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Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown, Moise Fokou, Colin McCarthy
It wasn't the best performance we've seen from this unit, but they still made some key plays towards the end that kept Philip Rivers from going off.
The early part of the game was a rough start as Antonio Gates was basically doing whatever he wanted to help put the Chargers up 7-0 on their first drive of the game.
However, you can't really fault Zach Brown on the touchdown grab by Gates. It was perfect coverage by Brown and simply a great catch from a great tight end.
Moise Fokou really settled down and had an impressive game after the unnecessary roughness penalty in the first quarter. You don't mind seeing your guys play with a little fire as long as it doesn't turn into a pattern of 15-yard penalties every week.
The one guy who really burned this unit all day was Danny Woodhead. The guy just couldn't seem to be contained, especially in the first half. He was the one guy that gave the Chargers' offense a pulse after the Gates touchdown.
A lot was made in the offseason about Akeem Ayers becoming more of a pass-rusher, so it was good to see him notch his first sack of the season.
We also had a Colin McCarthy sighting as he saw some action on defense after Fokou was put out of the game with an injury for a short while. McCarthy has largely been limited to special teams this season.
It was an overall strong effort from this unit to help hold the Chargers to just 17 points.