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***OFFICIAL*** Chargers @ Vikings Gameday Thread

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Ride The Lightning, Nov 4, 2007.

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    Dear Adrian Peterson,

    You. Can't. Run.

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    Even with setting the clocks back...

    LET THE MAYHEM BEGIN!!!
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    Speaking of setting the clocks back... I completely forgot. Sunnovabiitch I thought I had slept in for once!!!

    Up @ 6:30 watching "Backyardigans" with my 7mo. old. Now that's some hardcore football prep right there!!!

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    Five things to watch: Chargers (4-3) at Vikings (2-5)

    Analysis by Jay Posner

    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    November 4, 2007
    Kickoff: 10 a.m. | Caliente line: Chargers by 7 | Series: Chargers lead 5-4 | TV: Channel 8 (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf) | Radio: KIOZ-FM (105.3) and in Spanish on XCRN-AM (1470)

    1. TOUGH TO RUN: Think of how difficult it is for opponents to run against the Chargers, especially with Jamal Williams clogging up the middle. Now think of what it would be like with two Williamses. That 's the task facing the Chargers, who must find a way to block Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, who are listed at 311 and 317 pounds but no doubt weigh more. Four teams have rushed for 62 yards or fewer vs. Minnesota, and only one (Dallas) was able to reach 100. LaDainian Tomlinson has moved into fourth in the league in rushing but today faces a defense yielding less than 3 yards a carry.

    2. TOUGH TO RUN II: The Vikings believe they have a superstar back of their own – if anyone who has played seven games can attain that status – but Adrian Peterson will face his toughest test today. The rookie from Oklahoma is averaging a stunning 5.8 yards per carry, but the Chargers are giving up just 3.6 – and that figure is even lower when Jamal Williams plays, which he will today. The Chargers, like the Vikings, have allowed just two rushing TDs. The Chargers must do whatever it takes to slow Peterson and force the Vikings to throw because ...

    3. TOUGH TO PASS: Only the Bills and 49ers have averaged fewer yards passing this season than Minnesota, and it could be argued the Chargers get a break today with the anticipated return of Tarvaris Jackson to the starting lineup. Jackson, a second-year player from Alabama State, has completed less than 46 percent of his attempts while averaging less than 5.5 yards per attempt. He ranks at or near the bottom of nearly every statistical category and today he might have to play without his leading receiver, Bobby Wade. The other starting receiver, Troy Williamson, definitely won't play. If the Chargers allow Jackson to beat them with his arm, they might as well not even show up for next week's game against Peyton Manning.

    4. ROAD WARRIOR: Philip Rivers has never started a regular-season game in a domed stadium, but he has played indoors three times in exhibition games, including at the Metrodome in 2005. And he's been outstanding nearly everywhere he's played on the road, posting the league 's fourth-highest road passer rating over the past year and a half. Five of the last six quarterbacks to face the Vikings' 32nd-ranked pass defense threw for at least 275 yards, and Minnesota's best cornerback, Antoine Winfield, might not play.

    5. START FAST: The fans in Minnesota aren 't happy with their team losing 13 of its last 17 games 7/8 the team needed a local TV station to guarantee a sellout just to get the blackout lifted 7/8 and a quick start could turn them even more against the Vikings. Minnesota has played well offensively early but not after that. The Chargers have dominated opponents 59-17 in the first quarter. If they can have a big opening quarter (or half) today, they could send some of the fans home early to catch the Patriots-Colts game.

