Chargers Fall Short Preseason Opener Game to Cardinals 17-13
It’s finally football and the first week didn’t disappoint! The first preseason game for the Chargers just happen to be in Arizona vs the new-faced Cardinals. There was a lot to be happy about even if the outcome wasn’t a victory. Chargers fans, like myself, got to see rookies and new players like QB Easton Stick in many forms, QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Malachi Dupre, and LB Drue Tranquill. For the first preseason, I saw a lot of things that I can be looking forward to.
The first quarter was sad for me, not seeing star RB Melvin Gordon on the sideline or on the field. But nevertheless, the Chargers had to go on without him. The listed RB1 is Austin Ekeler, which is well earned. Ekeler was a big part of the first drive totaling up 33 of his 43 yards in the game. Within the first drive, Ekeler had a nice 13-yard run with two jukes and sidestep moves we all seen last year. Later the drive he did fumble at Arizona's 2-yard line which he should clean up. Later in the first, we also saw Mike “Will Make that Catch” Williams amazing hands and feet work on a 28-yard reception.
The beginning of the second quarter was a hot start with a 4-yard TD run by the Chargers RB2 Justin “JJ22” Jackson. The NFL saw flashes of what Jackson can do and we all seen on Thursday. Justin Jackson only had a couple more snaps after that but totaled 22 yards on 5 carries. Before the 2nd quarter ended the Chargers couldn’t stop the Cardinals from evening up the score 7-7. The TD came from Hundley to Sherfield 22-yards out right over CB Jeff Richards.
The 3rd quarter Chargers fans got to see draftee LB Drue Tranquill as he made an amazing read to an interception on an underthrown pass from QB Drew Anderson. Right before the quarter ended the Cardinals pulled the reverse card and caught Chargers QB Stick slippin’ and got an interception from LB Tyler Siger. Stick did redeem himself driving 90+ yards, contributing 59 yards through the air and 31 yards on the ground for a touchdown. The 31-yard TD came on a 3rd and 14, as Easton Stick scrambled, juked powered his way through for a TD to tighten the score 13-17.
Overall the Chargers can improve on not turning over the ball in enemy territory, making the right stops and finishing plays. But remember this is Week 1 of the preseason and Coach Anthony Lynn is playing everyone he can to finalize his 53 man roster. This is a battle within a battle for some players fighting for a spot which makes them compete for even harders but that's the art of football.