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The Real Official Game Day Thread: Chargers @ Patriots - 9/18

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Sep 18, 2011.

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    Real nice... go Bolts.
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    Outstanding!! Time to shock the world and make the "experts" look foolish.
    Go Chargers! Beat the Patriots!!
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    Thanks, Sandy....... I decided to go "old school" for this one.
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    Awesome as usual. I can hear Belichick now, "The horror. The horror." Bolts got this one.
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    Nice work Blue, as always.
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    Heyyy!!! That guy is wearing my cavalry hat! Isn't that some sort of copyright infringement??!! It's alright for now, besides... Charlie don't play football!! Go Rivers and the Air Cav!! Tan ta ta tan tan, tan ta ta tan tan!!! (<Simulate Wagner's Flight of the Valkyries...)
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    Deleted the thread that I created. Didn't know we had a process in place already. ;)

    Will make a note of that for next time!

    BTW - that pic is SICK! :abq1:
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    Most well done! May it this day bring victory to the Chargers of San Diego!
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    chargers San Diego Chargers

    Good morning! Forecast for kickoff is calling for partly to mostly sunny with temperatures steady near 63F. Time to #BOLTUP!
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    The New England Patriots make their home debut this week, against the San Diego Chargers, after dismantling the Miami Dolphins on the road last week.

    Despite struggling offensively against the Minnesota Vikings, the Chargers should provide a stern test for the Patriots and test their Super Bowl credentials.

    Tom Brady had a record setting 517 yards last week in Miami. With arguably the best starting secondary in the league coming to town, don't expect him to put in such a machine-like performance this week.

    The Chargers dominated the Minnesota Vikings' offense in their opening game of the season. Vikings' starting quarterback Donovan McNabb finished the game with only 39 passing yards. It's easy to see why when you look at the names lining up across from him.

    Antoine Cason and Quintin Jammer are too very talented cornerbacks. The veteran cornerbacks shouldn't suffer from the cramping that Sean Smith and Vontae Davis did last week. They shouldn't have to come off the field and their experience will allow them to deal with the Patriots' no huddle package better than the Dolphins' did.

    When you pair those two corners with a healthy Bob Sanders and re-signed Eric Weddle, it's difficult to determine where you want to throw the ball on the Chargers. Sanders looks to be fully healthy for the first time in years while Weddle is probably the most underrated safety in the league.

    While neither player is tall enough to match up to either Aaron Hernandez or Rob Gronkowski, their physicality should make both of the Patriots' tight ends' jobs more difficult. Takeo Spikes and Donald Butler will be looking to intimidate the pair also as that should, once again, be a key battle that will decide the outcome of the game.

    Tom Brady had plenty of time in the pocket last week. This will be one major area of concern for the Chargers who will be missing Luis Castillo, while Larry English was inactive last week once again. Without those two players, the Chargers will be looking to Shaun Phillips matchup with Sebastien Vollmer—who returned to practice this week—and Corey Liuget to get in Brady's face through the middle.

    Devin McCourty's matchup to Vincent Jackson will be a major point of contention for Bill Belichick as he prepares this week. McCourty was thrown at more than any Patriots' player last week, he was targeted 15 times allowing nine receptions for 151 yards.

    McCourty struggled with Brandon Marshall's height. Marshall didn't have a great game but still put up big numbers, there were opportunities for Marshall to catch the football against McCourty that he couldn't take because of his strength. Jackson won't have that problem this week.

    If fully focused and healthy, Jackson can be a dominant receiver. He has imposing upper body strength to go a long with his speed to get deep. Jackson will cause headaches for the Patriots secondary today. Those headaches will become migraines when they try to shut down the rest of Philip Rivers' weapons.

    In Antonio Gates the Chargers have the most difficult player to match up to throughout the whole league. Possessing the speed of Aaron Hernandez and the size of Rob Gronkowski, Gates has been dominating this league for a lot longer than either of the Patriots' studs.

    Even if the Patriots find a way to double both Gates and Jackson, Malcom Floyd is too big to be shut down by Leigh Bodden or Kyle Arrington. Ras-I Dowling may be asked to take the assignment, after showing some good physical play last week, but if Philip Rivers looks his way, he will be in trouble also.

    Rivers will be determined to have a big day this week after struggling against, what should have been a lesser, Minnesota Vikings' side. The young quarterback was unbelievable last season without his best targets, this year he is looking to prove the few doubters left that he is an elite quarterback.

