San Diego Chargers Beat Arizona Cardinals 17-6 for First Preseason Win

M.T. RobinsonCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 22:  Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling #36 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball for a 3 yard gain in the third quarter during the game against  the San Diego Chargers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For many years, this exhibition game was a boring, pointless afterthought, its amazing what a few years can do to a series. With the Cardinals playing in the Super Bowl last season, and the Chargers looking to get there this season, Saturday's matchup was among the best of the weekend. San Diego's 17-6 victory was just what the Bolts needed, after looking sloppy against Seattle last week.

And the first half of this game was very entertaining, especially after watching the Patriots and Bengals sandbag a game earlier this last weekend.

One of the arguments against four preseason games is that coaches don't really try—and the New England-Cincinnati game was a prime example of wasting everyone's time. I am sure the coaches got what they needed, but at full price, the fans got hosed.

The Chargers had major kick coverage problems, but the Defense stood tall, intercepting two passes in the end zone. The Cards provided a solid barometer for the Chargers to measure themselves against, and I was pleased overall.

Depth is everything on the NFL, and the Chargers have plenty of it. Legedu Nanee is Michael Turner all over again, a talented player who would be starting for almost every other team in the NFL. 

So at 1-1, the Chargers head to Atlanta and take on the Falcons, kickoff is at 5 pm Pacific time on CBS HDTV.