Chargers-Saints first-half observations
October, 26, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
LONDON, England -- Some observations from the first half.
- Big numbers by both quarterbacks so far and give Drew Brees and Philip Rivers credit. But realize this might be one of the worst performances by two defensive secondaries ever.
- Give the Wembley Stadium grounds crew lots of credit. They caught a break as the rain stopped before the game. It could always come back, but the field has held up well so far. There's some mud and, now, some wear and tear. But the field is in much better shape than it was a year ago when the Dolphins and Giants played here.
- I had heard some warnings that the British crowd would be out of tune with what's happening on the field. But that simply has not been the case. The fans are cheering at the right times (every time there's a completion or big hit). They're also letting their displeasure be known at times (like when Saints receiver Lance Moore was flagged for celebrating after a second-quarter touchdown). The only real mistake came when the crowd yelled "Deuce'' (as in McAllister) when Aaron Stecker got a carry. But that's been known to happen at times in New Orleans.
- Best sign in the crowd: "Stupefy the Chargers." Never have seen that one before.
- McAllister's touchdown was the 51st of his career and put him ahead of Joe Horn for second place in franchise history. Dalton Hilliard (53 touchdowns) holds the franchise record.
- Something to keep in mind for the second half. With new holder Ben Graham, rookie kicker Taylor Mehlhaff hit the upright on his first extra-point attempt. Mehlhaff and Graham have been working together since Wednesday. Just keep an eye on that in the second half.