The Chargers face another strong pass-rush defense on Sunday in the Cincinnati Bengals.
They’re ranked eighth in the league for pass defense, higher than any team the Bolts have faced other than the Denver Broncos.
There’s cornerback Terrence Newman who already has two interceptions and 52 tackles on the season. Or the deadly duo of defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Michael Johnson who’ve combined for 17 sacks on the season.
San Diego’s offensive line was put together less than a week ago. While they allowed six sacks on quarterback Philip Rivers, there’s no doubt they handled the intense Ravens pass-rush surprisingly well.
Undrafted rookie left tackle Mike Harris is one of the ones thrown into the mix this season. Rivers has been surprised but impressed with his and the rest of the line’s efforts.
“Anytime a guy comes in here as an undrafted free agent,” Rivers said. “It’s rare for him to come in and start 12 games. I’m really pleased that he’s here. It’s rare, and he’s gotten better every week. For the most part, the rest of the bunch has stayed pretty much healthy enough to be out there almost every week. Every position is fighting their tail off.”
Guard Rex Hadnot just got added to the line last week because of Tyrone Green’s injury.
He’s ready to take last week’s experience and translate it into this week’s.
“From every game you get positives and negatives,” Hadnot said. “So it’s always important not to dwell on the positives but to build on the negatives and improve the negatives. You start from zero every week and just start with the game plan that the coaches put in and try to execute it the best you can.”