    Scouting Report

    WHEN THE CHARGERS HAVE THE BALL: This could be a coming-out party for an offense that should have too many weapons, especially in the passing game, for most teams to handle. Even if the Chargers can 't run the ball much, as long as the offensive line holds up well, it 's hard to imagine the club not having their way with Minnesota's secondary. Note, however, that the Vikings have forced 16 turnovers, and also played well in the red zone. EDGE: Chargers

    WHEN THE VIKINGS HAVE THE BALL: While most NFL teams have been in the red zone at least 20 times, Minnesota has been there just nine times. In seven games. That says something about the Vikings' ability to move the football. There are some teams Chargers fans don't want to see throwing the ball regularly against San Diego; Minnesota isn't one of them. The more the Vikings throw, the better the Chargers' chances of winning should be. One caution, though: The Chargers should be wary of screen passes to Adrian Peterson. EDGE: Chargers

    SPECIAL TEAMS: Ryan Longwell has been one of the game's best kickers for many years, and Chris Kluwe isn't a bad punter. The Chargers probably rate a slight edge in coverage, and the returners are about even, although Minnesota probably won 't have Bobby Wade on punts today. EDGE: Chargers

    INTANGIBLES: The Chargers have won three straight, all by at least two TDs. The Vikings have lost five of their last six, but all were by 10 points or fewer. There is one danger for the Chargers: They can't be looking ahead to next week's game with the Colts. EDGE: Vikings

    INJURY REPORT: The Chargers won't have center Nick Hardwick or receiver Buster Davis. Linebacker Shaun Phillips will decide this morning whether he can play. The Vikings listed three starters as questionable 7/8 receivers Wade and Troy Williamson, and cornerback Antoine Winfield. Backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb will be used only in an emergency.
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    Chargers' foes can't overlook Chambers

    By Kevin Acee
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    November 4, 2007

    MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Chambers sprinted downfield, just inside the numbers. Suddenly, he turned outside, then just-as-quickly spun back inside, leaving the defender covering him five and then 10 yards back as the ball sailed long over both their heads.
    Certainly, the Houston Texans cornerback left looking for his dignity was burned. But where was the safety?

    Well, he had collapsed inside on Antonio Gates, who had lined up next to Chambers on the left.

    Oh, the possibilities.

    While the focus after that play was on Chambers being so open and Philip Rivers' overthrow, the excitement was in its hint at what is to come.

    Gates caught just three passes and Chambers two in a too-easy walkover of the Texans, but even that little sample provided a glimpse of what this offense can be now that it has a receiver capable of executing every route – and doing it while teams are still going to be focused on Gates and running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

    Certainly, opposing coaches watching film of the Chargers have more to consider.

    “It makes them have to prepare for something else,” Chambers said. “Then you can start to do other things off that. A lot of guys haven't seen me in this forum. We'll be able to do some things. Then when people start to see us doing the same things and try to stop them, we'll do some other things. It ain't like we don't have '21' back there.”

    So no one should think they have seen the future of the Chargers offense in the recent past.

    The Chargers have thrown just 50 times during this three-game winning streak, including just 11 times in Chambers' debut a week ago.

    “I don't think that's a trend,” Rivers said. “I don't think that will continue. But I also think it won't be 35, 38 times a game either.”

    It shouldn't be. In the NFL this season, teams are 35-69 when throwing 35 or more passes this season. In fact, the Chargers are 1-3 this season and 16-41 since 2004 when throwing 30 or more passes.

    “This is when were scariest,” Rivers said after throwing 21 times against Oakland.

    “Any quarterback in this league – I'll even go all the way and look at (Peyton) Manning – he's at his best when he throws in that 25-30 range,” Norv Turner said. “Philip has proven he is at his best in the mid-20s. Usually in the 20 range, you're ahead, you're not throwing into stacked coverages, not throwing against big blitzes, big man coverages.”

    With Chambers here and Rivers playing better – a 130.1 passer rating the past three games versus 76.0 in the first four – the Chargers' offense should look a lot more like the one that ran on just more than 54 percent of its plays last season.

    Chambers, a Pro Bowler in 2005, was not brought here to be a No. 1 threat. He is a complement; another target like Rivers had in 2006 and did not have this season with Eric Parker being injured.

    While Chambers has brought back the woefully missed comeback route to this offense, he can also do things like running after the catch and getting open deep better than Parker, whom he essentially replaced when acquired via trade last month.

