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Bolttalk's Keys to the game.

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by tboltzcali, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

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    This thread is opened to you, the posters in bolttalk.com. What do you think the keys to this weekends game. Would love to hear everyones opinions. I believe there are 3 keys...

    1. LT has to get going!!!
    2. We need to keep Nate off the field and score 7.
    3. We need pass rush and force JP into silly mistakes like DB did last year. If we can do this, we will win. Im not sold on this bronco team this year. They do play well at home but man I have this special tingle deep inside about this year. Something that feels good.
     
  2. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    Attack. Offensively and defensively. Attack these guys and put them on their heels for once.
     
  3. sdchrger

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    Take this to the bank. The Donks are imposters to the throne. It's a crazy thing but when people keep telling that you are good you can believe. All it takes is someone to show you the truth. Come Sunday night the Donks will realize that they cannot compete with the Chargers. The will struggle the rest of the way and fight to make the playoffs.
     
  4. boltssbbound

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    You're absolutely right. They scream impostor. Erratic QB, mediocre pass rush, safeties who can cover, the Donks are just waiting to be exposed.

    Shanarat knows it, too. He's searching for a spark. They are 7-2 and he's getting desperate. Last week he scratched a rookie who had been playing well and gave his carries to a guy off the practice squad. George Foster, the Donk's right tackle, was benched in the middle of the Chokeland game. How often do you see an O lineman who is playing so badly that he gets pulled in the middle of a game?

    The Scuttlebutt in Denver this week is that Jake the Fake was one more mistake in Oakland from getting yanked in favor of Cutler. If he Rat goes to Cutler, he is essentially bailing on the season. And he was ready to throw in the towel last week.

    The game on Sunday is far more important to the Donks than it is to us. After this weekend, the Donks go to KC on Thursday night then come home to face Seattle before they play us again. Meanwhile, we get the Turds at home and then go to Buffalo. If the Donks lose to us this Sunday night, they will be at least two back when we face them in SD.

    The Donk tailspin starts Sunday night.
     
  5. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Goddam that just makes me smile... I can only hope you're 100% correct, man.

    My feeling is... if we can't beat those bastards in Denver this year.. when can we??
     
  6. TheLash

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    I think getting the offense off to a quick start is vital! Come out and score 7 on the first drive make those suckers play from behind and put it in the air.

    :bolt: Lash Out:bolt:
     
  7. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

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    Heres an interesting stat...
    Denver has lost 6 of their last 9 home games in November. Hopefully that helps.
     
  8. KimPossible

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    ...It can't hurt...let's keep that Denver November losing streak going...
     
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    My Keys to the games are:

    1: Get LT involved- Get the Run game going and throw Screen passes

    2:Contain Plummer-Jake throws better when he is on the run so keep him in the pocket

    3:Get the Crowd out of the game early- we can do this by scoring quickly and controlling the game with our Characteristic San Diego Long drives



    GO BOLTS!!!!!!!!

    Ray, Thanks for the Sig it rocks
     
  10. mapcap55

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    I'll do you one better...

    The Chargers have won eight straight November games. They have not lost in this month since Nov. 30, 2003, against Kansas City.


    :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup:
     
  11. WonderSlug

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    We haven't had a passing TD versus the Broncos in more than 2 years.

    Our first game versus them in 2004, it was Brees with a QB sneak from the goal line as the only TD.

    Our second game versus them in 2004, it was two rushing TDs by LT as our main scoring offense.

    Our first game versus them in 2005, it was two rushing TDs by LT again as the majority of the scoring on offense.

    Our second game versus them in 2005, it was a single rushing TD by LT.

    Result? 1 - 3.


    We get a couple of passing TDs versus the Broncos and we're in good shape for a victory because it means our passing scheme is working against their secondary. That should open up running lanes for LT because they'll have to stop stacking the box to cover our receivers more diligently.
     
  12. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    I'm liking it :tup:

    :foley53: :bolt:
     
  13. VAN DE MAN CHARGER FAN

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    6 point plan for the Chargers to beat the Donkeys

    1.LT must do his thing, catches, runs and mayb a pass down @ the goal line, but the broncs d mayb to fast

    2. O-Line must hold up, dont allow sacks, and make holes for the run game

    3.Rivers make sure throws, NO PICKS!

