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Chargers fall to Vikes, 19-16

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    When quarterback Drew Brees and the Chargers starters left Friday evening's preseason contest at Minnesota, they did so with a 7-0 lead after one quarter. When Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings' first-team were finished, they left the field late in the second quarter with 16-7 advantage that they would not relinquish.

    The Vikings handed the Chargers their second loss of the preseason, upending the Bolts by a score of 19-16 in front of a capacity crowd at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome.

    "I thought we did some good things offensively tonight, but any time that you commit 13 fouls, you're going to have a hard time winning," Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "We just came off a game five days ago, so I decided to only play the starters one quarter. I wasn't going to get anyone hurt, and it was good to get the young guys some work."

    With the exception of running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who dressed but did not see the field, most of the Chargers' offensive starters played just one quarter Friday night. When the first unit was on the field, they were impressive. Brees led his troops on an 11-play, 88 yard drive that culminated on a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Keenan McCardell. The 14-year NFL veteran caught 3 passes for 42 yards on the drive that gave the Bolts an early 7-0 lead.

    Culpepper was nearly flawless on the night, completing 12-of-14 passes for 197 yards. Wide receiver Nate Burleson caught five passes for 97 yards. But Culpepper and crew had difficulty finding the end zone. The Vikings were just 3-for-11 on third down and settled for four Paul Edinger field goals.

    Philip Rivers took over for Brees at the beginning of the second quarter but was continually harassed by the Vikings pass rush. Rivers finished 4-of-11 passing for 15 yards.

    The Chargers made things interesting late in the contest. With 3:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, Cleo Lemon hit wide receiver Carl Morris for a 13-yard touchdown that closed the gap to 3. But it was too little too late as the Vikings got the ball back and ran out the clock.

    Lemon saw his most extensive playing time of his pro career, handling snaps for the Bolts throughout the second half. The Arkansas State alum took advantage of the extended playing time, completing 14-of-19 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. He showed off his big arm on several occasions, particularly on a 32-yard completion in which he zipped the ball down the seam to tight end Duncan Reid.

    While Tomlinson sat, running back Michael Turner again shined. The second-year back had only three carries, but his final carry of the night went for 17 yards on a 3rd-and-9. He finished the night with 21 yards on three touches.

    Linebacker Shawne Merriman suffered a knee injury on the game's opening kickoff and did not return. Midway through the third quarter, offensive tackle Courtney VanBuren was forced to leave the contest with a knee injury as well.

    NOTES

    Linebacker Shaun Phillips continued his impressive August by picking up his third sack of the preseason-Tight end Antonio Gates attended the contest but did not dress-Reid caught three passes for 51 yards, and receiver Rob Milanese led the Bolts with four catches-Defensive end Derreck Robinson continued his impressive preseason as he led the Chargers in tackles with five-Tight end Sean Brewer (knee), defensive end Luis Castillo (foot), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (Achilles), defensive end Jacques Cesaire (hamstring), defensive end DeQuincy Scott (thigh), wide receiver Malcom Floyd (calf), and tight end Ryan Krause (foot) did not make the trip with the team to Minnesota. Wide receiver Eric Parker(hamstring) did not play-the Chargers wrap up their preseason next Thursday when they host the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium
     

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