Sunday, September 20, 2009
Halftime notes from San Diego
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
SAN DIEGO -- It’s a physical game here where the Ravens lead the Chargers 21-16:
- San Diego is moving the ball well against the Ravens’ tough defense but it had to settle for three field goals despite getting deep in Baltimore territory.
- Chargers fans are not happy that Chargers coach Norv Turner opted to kick a field goal with 10 seconds remaining in the first half on third down and goal from the five instead of taking one more crack at the end zone. I have to admit, it was a curious decision.
- There is a lot of hitting going on, which is expected from the Ravens. The Chargers are battered, but they are hanging in there.
- Despite playing without 40 percent of their offensive line, San Diego is going well offensively.
- San Diego has given up touchdown passes on broken coverage plays in both games this season. That has to change.
- The Ravens are running the ball well, a clear sign that the Chargers miss defensive tackle Jamal Williams. He was put on the injured reserve Saturday with a triceps injury.
- You have to love Darren Sproles. He had a beautiful 81-yard touchdown on a short pass in which he displayed his jaw-dropping speed and he had a long kick return. The kid is just special. As long as the Chargers don’t wear him out, he is a game changer.