    “He's added another dimension and obviously another dimension means another explosive player, another guy we can rely on to throw the football, a guy that makes the defense play more honestly, meaning they can't all the time bring another safety in the box,” Tomlinson said. “They really have to match up well especially when we split Gates out and we have Vincent (Jackson) and Chris split out at the same time in more of an open formation, it makes the defense kind of play you honest. It absolutely makes it easier for all of us.”

    The prevalent assumption was that Chambers' presence contributed to Gates being egregiously open on his first touchdown catch last week.

    Chambers had nothing to do with it. He was on the sideline for that play, and Gates was open because the safety simply had a brain cramp.

    The Chargers don't anticipate their new receiver changing things too much for Gates and Tomlinson anyway.

    “We're still going to see the same stuff,” Rivers said. “Teams are still going to look at us and say, 'It starts with LT and Gates.' ”

    Rivers said this week he did not see anything from Houston he hadn't seen from them on film. But he knows teams will at least slightly alter their philosophy from now on.

    “They can't say, 'We're going to do this and let them beat us outside if they can,' ” Rivers said. “Now they're like, 'Let's be careful. They will beat us outside.'

    “There is no question it's going to give us another dimension to threaten the whole field on every play. What it's going to allow is Vincent and Chris are going to be out there singled up some and really put pressure on the corners and safeties down the field.”
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    Chargers keep a straight face in pumping up hapless Vikings

    By: MIKE SULLIVAN - Staff Writer

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Over and over, the Chargers heaped praise on the upcoming opponent. They complimented its talent and talked about what a challenge it will be to win today.

    The extent of the gushing left one wondering if the Chargers had peeked ahead a week on the schedule and mistakenly thought they were playing the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts today instead of next Sunday.

    But no, the Chargers really were talking about the Minnesota Vikings, the same Vikings that limp into the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome today with a 2-5 record.

    To a man, the Chargers (4-3) insist that the record doesn't reflect the strength of the 2007 Vikings.

    "Absolutely not," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "This is a really good team. I'm really surprised that they're 2-5. They could very easily be 5-2 because they play good defense and they have a real good running game. They can do some things in special teams. Their return game is really good -- punt return and kick return.

    "This is a very explosive team that should have a better record than they have."

    Minnesota has lost five of its last six games since routing Michael Vick-less Atlanta in its season opener. The Vikings have scored just 10 offensive touchdowns, and their passing game ranks 30th in the league. Defensively, they rank 32nd and last in the NFL against the pass and have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete a mind-boggling 67.4 percent of their passes.

    Yet among the Chargers expressing fear of the Vikings was quarterback Philip Rivers.

    "Obviously, like a lot teams in this league, the record doesn't always tell the truth," Rivers said. "You could flip that around and they could be 5-2 with just a couple plays here and there.

    "When look at them on tape, you don't have to lie to yourselves and make yourselves think they're better than 2-5. We can see it. We know what we're up against and we'll be ready."

    What sticks out to the Chargers is the Vikings' play in the trenches. Minnesota's rushing attack is second in the NFL, and Pro Bowl linemen such as center Matt Birk and guard Steve Hutchinson have helped rookie Adrian Peterson rush for a league-leading 740 yards.

    Defensively, there's no better tandem of run-stopping defensive tackles in the NFL than Pro Bowlers Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. Last season, the Vikings joined the 2000 Baltimore Ravens as the only teams to hold opponents under 1,000 rushing yards for the season since the 1969 AFL-NFL merger. Minnesota ranks third against the run this season.

    In essence, the game will come down to strength against strength -- the Chargers' dependency on Tomlinson, the undisputed best back in the game, against the Vikings' sturdy run defense.

    "We've got to do what we do," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "You have to be smart. You have to pick the best types of runs and we have to get L.T. the football.

    "The biggest thing you look at is no one runs the ball very well against them early. Some people have had some runs as the games wore on in the third or fourth quarter.

    "The running game is a big part of what we do. So we have to give ourselves opportunities to run the ball, but we have to be smart in what we do."

    A victory today would increase the Chargers' winning streak to four games and guarantee at least a share of first place in the AFC West. It would also further separate them from the horrendous 1-3 start and put them on pace for a 10-win season.

