodically going 7 for 8 for 35 yards. The Chargers offensive line seemed to do what they wanted to at will, as it really didn't matter which of the eight running backs touched the ball and the Chargers rushed for 215 yards on Sunday afternoon.

    The biggest offensive news came off the field for the Chargers as Antonio Gates is expected to sign a one-year $380,000 tender offer when he plans on arriving in San Diego tonight. The Chargers are still expected to suspend Gates for the remaining preseason games and the Dallas opener. The deadline to avoid the suspension was yesterday at noon. The Chargers aren't backing down on their stance to suspend Gates just a day later.

    Nate Kaeding hit both his field goal attempts form 35 and 40 so he appears to have the burden lifted off of himself for now. Punter Mike Scifres had excellent kicks. Twice he pinned the Rams inside the twenty and he had a long of 56 yards while averaging 46.3 on his three kicks.

    Defensively the Chargers played well until late in the second quarter. Marc Bulger. Bulger hooked up with Kevin Curtis for a 13-yard touchdown. Tory Holt then torched Quentin Jammer on a long touchdown play from Bulger. Drayton Florence did return a pick for a score when Clinton Hart belted Marshall Faulk. Donnie Edwards had seven solo tackles in his first playing of the preseason. The Chargers play at Minnesota on Friday.

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