San Diego Looks to Continue Good Start

Under the Norv Turner regime it became a seasonal ritual for the Chargers to start slow and lose games they shouldn’t, but rebound late in the season to roll off wins and make the playoffs. However, last year San Diego was unable to do that and missed out on the postseason. The Chargers will be hosting the Tennessee Titans and honoring the late Junior Seau who took his own life earlier this year.

Fortunately for Chargers fans the blackout that had been looming over this home opener is gone. News broke out Friday that the game had finally been sold out, after the Chargers extended the amount of time they had to sell the tickets. Whether it was the Chargers who purchased the tickets or not, it is still great for the fans that it happened.

Keys to the Game: The Chargers must continue to not make any mistakes on special teams. San Diego’s special teams unit had been a bugaboo for the team over the past few seasons. Last week the special teams did not make any mistakes and took advantage of Oakland’s bad special teams.

Philip Rivers must protect the ball. Rivers is a bit of a gunslinger, which has aided him the past, but last season he hurt the team with his 20 interceptions. If he can limit his interceptions he will return to being one of the better quarterbacks in the league.

San Diego needs to get the running game going. San Diego lived on the running game for many years with Tomlinson, Turner, Sproles and now Matthews. Matthews is listed as questionable, but I would expect him to play. If the Chargers can create the threat of a running game, Philip Rivers can do what he does best  and that is throwing the ball down the field.

Injuries: Jared Gaither will miss another game at left tackle. Gaither is still suffering from back spasms and it is becoming quite apparent that he lacks any real desire to play football. Cornerback Shareece Wright is out too, but more importantly, Quentin Jammer will be playing with his broken hand unless something else happens between now and the game. Gates and Matthews are both listed as questionable, but I would expect both to play. Gates is always banged up, so it is nothing new to see his name on the injury list.

The Titans remain relatively healthy. Jake Locker, Kenny Britt and Nate Washington are all listed as questionable, but all three are expected to play.

Final Analysis: I expect the Chargers to be fired up for their home opener, especially with the franchise honoring Junior Seau. There may be a little divine intervention involved on Sunday. San Diego 31 Tennessee 17.



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