    "We started out extremely slow and we weren't happy," general manager A.J. Smith said. "We're very, very lucky people here with the Chargers that nobody was 4-0 and 3-1.

    "If we can go up there and get a victory, that would mean we would be in good shape trying to win the West with a long way to go. It would also mean that we accomplished a 4-0 record in the second quarter, and more importantly, beat Minnesota and we're absolutely, positively, without a doubt in the thick of the Western division race as we go down the stretch."

    Then the focus can turn to the Colts. Turner wanted to hear nothing about the following week's opponent as the team prepared for Minnesota.

    "We don't have a lot of room to have a setback," Turner said. "We had our setbacks in September. We need to take advantage of every opportunity we can, and this is an opportunity for us to go play a game."
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    Five keys to the Minnesota Vikings victory today

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    The Chargers run the 3-4 scheme, which befuddled the Vikings in Dallas two weeks ago. But San Diego's outside linebackers are even better than their Dallas counterparts. Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips each have 5½ sacks to lead their team, and they combined for 28½ last season. That will be a tough task for tackles Bryant McKinnie and Ryan Cook, who will probably get plenty of help from tight ends Jim Kleinsasser and Visanthe Shiancoe.

    Create turnovers

    Turnovers were one of the key reasons for the Chargers' 1-3 start. They were tied for fourth in the league with 10 turnovers. But in the three games since, the Chargers only have committed one turnover, and they are tied for 23rd. The Vikings are tied for fifth in takeaways, and they'll need a few today to slow down the Chargers' explosive offense. In his NFL career, LaDainian Tomlinson has fumbled the ball 24 times but has lost only 10, while quarterback Philip Rivers has lost five in his second full season as a starter. In terms of interceptions, Rivers has just 16 in 23 games as a starter.

    Get off to a quick start

    The Vikings have a knack for scoring on the opening drive, and they'll need to do that today because the Chargers are a first-quarter team. They have scored 59 points in the first quarter, their most productive quarter by far. In each of the past two games, the Chargers have opened with two first-quarter touchdowns en route to decisive victories, including a 41-3 blowout of the Denver

    Broncos. The Vikings have scored touchdowns on the opening drive in three games, but they've never scored more than seven points in the first quarter in any game this season.
    Control the clock

    The Vikings cannot win a shootout against the Chargers. They need to focus on their strength: running the ball. Brad Childress should try to get rookie Adrian Peterson 30 carries this game and veteran Chester Taylor another 10. The Chargers' run defense is ranked a respectable seventh overall, but the Vikings cannot count on their shaky passing offense to take advantage of the Chargers' Achilles' heel: the pass defense, ranked 27th in the league.

    Close the Gates

    He is technically a Pro Bowl tight end, but Antonio Gates must be treated like a Pro Bowl receiver. The former Kent State basketball player has as many catches (46) as perennial Pro Bowl receiver Torry Holt. What's more impressive, though, is that the tight end actually has more yardage (639 to 576) and one more touchdown (five to four). Gates is Rivers' No. 1 option, until new receiver Chris Chambers - acquired in a trade on Oct. 16 - gets acclimated, and he is one of the NFL's physical freaks.
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    Winfield Big Question

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    The Vikings have one of the worst pass defenses in the league and have for the last decade. But today, they could be without their strongest cornerback as Antoine Winfield is a good bet to be limited or out completely today.

    The Vikings have the worst-rated pass defense in the league. That isn’t anything new – the team has been rated 26th or less in pass defense in seven of the last nine years. But, as the Chargers invade the Metrodome today, the Vikings may have to go without its top cornerback.

    Antoine Winfield remains a question mark heading into today’s game with a hamstring injury and might be one of the team’s deactivations later this morning. If that is the case, the Vikings would be starting Cedric Griffin, a second-year player making his 15th career start, and Marcus McCauley, a rookie making his first start.

