From Christian Ponder's off-target throws for Minnesota to San Diego's depleted offense to a bunch of bungled calls by the replacement officials, this was a preseason game in every way.
The Chargers at least went home happy with the way their defense is playing. The Vikings were reminded that their offense isn't ready yet for September.
Nick Novak's 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the Chargers a 12-10 victory over the Vikings on Friday after 20 penalties, 13 punts and 11 sacks between the two teams.
''Probably even more so than an emotional lift for us, it's a deflator for the opposing offense,'' said outside linebacker Larry English, who had two of San Diego's five sacks.
Well, the Vikings weren't that down. But they realized they weren't sharp. Their offensive possessions in the first half? Punt, punt, missed field goal, fumble, interception, punt, punt and, finally, a 29-yard field goal by Blair Walsh.
''I think we're a lot further along than we were last year, which...