Many Stories Headline Chargers @ Jets

The 4-1 Chargers travel to New York to take on the 3-3 Jets. This game is huge for both teams.

The game got more headline attention when Jets head coach Rex Ryan stated that he would have one multiple Super Bowl rings already if he was the Chargers head coach. Norv Turner then responded that he wants to see the rings that Ryan guaranteed in his first two season in New York. I personally think that Ryan was only trying to compliment the Chargers in saying the talent they have is that good but it just came out all wrong. Will this add fire to the Chargers game attack? Will the Jets play with more fire, which in the past they seem they have whenever ever there coach talks smack?

This game is also the first time both RB Ladainian Tomlinson and CB Antonio Cromartie face off against their former team. Tomlinson has scored a touchdown against everyone in the NFL except the Chargers. Both players have stated that this is just “another game” but will Tomlinson and Cromartie have a big game?

And the final headline is of course that the last time these two teams played, the Jets came out the winner. The Chargers had a 13-3 regular season record and earned the number two seed in the playoffs. In the Divisional game, the Jets upset the Chargers 17-14 in which the Jets outscored the Chargers 17-7 in the second half.

But do all these headline affect what is played on field? That remains to be seen.

On offense, the Chargers get TE Antonio Gates back which could be a huge lift because the Jets have trouble defending TEs. Also, look for the combination of Mike Tolbert and Ryan Mathews to have a big game in passing attack because the Jets LBs are too slow to guard RBs. It will be interesting to see if the Chargers attack CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.

On defense, the Chargers cannot let Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense get in a rhythm. Their offensive line has been playing better of late and the Jets get their run game going, things can start to open upm for the passing attack.

Key Match-up to Watch: Vincent Jackson/Malcolm Floyd vs. Darrelle Revis/Antonio Cromartie: This WRs vs. CBs matchup will be a good one to watch. Revis can gaurd anyone and Cromartie has the height and speed to stop both Jackson and Floyd. Jackson and Floyd need to find a way to get open and make plays for the Chargers against a Jets pass defense who has been shaky at times this year.

Player to Watch: Joe McKnight: The Chargers should look at for this versatile player. He does everything for the Jets: Kickoff Returner, Punt Blocker, WR, RB, and has even seen time at CB this year. If the Chargers can control his ability to make plays, the Chargers can just add to their chance of winning.

Outcome: This game is a bigger game for the Jets and I think they come out on top with a 21-17 win.

Week 4: Take Care of Business

Once again the Chargers have a 2nd straight week where they face a team that they are better than. Last week, they struggled with the Chargers and this week they take on the Dolphins.

The Dolphins are not a better team and the Chargers should be able to win this game easily. On defense, the Chargers can not let Chad Henne get in rhythm. Henne is at his best when he can completes multiple passes and gets his confidence up. If Henne and WR Brandon Marshall start connecting on passes, look for this game to be close.

On offense, look for the Chargers to continue their balanced offense. Ryan Matthews will look to continue to improve on his successful sophomore year in which he rush for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. I am still looking for the wake up game in which the Chargers will flex their offensive weapons.

Key to the Game: Chargers Pass Offense vs. Dolphins Pass Defense – it’s no secret that the Chargers have weapons. If the Dolphins can’t stop Philip Rivers then the Chargers will win this game in a landslide.

Outcome: The Chargers win this game 27-10.


Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Preview

Week 2: Brady, Patriots Too Much

Can anyone stop Tom Brady? The answer may be unknown but the Chargers didn’t have the answer for him as Brady threw for 423 yards and the Patriots offense was too much. The Chargers (1-1) turned the ball over inside the Patriots’ 35-yard line three times, leading to 17 points. They also were stopped on a fourth-and-goal at the 1, and the Patriots started a 99-yard drive that ended with one of Brady’s two scoring passes to Rob Gronkowski.

I mean there’s not much to say about this game. You can’t turn the ball over and expect to win the game especially against a team like the Patriots.

