Winning a Season Opener......what a novel concept.
Drew Bledsoe - 18/24, 226 Yards Passing, 3 TDs, and NO INTERCEPTIONS!
Damn that felt good. Maybe just once more, NO INTERCEPTIONS!
A few knowledgeable posters stated numerous time this offseason that if you gave Bledsoe time he would pick the Defense apart. Proof? It's in the Boxscore baby. When given time, Bledsoe systematically dissected the Chargers today. He made all of the throws (short/dumpoffs, mid-range, long) and made them all at a highly-efficient level.
Julius Jones - 26 carries, 93 Yards, 1 TD
Nothing spectacular but he did reel off some nice runs here and there to keep the Chargers honest. San Diego was forcing us to throw all day long (see above). Julius kept pounding even when there was nothing there and was a crucial part of today's win.
Patrick Crayton - 6 receptions, 89 yards, 1 TD
I regret to inform you that this particular secret is out. In front of a National Audience, Crayton came up with Big Catch time and time again today. There was still some question as to whether or not he could put together a complete game to help the team get a win. Question answered. Dude is the definition of a Gamer.
Keyshawn Johnson - 5 receptions, 65 yards, 2 TDs
Not bad for a guy who has been called old, slow, and whom several posters here have tried to run off the team numerous times. Today was further evidence that Key knows how to play the Wide Receiver game better than anybody else on our roster. He's physical, does barely enough to not get called for Offensive PI, blocks like a madman, and gets in opposing DBs heads from Drive one.
Terry Glenn - 3 receptions, 42 yards
Threw this in here for LTN and just to recognize a guy who will give you at least 3 catches and 40+ yards almost everytime he plays.
Anthony Henry - 12 tackles (10 of them solo), 1 INT
Remember back in TC when Bill called Henry the Best Cornerback on the roster? Yeah so do I. Seemed a little unlikely back then. Seems almost definite right now. Damn this guy is tough. He hits, bumps, and never lets that Receiver get a large cushion on him. Stud.
Roy Williams - 7 tackles (5 of them solo), 1 Sack
Roy made a couple plays today that saved this game for us. Amazing what he can do when you actually allow him to play closer to the line of scrimmage, no?
There are several other players who deserve praise for today's Big Win, and please feel free to mention them, but it's celebration time and I'm hungry.