First quarter thoughts

NASHVILLE – Pretty much all San Diego here. The Chargers held the ball for over 10 minutes, and benefitted from some big offsides infractions from the Titans defense, especially the encroachment penalty on third-down around the goal line. That was a biggie and set up the game’s first score.

I have to say LaDainian Tomlinson is looking spry tonight. He’s got that bounce in his step, he’s rocking from side to side and letting things open up. Only time he didn’t look good was the option pass around the end zone, which he sailed too high (and this dude has thrown his fair share of TD passes in his time). Chargers should have scored sooner on that drive as well; Vincent Jackson tore past Nick Harper with a double-move, but the wind burst held the pass up in the air. Otherwise it’s an easy six.

For the Titans, they are getting a pretty nice pass rush going at times, but Jackson is hurting them in the intermediate game. Was a nice start by Chris Johnson, however. He had 40 combo yards on the opening drive alone, including a quintessential run where he storms inside, cranks it outside the tackles and lets his speed take over. He’s fighting for some serious yardage after contact, too. This guy is right there in the MVP voting as far as I’m concerned.

Should be an entertaining final three quarters of play.

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