Post-game thoughts from Denver

September, 14, 2008
9/14/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- Postgame news and notes from Denver's head-spinning 39-38 win over San Diego:

  • Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was hampered for the second straight game by a turf toe. After the game, Tomlinson, who had 26 yards on 10 carries, said he feels better than he did after last week's game. He expects to be able to play Sept. 23 when San Diego hosts the Jets on Monday Night Football.

The Chargers are in good hands with backup running back Darren Sproles. He may only be 5-foot-6, but Sproles is a playmaker. He had scores of 103 (on a kickoff) and 66 (on a short pass from Philip Rivers) yards. The guy is a real playmaker.

  • Speaking of playmakers, Denver's offense is special. This team hasn't scored 80 points in two games by accident.

Teams are going to have a very difficult time trying to stop Denver receivers Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal. Marshall came off a one-game NFL suspension to catch 18 passes Sunday. It tied the second best single-game receiving output in the history of the NFL. Marshall has three more catches than anyone in the league and he didn't even play last week. Royal, a second-round pick, has 14 catches in two games.

  • The Chargers had serious pass rushing issues in their first game without Shawne Merriman, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. San Diego had just one sack and that was on Cutler's fumble. Merriman will be missed sorely as the San Diego pass defense is suddenly very vulnerable.
  • The Chargers didn't have to talk much about how they feel about their second straight slow start (San Diego started 1-3 last season before rallying and finishing 11-5). The pain of losing another game in the final seconds was on every player's face in the Chargers' locker room.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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