    The passing game will definitely be the biggest worry, but Mike Tolbert had a big game last year. His injury status is a little uncertain, but he is expected to get more carries than Ryan Mathews after his three touchdowns last week.

    Mathews must not be overlooked however. While he has struggled as a professional to this point, he has shown flashes of big plays. He was a big play specialist in college who, if given the chance, will put points on the board from anywhere on the field.

    In what could be an AFC Championship game preview, the New England Patriots face a tough test today against the San Diego Chargers. Don't be surprised if another shootout is on the cards, however while the Dolphins may have brought a bigger gun than expected last week, the Chargers will be driving a tank.
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    Almost time for me to get a seat at the bar. I mean it is almost 8am so 1 more hour and it will be noon on the east coast... time to start getting "LUBED UP".
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    Chargers rankings after week 1:

    Offense, passing: 5
    Offense, receiving: 6
    Offense, rushing: 21
    Offense, scoring: 15
    Offense, TD: 10
    Offense, Line: 10

    Defense, Total Yards: 1
    Defense, Passing: 1
    Defense, Rushing: 26
    Defense, Receiving: 1
    Defense, Sacks: 17
    Defense, Scoring: 9
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    4 minutes ago - by Dan McLellan - 5 things to watch vs. Patriots: No. 5 ¿ K Nick Novak
    The Chargers signed Novak on Tuesday to replace K Nate Kaeding (ACL, IR list). Novak, 30, has three seasons of experience (2005-06 and 2008), but has been out of the NFL for over two years. His career field goal percentage is only 63.3 (19 of 30). Novak was with the Chargers during training camp in 2010 and made two of three field goals in preseason, with a long of 48. Chargers RapidReports



    [​IMG] 2 minutes ago - by Dan McLellan - 5 things to watch vs. Patriots: No. 4 ¿ Turnovers
    The Chargers offense turned the ball over in four consecutive possessions in the first half when New England beat San Diego 23-20 in 2010. WR Richard Goodmancaused the most memorable turnover when he fell to the ground untouched following a 25-yard reception and left the ball on the turf. “We had some turnovers we were very fortunate to get,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “I don’t know if you can count on getting those very often again.” Chargers RapidReports
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    1 minute ago - by Dan McLellan - 5 things to watch vs. Pats: No. 3 ¿ Crayton, English, Martin
    Will WR Patrick Crayton, OLB Larry English and DE-DT Vaughn Martin have an impact on the game? Crayton (ankle) and English (knee) were inactive Week 1 vs. the Vikings. Both players practiced all week and have said they are ready to play. Martin will receive his first career start in replace of DE Luis Castillo (leg). Martin, however, has primarily played at tackle, so to play defensive end will be an adjustment for him. Chargers RapidReports
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    The Bolt defense will shine like a brand new dime and help seal a victory hard fought and won.
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    It's week 2. It's the Pats...

    LET THE MAYHEM BEGIN!!!
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    "Remember your Training, and you will make it back alive."

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    That Corona looks DAMN good! :)

    Might have to get a couple of those today.
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    Since when did Martin play tackle?...... :confused:........... :rolleyes:......... :roflmao:
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    41 minutes ago - by Dan McLellan - 5 things to watch vs. Patriots: No. 2 -- no-huddle offense
    Can the Chargers' defense stop QB Tom Brady and the Patriots’ no-huddle offense? New England frequently ran the no-huddle against Miami on Monday and Tom Brady threw for a franchise-record 517 yards – the fifth-best single-game performance in NFL history. The Chargers defense, however, held QB Donovan McNabb to only 39 passing yards in Week 1. If San Diego is to have success at shutting down the aerial assault this week, the defense will need to frequently get pressure on Brady. Chargers RapidReports
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    34 minutes ago - by Dan McLellan - 5 things to watch vs. Pats: No. 1 -- short passing game
    Who will have more success with the short passing game, New England QB Tom Brady or San Diego QB Philip Rivers?: Both QBs had success with short passes in Week1. Brady completed passes to TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez a combined 13 times for 189 yards. Rivers completed passes to TE Antonio Gates, RB Ryan Mathews and RB Mike Tolbert a combined 20 times for 195 yards. The QB that is most efficient in the short passing game on Sunday will likely lead his team to victory. Chargers RapidReports
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    Sounds to me like our Run game on O and D needs to step it up. Not that it Has to this week as those are just 16 games worth of ranking.

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    Exactly what I was just saying to my roommate. VM will do FINE at DE lol i think his play time at backup has been more DE than DT by at least 80/20.

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