    4. Wideouts get open.

    5.D-BACKS NEED TO COVER SOME1!!!!!!!!!

    6. D-line and backers GET TO Jake the Fake. Assign 1 man to the qb all night and just hit him, that way you prevent a bootleg
     
  14. nickelbolt

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    There's a reason Denver's D is ranked 27th against the pass... they're simply not very good in coverage and they get no pass rush!

    So if the object on Defense is to guard against their strength, then the goal for the offense is to attack their weakness. Simple, right?

    This means the Chargers come out in more 3 receiver sets and spread them out. Do it right from the get go. You can still get LT involved, but do it in the passing game right away. Show them they've really got to worry about the QB and receivers.

    Shanahan is one of the most arrogant coaches I've witnessed. Against the Raiders he just reinforced his arrogance and it nearly cost him by letting Jake continue to throw piss poor passes. Had the Raiders had any kind of offense they would have crushed the Donks. Shanahan will go with what's worked for him in the past. Coyer will fill the box with 8 men and dare the Chargers to win with the pass. So this game is where Philip either leads this team to victory or goes down with the ship.

    I think he's gonna shread that secondary and LT will find success as a result.:icon_toast:
     
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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20061118-9999-1s18chargers.html

    Chargers' line goes from derision to precision

    Blocking triggers scoring outbursts
    By Kevin Acee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    November 18, 2006

    On the first two plays of a game two weeks ago – in the midst of one of the greatest stretches of offensive production in team history – the Chargers offensive line showed what it is and what it is capable of.

    On the initial play from scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns, tight ends Antonio Gates and Brandon Manumaleuna went in motion from right to left at the 20-yard line. Seconds later, LaDainian Tomlinson took a handoff from Philip Rivers and ran through a hole on the left side, created when the two tight ends pushed left, left tackle Marcus McNeill pushed right and left guard Kris Dielman threw a block 5 yards downfield. It was a simple 7-yard gain.

    On the next play, a pitch to Tomlinson, who ran right, every lineman except McNeill was at or outside the painted “30” when Tomlinson was brought down after another 4-yard run.

    The plays set the tempo for a game and illustrated a big reason the Chargers offense is riding a three-game stretch that has hardly ever been equaled in the franchise's 47 years.

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/features/briefingroom?playerId=9605

    Nov. 17 News:
    Cromartie was getting extra work fielding punts and kicks in practice Thursday, the North County Times writes.

    Scouts Take:
    Cromartie is more of a kick returner than a punt return man. Their staff would have to show a lot of confidence to use him as a punt return man in a game of this magnitude on the road. The No. 1 option is Eric Parker, but if he can't go this week, look for Keenan McCardell to handle the PR duties this week.
     
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    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601079&sid=a2KnMKYgD2TA&refer=home

    Another good read .......

    Chargers' Tomlinson Takes Record Touchdown Blitz Into Denver

    By Erik Matuszewski

    Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- LaDainian Tomlinson's run to the record books will be challenged this week by the National Football League's stingiest defense.

    The San Diego Chargers' Pro Bowl running back leads the league with 18 touchdowns and has reached the end zone 15 times in his past five games, breaking the 48-year-old mark held by Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

    Tomlinson takes his pursuit of the single-season touchdown record of 28 to Denver, where the Chargers and Broncos meet for first place in their division. Waiting for him will be a Broncos' defense that's surrendered just two rushing scores in nine games, the fewest in the NFL.

    ...............click on the ....ahhh you know........
     
  18. Trumpet_Man

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    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/nfl/article/0,2777,DRMN_23918_5153872,00.html

    Broncos-Chargers scouting report
    By Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
    November 18, 2006

    • The skinny: The Broncos have been productive for the most part in the run game this season. It's just that "productive" and "for the most part" won't be good enough in this one. They have to hold the ball and move the chains and they have to do it from the opening play until the last one. They have had trouble in the past getting nose tackle Jamal Williams out of the gaps. Chargers linebacker Steve Foley, out for the season after being shot by an off-duty policeman during the preseason, is a big loss.

    • It's a fact: Only three teams have topped 100 rushing yards against the Chargers this season - Kansas City (134), St. Louis (101) and Cincinnati (128) - and Larry Johnson is the only back to have surpassed 100 yards.

