The 2014 NFL preseason opened up on Thursday night, and in the final game of the evening, the Dallas Cowboys paid a visit to the San Diego Chargers. This one ended up being a dominating effort by the Chargers, as they ran away with this one by a final score of 27-7.
For the Chargers, the story in this one was that the quarterbacks were near perfect. All of them.
In the limited time that Philip Rivers saw on the field in the first preseason game, the San Diego starter was a perfect 4-for-4 for 61 yards, but no touchdowns. When Kellen Clemens entered the game to take over, he was even better, finishing up the game 5-for-5 with 134 yards and a touchdown strike to Dontrelle Inman in the third quarter.
Branden Oliver led the team in rushing, finishing up the game with 64 yards on seven carries.
As for the Cowboys, Tony Romo did not play tonight as he continues to heal his back up, meaning Brandon Weeden was handed the reins of the offense. And all in all, he delivered and showed that the Cowboys may indeed have a viable back up, should Romo go down again.
Weeden showed good command of the offense and finished the game 13-of-17 for 107 yards and a nice touchdown pass to tight end James Hanna down near the goal line in the first quarter.
Next up for the Chargers will be a preseason contest with the Seattle Seahawks next Friday on the road, while the Cowboys will be at home next Saturday against the Miami Dolphins.