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Breaking down the Chargers' game

8/30/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Thoughts from the Chargers' 27-24 defeat at Atlanta:

  • The Chargers' offense was clicking. San Diego converted 7 of 8 third-down situations. Quarterback Philip Rivers was fantastic, as was receiver Vincent Jackson. This team is ready to go.

  • The Chargers allowed just one sack Saturday night. Last week against Arizona, Rivers was sacked four times.

  • The Chargers also improved in their kick coverage.

  • The Louis Vasquez-Kynan Forney battle continued at guard and may continue for a few more weeks.

  • Rookie running back Gartrell Johnson displayed his downhill running ability with a 42-yard gain.

  • Top pick Larry English made his preseason debut and displayed his famous motor. He is going to be able to help this team early.

  • Veteran running back Michael Bennett scored on a 48-yard touchdown catch. Bennett is valuable and he should make the team.