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NFL Preseason Preview - Arizona (1-2) at San Diego (1-2)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals travel to San Diego this week to face the Chargers in a preseason finale for both clubs that should be even more vanilla than most.

That's because the two teams will meet again 11 days later when the Chargers visit Arizona for a Monday Night matchup in Week 1 of the regular season.

Last week, the Cardinals dropped a 19-13 decision to the Cincinnati Bengals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Arizona's defense did not allow a touchdown in the game and rookie WR John Brown provided the biggest offensive highlight with a diving 30-yard TD reception late in the third quarter,

Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton continued his solid preseason run, completing 10-of-13 passes for 108 yards and a TD in leading Arizona to 10 points in his three second-half series. Stanton has a 125.0 passer rating in the preseason and has thrown a TD in all three games.

The Cards' defense was led by the team's 2014 first-round pick, safety Deone Bucannon, who was credited with a game-high seven tackles as Arizona fell to 1-2 in practice action.

San Diego is also 1-2 in the preseason, coming off a 21-7 loss on Sunday to the 49ers in San Francisco.

Quarterback Philip Rivers only played the first quarter in that one and was very sharp, hitting 9-of-10 passes for 85 yards and a TD to star tight end Antonio Gates.

This contest marks the first time since 2003 that the Cardinals will be visiting San Diego for preseason play. When the two teams rematch in Week 1, it will mark the Chargers first-ever regular season visit to University of Phoenix Stadium.

08/27 11:35:47 ET

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