    When the Broncos pass the ball

    • The skinny: There are plays to be made down the field if the offense can keep San Diego's front seven from hitting the quarterback. The Chargers are coming off a game in which Carson Palmer threw for 440 yards. Many personnel executives believe without Shawne Merriman in the pass rush - he's serving a four-game suspension - teams will be able to look downfield long enough to attack the Chargers secondary.

    • It's a fact: The Broncos' three best passing days of the season - at New England, at Pittsburgh and at Oakland - came against defenses ranked Nos. 9, 11 and 7 overall.

    When the Chargers run the ball

    • The skinny: Recent history says the Broncos will play well on their home field against the Chargers run game. But San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson is on a historical roll - 15 touchdowns during the last five games - and the Chargers have dominated up front, even with a rookie, Marcus McNeill, starting at left tackle. Tomlinson needs 68 yards to reach 1,000. Six times this season the Chargers have rushed at least 30 times in a game, and at least 35 times four times.

    It's a fact: Tomlinson has rushed for at least 100 yards in three consecutive games. He never has had four consecutive 100-yard games.

    When the Chargers pass the ball

    • The skinny: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was supposed to be the team's big question mark this season. But he has been composed, efficient and avoided game-changing mistakes. He also sees the whole field and spreads around the ball. The Chargers got a boost last week when Malcolm Floyd filled in for an injured Eric Parker (neck) and recorded his first career 100-yard game, including a career-long 46-yard catch.

    • It's a fact: Five Chargers players have caught at least two touchdown passes this season.

    Special teams

    • The skinny: This continues to be a sore spot for the Broncos and at some point it will cost them a game if they don't iron it out. It has been the return game at times, the coverage units at other times and last week punter, Paul Ernster struggled mightily in Oakland. The Chargers are consistent in the kicking game and running back Michael Turner has had some impact as a kickoff returner, including a 51-yarder.

    • It's a fact: Opponents have had almost as many fair catches (nine) as returns (13) against Chargers punter Mike Scifres this season.

    Intangibles

    • The skinny: Big game, big crowd, big TV audience. What's not to like about a prime-time matchup for first place? The Broncos have been better in the big games this season and they're certainly good enough to win this one. But the run game of late is cause for concern, and if they let Rivers stand in the pocket and look around, it could be a long evening.

    Jeff Legwold's prediction: Chargers 27-23

    The facts

    • The records: The Broncos are 7-2; the Chargers are 7-2.

    • The series: The Broncos lead 52-39-1.

    • The previous meeting: The Broncos won 23-7 on Dec. 31 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

    • TV/radio: KUSA-Channel 9; KOA-AM (850), KBNO-AM (1280-Spanish).

    • Who's favored: Broncos by 2 1/2.

    • Broncos injuries: Questionable: LB Ian Gold (hamstring), DE Ebenezer Ekuban (thigh), LB Patrick Chukwurah (hamstring), TE Stephen Alexander (thumb) and RB Tatum Bell (toe). Probable: RB Cedric Cobbs (ankle), RB Kyle Johnson (ankle) and LB Al Wilson (thumb).

    • Chargers: injuries: Questionable: C Nick Hardwick (ankle), WR Malcom Floyd (ankle), DE Luis Castillo (ankle) and WR Eric Parker (neck). Probable: S Bhawoh Jue (knee).
     
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    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/sports_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_83_5153586,00.html

    Lincicome: Chargers should be clueless come bedtime on Sunday
    November 17, 2006

    For a football game as big as the Broncos and Chargers, you look for clues wherever they may be hiding.

    The Broncos are not only unruffled in games which Jake Plummer has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, but they are getting used to it.

    The Broncos have never beaten the Chargers when Marty Schottenheimer has allowed someone else to coach the offense.

    The Broncos have never lost a flexible schedule football game or a variable agenda football game or a capricious arrangement football game, but they have always shown up early.

    When Rod Smith was the primary Broncos receiver, all of us were much younger.

    The Broncos are scoreless in first quarters when Mike Shanahan's scripted plays are not written in crayon.

    Champ Bailey looks at first-year starting quarterbacks like San Diego's Philip Rivers and rubs his tummy.

