Football is back and the Chargers had their first taste of action against one of the better teams in the NFL. Although it was a preseason game and the score doesn't matter, there are still valuable things that can be learned.
Particularly useful to coaches is to see what players rise to the occasion on game day. Fans will also want to see improvement in areas of perceived weakness. While the games don't matter, they do matter to the 90 guys or so guys that are competing for a spot on the 53-man roster or practice squad. The games matter to the veteran that can't stay healthy and the guy competing for a starting job.
Don't get it twisted. the preseason is valuable, it just seems far too long when fans are forced to pay regular-season prices.
A few players helped themselves on Thursday night and a few players hurt themselves, literally.