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Blues and Golds - Game 6, Patriots at Chargers

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By BlueandGold
    <em>BoltTalk Contributor</em>

    <a href="http://assets.espn.go.com/media/apphoto/08cbb74a-1492-41c1-a634-8afd57f2d40a.jpg"><img class="alignright" title="San Diego Chargers Quentin Jammer (23) celebrates with teammate Matt Wilhelm, left, after Jammer intercepted a pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 in San Diego. The Chargers won 30-10. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/media/apphoto/08cbb74a-1492-41c1-a634-8afd57f2d40a.jpg" alt="" width="149" height="247" /></a>It's been a good week in Chargerland.

    At 3-3, we've evened our record, and we did it while beating one of our most bitter rivals, to boot. Sure, some may say that they didn't have Tom Brady, but we didn't have Gates or LT in the AFCC, so turnabout is fair game.

    Even more impressive (or, if you're a Pats fan, scary) is how outcoached Bill Belichick was. Norv Turner isn't going to be one of my Golds today, but I feel he deserves some recognition for flustering one of the game's best, if not premiere, defensive minds. This comes right on the heels of Belichick being outcoached by Bill Parcel - I mean, Tony Sparano - a couple of weeks earlier.

    Obviously, Belicheck misses Brady like Shanahan misses Elway.

    Great home win for the Chargers, and sorely needed on the EVE of a very long road trip, first to Buffalo, then across the Pond to London, where they will meet Drew Brees and the Saints for a game that could cause Charger Forum Armageddon. We shall see.

    Either way, there's a lot of good things to be said about that game, and I'll definitely not get to cover them all.

    <span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>BLUES</strong></span>

    <strong>1. NATE KAEDING.</strong>

    After the first three games, Nate was a perfect 6 for 6, a 100% conversion rate on field goals.

    Since then, he is 6 for 9: a 67% conversion rate. That's horrible.

    If you look at the season as a whole, he's at an exactly 80% success rate. That's his worst percentage since his rookie season, when he also put up 80% of his 3-point attempts.

    Against the Pats, he was 3 for 4. Not bad, but at 75%, below his average. The one he missed was a 44 yarder - not a chip shot, but makeable nonetheless, and one you expect a pro kicker to nail with regularity.

    There's still a long season to go, but I believe Mrs. BlueandGold put it best - "At this point, Nate scares me to death."

    <strong>2. JACOB HESTER.</strong>

    He was drafted as a grinder, sure-handed, a guy that protected the ball and who was at his best when it mattered most - like on the goal line.

    No indications of goal line success yet, but on his lone carry of the game, he puts the ball on the ground. That fumble resulted in the Patriot's lone touchdown of the night.

    Not a good start for our expensive draft pick. Here's to hoping he learns from that and keeps plugging.

    Oh yeah, his stat line? 1 attempt, 0 yards, 1 fumble.

    <strong>3. THE JAMMER (NON) INTERCEPTION.</strong>

    That was an interception by Quentin and tackle by Randy Moss. I cannot see how you can interpret it otherwise. Jammer picked the ball off, had it securely tucked away, took a few steps, then got tripped up by Moss. He hits the ground, ball pops out, play over because the ground can't cause a fumble.

    That five-minute boo was well, well deserved.

    <strong>GOAT OF THE GAME:</strong>

    Nate Kaeding. Sorry Nate, but there wasn't really much else, and c'mon... you haven't been all that good lately. Step it up.

    <span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>GOLDS</strong></span>

    <strong>1. YOU CAN'T RUN!</strong>

    It did my heart a world of good to hear the crowd roaring that beloved chant for the nation to hear. And this time, it was true.

    The Pats did accumulate 109 yards rushing, but you have to remember that Cassel had 29 of those scrambling. More importantly, they stopped New England on the ground when it really, really mattered.

    Much has been made about Jamal Williams' performance - and rightfully so - but the defense as a whole came to play that night. Eric Weddle was, once again, all over the field, leading the defense with 10 tackles, all solo, on the night. Cooper, Bingham, Castillo, and Wilhelm round out the top five. That's right, both our ILBs are starting to find their way to the football.

    A lot of the credit goes to Stephen Cooper, whose athleticism and energy bring a lot back to the middle of the defense. Since he's returned, the entire complexion of the linebacking corps is different. They're energetic, flying to the football, and penetrating, the way LBs should play in this defense.

    Bingham is a surprise in that top 5. He subbed in quite a lot, not at NT where we normally see him, but for Igor. He was also part of the goal line defense, where, on that critical third-quarter goal line stand, wrapped up the two plays that Jamal forced outside. He may not have NT in his future, but as a defensive lineman, he did a good job Sunday.

    With Jyles Tucker returning next week, the LB corps appears to have nowhere to go but up.

    <strong>2. YOU JUST DON'T THROW AT QUENTIN JAMMER.</strong>

    With two huge passed defensed (both on Randy Moss) and a late interception of Cassel, Jammer once again provided an example to his flashy counterpart on the other side of what a true shutdown cornerback looks like.

    QJ finished with 3 solo tackles and the aforementioned INT.

    There isn't a cornerback - heck, there isn't a defensive player - in the league right now that is playing better at his position than the senior CB of the San Diego Chargers.

    <strong>3. THE RETURN OF THE LINE.</strong>

    After a couple of mediocre games (behind a mediocre offensive line), Philip struck early and often Sunday, making mincemeat of the Patriots and returning to his rightful spot as the #1 rated QB in professional football.

    This is due, in no small part, to the fact that he had an eternity to throw the football. John Madden even exclaimed once during the broadcast, "Look at the TIME!" while watching PR get upward of five seconds to throw the football.

    Granted, PR did an outstanding job - he's not the #1 rated QB in the league for just his o-line - but that was the first real time all season that the offensive line was just dominant. The Patriots, who boast a pretty damn good defensive line, and who were in four man fronts early, were simply stonewalled on nearly every play.

    You don't beat the Patriots without dominating at the line of scrimmage, Tom Brady or not.

    The Chargers did just that.

    <strong>PLAYER OF THE GAME: </strong>

    Philip Rivers. As I said above, your o-line can give you the time, but your QB still needs to know what to do with the football.

    I think it's pretty safe to say PR knows what to do with the football.

    <strong>THE GAME IN ONE SENTENCE:</strong>

    The Chargers play their first complete game of the season, and the Brady-less Patriots can't keep up.

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