    The Chargers do not have the other team exactly where they want them when trailing 28-0 at the half unless the other team is Cincinnati.

    The Broncos are unbeaten in games when Kenard Lang has politely asked officials to consider suggesting to offensive linemen that they refrain from grabbing him on every play or else he will tear off their fingers and serve them as cocktail weenies.

    Not even once during disputed calls have officials been surprised to see the instant replay interrupted by a commercial of Peyton Manning selling something.

    The Chargers are unbeaten whenever LaDainian Tomlinson says so.

    The Broncos have never won following a pregame meal at which defensive coordinator Larry Coyer was allowed to order the wine.

    Celebrating touchdowns with chest bumps is a taste seldom acquired by owners.

    The Chargers have not won at Denver in any year starting with the number 2.

    More often than not, the team that punts first kicks off to start the second half.

    Rivers has thrown just as many interceptions in half a season as Plummer has in half a game.

    The Broncos have never played a game about which Tom Nalen gave an opinion.

    San Diego leads the league in scoring, which means that Schottenheimer has found Don Coryell's old playbook.

    The Broncos still win when Al Wilson makes more noise than the crowd at Invesco Field.

    Whenever Tomlinson has scored one more touchdown (18) than the entire Broncos team (17), no one is in the least surprised.

    The Broncos have never lost a Sunday night game with Jason Elam as John Madden's favorite player.

    The Broncos lead the league in fewest points allowed, the Chargers lead the league in most points scored, and that and $2.95 will get you a fish taco with secret sauce.

    The Broncos have never been concerned if John Lynch can spell chrysanthemum.

    The game is over when Elvis Dumervil has left the building.

    The fact that Schottenheimer has lost one fewer playoff games (12) than Mike Shanahan has coached isn't even a good bar bet.

    Of the two big football games this weekend, Ohio State-Michigan comes in the larger box.

    When the Broncos and the Chargers are both 7-2, Al Davis fires somebody.

    The only sound still heard about the draft-day trade of Eli Manning for Rivers is the Chargers laughing last. ............CLICK ON LINK 4 MORE
     
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    It's amazing how all the Denver media outlets are picking the Bolts. It seems that the closer you scrutinize this Donks team, the more problems you see.
     
  21. tboltzcali

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    I would love to see cromart return 2 in the mile high city. Its been along time since we had a threat back there...not since.....andre coleman in 94'.
     
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    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/nfl/article/0,2777,DRMN_23918_5154015,00.html

    Broncos at top, bottom of game
    Denver is tending to play at level of its competition

    By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News
    November 18, 2006

    ENGLEWOOD - There's an old Seinfeld episode that features a down-and-out George Costanza trying to change his fortunes by going against all instincts and doing the opposite of what appears to make the most sense. It ends up working.

    The Broncos offense apparently has instituted a similar approach this season.

    While the team's defense has taken care of business against opponents with losing records, mainly in convincing fashion, then watched the statistics predictably decline against playoff- caliber opponents, the offense inexplicably has gone the other direction.

    Bad teams have brought out the worst in the offense, while it has shown its best side against better teams.

    "For whatever reason, that's been correct this season," tight end Stephen Alexander said. "You look at the games we've played well, it's been against the teams that are good. I don't know if we're a little more focused those weeks, but my personal way I prepare, I don't go into any week thinking it's going to be easy or we'll blow these guys out."

    So there haven't been any letdowns as the Broncos have scored virtually the same number of points against lower-rung opponents (17.5) as those in the postseason hunt (17.6).

    But a deeper look shows first downs, third-down percentage, total yards, yards per play, rushing yards, passing yards, touchdowns and red-zone success are lower against the five teams the Broncos have faced that are below .500.

    The only categories that are higher: fumbles and interceptions, along with a slight uptick in completion percentage.

    "It's just the way the wind blows sometimes," tight end Nate Jackson said.

    The Broncos can only hope the forecast calls for strong gusts Sunday against the San Diego Chargers (6:15 p.m., Invesco Field at Mile High, KUSA-Channel 9) in a battle for first place in the AFC West between 7-2 teams.

    They'd prefer sharpness over good fortune any day.

