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Saturday, August 28, 2010
Reviewing the Chargers vs. Saints

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Random thoughts from San Diego’s 36-21 loss at New Orleans on Friday night:

The Chargers’ starters continued to play pretty well. Both the offensive and defensive starters have been strong during the preseason. The starters will likely sit for Thursday's preseason finale, but the Chargers are clicking as they prepare for the Sept. 13 season opener at Kansas City.

Sure, there were some drops on offense and the defense allowed New Orleans some big plays. But overall, it was a strong effort by San Diego.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers completed 16 of 27 passes and rookie running back Ryan Mathews continued to run hard and he looked primed to start his rookie season.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates will clearly be a top receiving option during Vincent Jackson’s holdout. Expect Gates to be a glorified receiver this season. Jacob Hester also played well as he vies to be the primary fullback.

Overall, Saturday’s performance was an extension of the entire preseason and training camp. The Chargers looked sharp and well tuned.

Not all is great in San Diego, though. Linebacker Shaun Phillips is facing another lawsuit.