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Bolts’ run D standing tall

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Saturday, Dec 22, 2007
    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com

    Seven weeks ago after the Chargers’ run defense had an afternoon to forget in Minnesota, the group promised to prove that Adrian Peterson’s performance against the Bolts was not indicative of the group that they are.

    “We will find that edge,” linebacker Shawne Merriman said following the loss to the Vikings. “We will have that attitude.”

    Nearly two months later, the Chargers have certainly made their point on the field. Since Peterson and Chester Taylor’s big day, the Bolts have held four of their six opponents under 100 yards rushing, including last week when they allowed just 26 yards on the ground to Detroit.

    The only two teams to reach the century mark, Tennessee and Jacksonville, each needed 37 carries to get there. Since the Vikings game, opponents have averaged just 3.2 yards per carry against the Chargers.

    “We’re a good run defense,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “The way the game unfolded (in Minnesota), it just got away from us. Our guys take a lot of pride in that. That’s where our defense starts. Obviously there are some areas where we felt we had to get better.”

    The Bolts look to stay on track Monday night as they face a Broncos team that has consistently rolled out a creative running attack throughout Mike Shanahan’s 13-year tenure with the club. Denver ranks eighth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 124 yards per game.

    “That’s what Denver does best and that’s what we do best,” defensive tackle Jamal Williams said. “We feel better about the way we’ve played. We’ve just got to keep it up.”

    Injury update

    Merriman (knee) and defensive end Luis Castillo (ankle) were limited in Saturday’s practice and Turner said both will be game-time decisions Monday night.

    “I think it looks good for Shawne,” Turner said. “The other guys, we’ll just see where we’re at.”

    Both players, along with running back Michael Turner (shoulder) are listed as questionable. Quarterback Philip Rivers is probable. Also, the Chargers added Williams (ankle) to the injury report. He’s questionable for Monday’s game.

    Positioning game

    On Saturday, Turner was again asked how important earning the third seed in the AFC playoffs is to him.

    “If I had a crystal ball I could tell you,” Turner said. “Everyone makes a big deal out of it. To me, we just want to be playing at our best. When you get in the playoffs you’re going to play good teams.”

    Turner’s focus is more concentrated on the task at hand, and his excitement revolves around the Chargers playing a rival at home, where the Bolts are 7-1 this season.

    “It’s a Monday Night game, it’s a division opponent, it’s a good Denver team,” Turner said. “They’ve lost a couple tough, close games over the last month. It’s going to be a heck of a football game. We want to win. Everyone is caught up in the seeding. We’re going to be at home. We’re going to play a playoff game here. We’re going to play somebody. You can’t control that. We just want to go out and compete and continue to get better so we’re at our best when the playoffs start.”

    Jackson time

    Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, a Colorado Springs native, seems to turn it up a notch when facing his hometown team. Earlier this season, the third-year pro caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in Denver. In two games against the Broncos last season, Jackson caught three balls for 39 yards and a touchdown at Invesco Field and hauled in three passes for 95 yards, including a 55-yard catch and run, in the Bolts’ division-clinching game at Qualcomm Stadium.

    Jackson has 35 receptions for 564 yards and three touchdowns this season. He leads the team with an average of 16.1 yards per catch on the year.

    Back to back?

    With Pittsburgh’s Willie Parker out for the year with a broken leg, LaDainian Tomlinson’s chances of capturing a second-consecutive NFL rushing title just increased. LT enters Monday’s game five yards shy of Parker for the league lead. Peterson is on his heels with 1,278 yards, 33 behind LT’s 1,316.

    Current Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James was the last player to lead the NFL in rushing in consecutive seasons. He accomplished the feat with the Colts in 1999 and 2000.
  2. cranberry

    cranberry BoltTalker

    Oct 3, 2006

    So Ted Cottrel's force will have to stand up tall again to give the fans a christmasworth game
  3. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    The D is peaked at a higher level than the O right now and the O isn't exactly chopped liver. I will be thoroughly PO'd if Norval holds LT out prematurely to "protect" him. Want the rushing title for him. Want ALL the records for him. He deserves it.
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Especially the Lombardi. :yes: :tup:
  5. TBF

    TBF BoltTalker

    Jul 12, 2007
    I have been saying this for the past 5 weeks, but, it's all about when you're playing your best football. The Chargers are playing thier best football right now! One reason is our defensive front via health, mindset and a descent run blitz package that TC stuck too.


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