    "I don't know, man," quarterback Jake Plummer said about the apparent discrepancy in sharpness based on an opponent's record. "It may go back to knowing we've got to play good and there's no room for error, where with some teams you do have that room. And we've overcome them.

    We've been lucky.

    "We have a great defense to kind of carry us through those little lulls. But we know if we want to do what we want to accomplish, we're going to have to start doing it consistently, whether they're 7-2 or 2-7."

    The Broncos defense has picked up the slack, preying on the weak. Thirteen of 18 takeaways have come against sub-.500 teams, as have 19 of 22 sacks. Two of four touchdown drives in those games have traveled fewer than 20 yards. ....CLICK ON LINK 4 MORE - GOOD READ !!!
     
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    http://www.longmontfyi.com/sports-story.asp?id=11260

    Publish Date: 11/18/2006

    San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has put up impressive numbers in his first year at the helm. Last week, he led the Chargers to a 42-point second half to beat Cincinnati.AP photo/Chris Park

    Rivers the next-best thing
    Quarterback showing poise in first season as Chargers starter

    By Bill Wilson
    The Daily Times-Call

    ENGLEWOOD — Last month, Peyton Manning came into Denver and turned Invesco Field into his personal cutting board.

    The Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw seven incomplete passes in 39 attempts, amassing 345 yards and three touchdowns. When he was finished, the stout Broncos defense was nothing but gristle and bone.

    The Broncos won’t have to deal with Manning again this regular season. But according to them, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers — who started his first NFL game in September — is the next most dangerous thing.

    “I really believe he’s the second-best quarterback in the league,” Denver defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. “No B.S. This guy is good.”

    The Chargers’ decision to release starter Drew Brees and put the team in the hands of an unproven 24-year-old out of North Carolina State raised eyebrows. But midway through his first season at the helm, Rivers has done nothing but impress.

    In nine games, Rivers has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,085 yards. He’s also thrown 13 touchdowns to three interceptions. His passer rating is an excellent 100.4.

    He’s also shown both poise and fire. Last week, he generated 42 second-half points to lead the Chargers out of a 21-point hole against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    “The one thing that you would say about him is that he understands football,” Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said. “It makes sense to him, and he’s shown an ability to be a good decision maker.

    “And he has the ability to make the throws he needs to make.”

    The Broncos got an early look at Rivers last year, when he played the second half of the teams’ regular-season finale in the place of the injured Brees. Although he wasn’t dazzling in the performance, he left an impression on the Denver players.

    “You could just tell that with time and preparation, this guy is going to be good,” cornerback Champ Bailey said.

    Safety Nick Ferguson said Rivers is “growing up pretty fast.”

    “It’s a little early to compare him to the likes of Manning,” he said. “But he wants to step out of the shadow of Drew Brees, and he’s done that so far this season.”

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    wow trumpy, your the human newspaper.
     
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    :icon_mrgreen: - I did not want to start a new thread and just jammed all the articles in here. :icon_banana:
     
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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/nfl/20061118-9999-1s18bailey.html

    What's in a nickname?

    Perfect appropriateness for Broncos' Roland Bailey
    By Jerry Magee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    November 18, 2006

    They call him “Champ,” and they do well to call him “Champ,” who for eight seasons has positioned himself so strongly in NFL secondaries.

    One problem. It isn't his given name. On his birth certificate, it reads “Roland Bailey.”

    Doesn't have quite the same ring as Champ Bailey, does it?

    His mother must have recognized this. The Denver Broncos cornerback said when he was 2 and growing up in Folkston, Ga., his mother began addressing him as Champ.

    “I don't know what started it, but she takes all the credit for naming me Champ,” Bailey said. “She just remembers that they started calling me Champ and it just stuck.”

    Besides, having two Rolands in the household would have been confusing. “I'm a junior,” Bailey said. “Can't walk around the house with my dad being called Roland and me being called Roland.”

    By any name, Bailey is a champion. As the Broncos await tomorrow's kickoff against the Chargers at Invesco Field, Bailey's name is coming up as a possible NFL MVP.

    “He's the best (cornerback) I've been around, and I've seen some good ones,” Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. “He's a complete player. He takes pride in pass defense; he takes pride in supporting the run.

    “Sometimes, you get corners who are one-dimensional. He studies the game. He knows what is going to happen before it happens. He can anticipate. He's a special guy.”

