Chargers' defense stout in first preseason win

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers forged ahead early and cruised past the Arizona Cardinals 19-3 on Friday night.

With Carson Palmer limited to three series and Philip Rivers not playing, the first half was mostly a competition between veteran backup quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Drew Stanton.

On their way to a 16-0 halftime lead, the Chargers (1-1) took advantage of two turnovers for 10 first-quarter points.

Brandon Flowers intercepted Palmer's pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

Stanton was then picked off in his first series by Jahleel Addae. He brought it back 61 yards to the Arizona 9. The Chargers settled for a 20-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.

Kicker Josh Lambo was the game's key offensive player. He made four field goals to pace the Chargers.

One week after allowing a league-high 288 rushing yards, the Chargers limited the Cardinals to 63.

Chandler Catanzaro made a 52-yard field goal for Arizona (0-2).

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press

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