    While the Chargers offense is propelled by running back LaDainian Tomlinson, without Winfield a porous Vikings pass defense could be even worse. McCauley has played much better than his draft status last April would have indicated, but Winfield’s contribution in both pass and run game will be sorely missed if his sore hammie isn’t good to go.

    The Vikings will announce their inactive players at about 10:30 CST – about 90 minutes prior to game time.

    SUNDAY NOTES

    * The Vikings have allowed 144 first downs this season, including 107 passing and just 29 rushing first downs.
    * The Vikings offense has 117 first downs – 53 passing, 53 rushing and 11 by penalty.
    * For two teams known for running the ball, both the Vikings and Chargers are on the short end of the time of possession battle. The Vikings are allowing opponents to control the clock for nearly 3½ minutes more per game.
    * The Vikings are completing just 49.5 percent of their passes, while allowing opponents to complete 67.4 percent of their attempts.
    * After having no sacks in 16 games last year, Kenechi Udeze leads the Vikings with four sacks this season.
    * The Vikings are averaging 5.2 yards a rush as a team, while allowing must 2.9 yards a carry. The longest run against the Vikings this season has been just 24 yards.
    * Vikings opponents have made 14 of 17 field goal attempts this season, while the Chargers have attempted just eight field goals in seven games.
    * The Chargers haven’t been a nail-biting game all season. Of their seven games, none have been decided by less than seven points and six of the seven have been by double digits.
    * Over the last three games, San Diego has outscored its opponents 104-27.
    * San Diego has outscored its opponents 59-17 in the first quarter of games and 42-17 in the third quarter.
    * Seven different Chargers have caught touchdown passes this season.
    * The Vikings are ranked 23rd on offense (2nd rushing, 30th passing) and 27th on defense (3rd rushing, 32nd passing). The Chargers are 19th on offense (12th rushing, 22nd passing) and 18th on defense (7th rushing, 27th passing).
    * The Vikings defense has the best average-per-rush numbers (2.9 yards a carry) in the league. * The Vikings offense is second in yards per carry, while the Chargers are fourth.
    * Both the Chargers and Vikings have been opportunistic on defense. The Chargers are second in the league with 19 takeaways, while the Vikings are tied for fifth with 16. The Chargers are third in the giveaway/takeaway ratio at +8, while the Vikings are sixth at +6.
    * How dominant are the Patriots this year? Through eight games, they have 39 trips to the red zone and have 27 touchdowns and nine field goals. By contrast, the Chargers have 21 red zone trips (13 TDs, 3 field goals) and the Vikings still have league-worst nine trips to the red zone (4 TDs, 5 field goals).
    * Although only one other team in the league has less than 16 trips in the red zone, the Vikings are the only team in the league that has scored points on every red zone appearance.
    * The Vikings are the only team in the NFL that have allowed more than 100 first downs passing (107).
    * The Vikings offense is converting on just 30.9 percent of its third-down chance. Only the 49ers (30.6) and the Lions (29.6) are worse.
    * The Vikings have allowed three of the top 16 yardage days for opposing quarterbacks in the league this season.
    * Between the Vikings and Chargers, only one player has rushed for 100 yards against either team – Larry Johnson vs. the Chargers.
    * The Vikings are the only team without a quarterback that has thrown 100 passes. Tom Brady comes into action today with 198 completions – two more than the Vikings has pass attempts.
    * Philip Rivers has been a solid passer, but is among the worst in the league this season on third-down passing and on fourth-quarter passing. :icon_eek:
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    Making the adjustments

    CHARGERS: New receiver Chambers is getting used to quarterback Rivers.

    12:33 AM PDT on Sunday, November 4, 2007

    By JIM ALEXANDER
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    SAN DIEGO - Part of the adjustment for a receiver joining a new team is learning the offense. Another part is learning the quarterback he's playing with.

    The first was fairly easy for new Charger Chris Chambers. He spent two years in the system of Norv Turner, his new boss, when Turner was the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins in 2002 and '03.

    The second may take a little more time. Chambers and Philip Rivers are working on getting on the same page, although this isn't going to be a case of staying after practice to run patterns. At midseason, that's not exactly feasible.

