The San Diego Chargers began their preseason with a convincing 27-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys while undrafted free agents shined in their preseason debuts.
The Chargers got off to a fast start in preseason by demolishing the Cowboys 27-7. Tony Romo did not start for the Cowboys, and second-string quarterback Brandon Weeden took his place.
Weeden performed solidly, throwing 13-for-17 for 107 yards and a touchdown pass. Caleb Hanie took over in the third quarter and was unable to get anything going, and third-stringer Dustin Vaughan didn’t perform any better.
The Chargers held a 10-7 lead at halftime, but they pulled away in the third quarter and never looked back.
Philip Rivers performed flawlessly in the first quarter, completing all four of his passes for 61 yards. They would have scored a touchdown in the first quarter if not for a Ryan Mathews fumble at the goal line. The Chargers pulled him after the first quarter.
Undrafted rookie running back Branden Oliver made a strong case for a roster spot by rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Kellen Clemens solidified his status as the No. 2 quarterback by completing all five of his passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, which went for 70 yards to Dontrelle Inman, who finished with 107 receiving yards.