I didn't want to interfere with the smack talk.. But I feel we will be focused team.
In battle of rookies, Brees prevails
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2002) -- Junior Seau introduced himself early and often to David Carr and the expansion Houston Texans, leading a mismatch that soon became a feeding frenzy.
Seau, the perennial Pro Bowl linebacker, intercepted Carr to set up one of Curtis Conway's two touchdowns and defensive end Raylee Johnson recovered Carr's fumble in the end zone for another score as the San Diego Chargers beat the punchless Texans 24-3.
Carr, the top pick in April's draft, had no chance against the Chargers' relentless defense. He was sacked nine times, intercepted twice and completed only six of 25 passes for 87 yards.
David Carr was sacked by the Chargers defense nine times.
"We wanted to put pressure on him and we wanted him to be uncomfortable," Seau said. "And for the most part, we did that. We're happy about that. It was fun."
All that, and the Chargers -- who haven't allowed a touchdown in two games -- were without one of their hardest hitters, safety Rodney Harrison, out with a groin injury.
The Chargers (2-0) kept Houston (1-1) from becoming the first expansion team to win its first two games. Houston upset Dallas 19-10 a week earlier to become the first expansion team since Minnesota in 1961 to win its first game.
Carr, who was a fan of Seau's while growing up in California's Central Valley, and even got his autograph as a teenager, has been sacked 15 times in his first two games, and said he feels it.
"I'm just going to get in an ice bucket with a snorkel and come back the next week," Carr said.