Week 3: Plain and Simple: Better Team, You Better Win

Week 3 against the Chiefs is a great way for the Chargers to get back on track. The Chargers are the superior team and they should control and dominate this game.

On offense look for Malcolm Floyd to have another breakout game as the Chiefs secondary has struggled this season (see how the Lions did). Ryan Mathews looked good last week and look for him and Mike Tolbert to see increased carries.

On defense, the Chiefs are recovering from the loss of Eric Berry in week 1 and more importantly Jamaal Charles in week 2. So the Chargers should be able to control the line of scrimmage and make Matt Cassel’s day a very long one.

Key to Victory: Turnover battle– The only way I see the Chargers losing is if they turn the ball over. They should dominate the game because they are the better team.

Outcome: The Chargers win 35-14.

Week 1 Recap and Week 2 Preview

Week 1:
The Chargers’ offense looked like, well, the Chargers’ offense in Week 1 against the Vikings. They racked up over 400 yards of offense and Philip Rivers was his usual self. Rivers threw for 335 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. He connected with 8 different receivers, all who had at least 2 catches.

The defense had trouble stopping the run game but that’s okay because Donovan McNabb could not get the passing game going. The Vikings offense is built for McNabb to succeed and the Chargers all but shut him down. The Chargers were able to use this game to get some preseason rust off as they did not look good in the first half. In the second half, it was all Chargers as they went on their way to a 24-17 victory.

Week 2:
Look for the 2nd half, from Week 1, Chargers versus the Patriots this week. This can be another high scoring game for the Patriots but the Chargers have the weapons to stick with Patriots. On offense, look for Vincent Jackson to have a good game. Jackson who plays like Brandon Marshall (7 rec 139 yards) will find himself in a lot of one on ones has the Patriots try to contain TE Antonio Gates.

On defense, the most important thing is to get pressure on Tom Brady. It doesn’t matter if they get sacks but if Brady has all day to pass it, then it’s going to be a long day for the Chargers. Another key to winning is stopping tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots are revolutionizing the way the tight end position is played but if you have containment on them, then look for this to be a tight game.

I see the Patriots winning in a high scoring game 30-27

Chargers Preview

The Chargers look to take back control of the AFC West after they were stopped by the Chiefs in 2010 for their quest for their fifth straight AFC title. A 2-5 start did not help the team as a comeback wasn’t enough to win the division or a wild card spot as they finished 9-7. The Chargers did not stay quite in the offseason as they made some moves in the offseason.

The top ranked offense in 2010 said goodbye to Darren Sproles (looked really good for the Saints). Although, they didn’t make many moves offensively, the Chargers have WR Vincent Jackson for a full year (held out the 1st 10 games in 10’) and Ryan Matthews healthy (missing 4 games). You also can’t forget underrated WR Malcolm Floyd, and the best tight end in the NFL in Antonio Gates to give Philip Rivers another shot to prove he may be the best quarterback in the game. Mike Tolbert always adds depth at the running back position after he rushed for 735 yards (4.0 avg) and 11 touchdowns.

The top ranked defense in 2010 decided to try to add depth to a team that already includes a defense with Luis Castillo, Shaun Phillips and Quentin Jammer. The Chargers added Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders, veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes, and used four of their first five draft pick (all in the first three rounds) to address the defensive side of the ball. They drafted end Corey Liuget in round 1 (18 overall), CB Marcus Gilchrist in round 2, LB Jonas Mouton in round 3 (pick from Cromartie trade), and CB Shareerce Wright in Round 3. Also worth noting is new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky who left to take the Carolina head coaching job.

X-Factor: Bob Sanders – Yes, Bob Sanders can have a huge impact if healthy. The key word there is IF. What safety will the Chargers get? The Pro Bowl safety or the most recent Sanders who is injury riddled. If Sanders can stay healthy, the Chargers might have the steal of the off season.

How They’ll Finish: The Chargers will be on top of the AFC West again. Their offense is too good and Philip Rivers will be up MVP like numbers on their way to an 10-6 finish.

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