    Chris Chambers is used to breaking in new quarterbacks so he said adjusting to Philip Rivers should not be a problem.
    "There's only so much extra routes, extra stuff you can do," Chambers said. "Physically you've got to kind of tone it down a bit and be more (in tune) mentally."

    Their ability to work together could be a critical factor today, when the Chargers take their three-game winning streak to Minnesota. The Vikings are ranked third in the NFL against the run, meaning that Rivers' ability to loosen them up with the pass will be important.

    Chambers, who has averaged 14.1 yards per catch for his career and has 44 touchdown catches in six-plus seasons, was acquired by the Chargers during the bye week and had two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown last week against Houston.

    If he can be the threat the Chargers think he can be, he will only boost an offense that has averaged 34.6 points in the past three games, all victories.

    The two are trying to forge a bond mainly by watching extra film and discussing the game.

    "For the most part, he (Rivers) seems like he's got a good feel, a good grasp of what's going on on offense," Chambers said. "I don't have to go to my receiver coach or the quarterback coach or the offensive coordinator to ask him something. I can just ask Philip."

    Rivers said he didn't think the two were that far from being in sync. Chambers caught a 21-yarder for a first down and a 14-yarder for a touchdown against Houston, and Rivers overthrew Chambers on a deep pattern that could have been another touchdown in the third quarter.

    "I felt really good about it even last week," Rivers said. "Some of the little things will take time. Some little things you don't get for months and years with a guy, the fine details. But that's no reason we can't be on the same page and be crisp throughout games, and we will be."

    Breaking in a new quarterback isn't a new scenario for Chambers, even though he'd spent his entire career with the Dolphins before being traded to San Diego two weeks ago. From the time he came into the league in 2001 through the sixth week of this season, a span of 6 ½ seasons, he'd played with 10 starting quarterbacks in Miami.

    The shuffling coincided with the decline of the Dolphins. They were 11-5, 9-7 and 10-6 in Chambers' first three seasons out of Wisconsin. The next three years they were 4-12, 9-7 and 6-10. They were (and are) winless this season.

    "It's different when you're in the locker room and you're out of the playoffs the first six weeks of the year," Chambers said. "That's a miserable feeling. You have to play for something. You find things to play for, but it's not like playing for the playoffs or the championship.

    "Now, to have an opportunity to revive myself, it feels good. ... I'm coming here at a great time, because it seems like the offense, defense and special teams are hitting their stride right now."

    And this is an offense whose passing game, until last week, mainly had been directed toward tight end Antonio Gates.

    Chambers has "added another dimension ... a guy that makes the defense play more honestly," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.

    "They can't all the time bring a safety into the box. They have to match up, especially when we split Gates out and we have Vincent (Jackson) and Chris spread out at the same time."

    Turner said he'd expected Chambers to come out of last week's game with five or six catches, but Rivers threw the ball only 11 times against Houston. Two defensive touchdowns meant the Chargers offense was on the sidelines much of the first half. And by the time San Diego had a 35-3 lead, there really was no reason to throw a lot of passes.

    "He's got a real presence about him," Turner said of Chambers. "He's an experienced player. He's got excellent speed, and he's got real long arms, so he plays longer than he actually is. Most people look at him on the field and think he's 6-3, but he's 5-11."

    Chambers said the Chargers' system is similar to what Turner ran in Miami, but there's one significant difference.

    "Coach (Dave) Wannstedt was the head coach, and he didn't really let him open it up the way he can open it up," Chambers said. "It seemed like he had the handcuffs on. There were a couple of games he let (Turner) do his thing, and he was successful, but there were some games you could just say we were playing to our defense.

    "Now that he's the head coach, he's more (likely) to open it up."

    And the new guy is confident he'll be a beneficiary.

    "I'm just going to step in and do what I do, make my plays and create some opportunities for other guys," Chambers said. "I'm not going to let these guys down. I'm extremely motivated to come out here and help us win."
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