Rivers, Frye, backups shine, as Chargers beat Seahawks 18-17

Malcolm Floyd holds the ball up after scoring a 2-point conversion during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 in San Diego. The conversion gave the Chargers a 18-17 win.
In a game featuring a bunch of replacements for hurting starters, both teams showcased their depth. Charlie Frye, filling in for injured Matt Hasselbeck, was spectacular managing the offense. He was 19-29, for 219 yards, and 2 scores. However, he was shaken up after a roughing the passer play. Seneca Wallace entered in his place. On the other side, Philip Rivers was as good, throwing for 143 yards, and showing that his injured knee was not bothering him.

Darren Sproles, who started in place of LaDanian Tomlinson, who never plays in the preseason, was outstanding, rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries and 1 score. Although he is 5 foot 6, he is elusive and he almost hides behind offensive linemen, making him harder to tackle. With Michael Turner gone, the Chargers need a solid backup for LT, and Sproles looks like that guy, Wideout Vincent Jackson continues to improve, with 84 yards receiving.

With Seattle missing their top two wideouts, Deion Branch and Bobby Engram, Jordan Kent and Nate Burelson stepped up. Kent had 47 yards on 4 receptions with a touchdown, and Nate Burleson had a 68 yard touchdown reception to get the Seahawks on the board in the first quarter. Maurice Morris and TJ Duckett were impressive spelling starter Julius Jones, as well. Duckett rushed for 46 yards on 6 carries, and Morris rushed for 31 yards on 5 carries.

No major injuries occurred for the Chargers, which is a huge concern in the preseason, but Shawne Merrimen replacement Gyles Tucker hurt his ankle in the third quarter. It does not seem to be serious, although he did leave the game. Seahawk star Linebacker Lofa Tatupa injured his right knee. No word yet on his condition.

In a battle of backups, both teams showed incredible depth that makes them Super Bowl Contenders. The Chargers (2-1) face off next week against the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks (2-1) battle the Oakland Raiders next week.

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