    Only the most accomplished cornermen are assigned to cover a rival receiver no matter where he might line up. Bailey does this. Last week, he went one-on-one all over the field against the Oakland Raiders' Randy Moss. Moss had one reception for 8 yards.

    Which brings up what is an intriguing aspect of the Broncos-Chargers match. Will Shanahan have Bailey policing a particular receiver? Keenan McCardell, say? Or will he leave Bailey at left corner opposite Darrent Williams, a second-year cornerman from Oklahoma State who is only 5 feet 8?

    Bailey isn't saying how he expects to be used against McCardell, Eric Parker (if he is available), Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd. He does express his respect for the San Diego receivers.

    “They have guys who know how to run routes, know how to get open, and they have a quarterback who can get them the ball,” he said. “I've played against guys faster and quicker, but they didn't have the luxury of a good quarterback. These guys have that, and they have the ability to get open as well. It's a double threat: good quarterback, good receivers.”......click on it for more
     
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    Will the San Diego Chargers extend their winning streak to four games while establishing their superiority in the AFC West by ending a six-game losing streak at Denver?

    Yes.


    It's hard to believe that LaDainian Tomlinson could continue his amazing pace of multiple-touchdown games. It's even harder to believe that he can do so against a defense that shut him down in the Broncos' sweep of the Chargers last season. But he can and he will. Tomlinson is thriving from his own ability to maximize his amazing combination of speed and explosiveness, along with the best instincts and field vision of any running back to play the game in recent history. But he also is getting a great deal of help from an offensive line that is not receiving nearly enough credit for its efforts. It is that line that should be able to prevent the talented Broncos defensive front from getting the penetration necessary to at least force Tomlinson to hesitate, if not run sideways.

    The Broncos held LaDainian Tomlinson to 144 rushing yards over two games last season, but this matchup should be different.
    Although the Chargers are again without suspended linebacker Shawne Merriman and will probably be without end Luis Castillo (ankle), they still are capable of utilizing considerable speed to put pressure on Jake Plummer. The Chargers will be mindful not to allow Plummer to make plays on the run, when he is at his best, and will count on talented nose tackle Jamal Williams to collapse the front of the pocket and prevent Plummer from being able to comfortably step into his throws.

    The Chargers have a blossoming star in Philip Rivers, whose performance in San Diego's amazing second-half comeback against Cincinnati in Week 10 could very well be the launching pad of one of the league's great quarterbacking careers. Rivers faces a tremendous challenge against Champ Bailey, who is capable of eliminating the impact of any receiver he covers. Still, when the Broncos aren't focused on stopping Tomlinson, they will likely concentrate on shutting down tight end Antonio Gates with double coverage. Consequently, Rivers is assured of finding two or more of his receivers -- Eric Parker, Keenan McCardell and Malcolm Floyd -- involved in one-on-one coverage.
     
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    Can someone tell me whatever happened to “Martyball”? The San Diego Chargers lead the NFL in scoring with 297 points in 9 games. That projects to 528 points for a full season. That hardly calls to mind an offense focused on three yards and a cloud of dust…

    Can someone tell me what happened to home field advantage in the NFL? It’s mid-November and only Indy and San Diego remain undefeated at home. The Pats have already lost three times at home this year. Home teams are only 81-63 this season, which is a winning percentage of 56%; there have been seasons where that figure was north of 60%.
     
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    Chasing his idols
    NFL history buff Tomlinson emulates heroes Payton, Brown

    Don Pierson
    On Pro Football

    November 19, 2006

    The best thing about LaDainian Tomlinson is he appreciates history while he's making it. This is unusual for any modern athlete, but San Diego's running back is unusual in many ways. His coach, Marty Schottenheimer, calls him the best football player he ever has seen and Schottenheimer knows history too.

    "The more I was around him, the more I became convinced he is the best I've ever seen," Schottenheimer said. "My timeline goes back to probably Jim Brown. I imagine that there were some terrific backs before that, but Jim Brown was the guy I always viewed as being the best all time. Certainly, you can make an argument for it either way. LaDainian brings just versatility to everything that we do because he can run, catch and throw it. He is a good pass protector. He is really the complete running back."

    In that respect, Tomlinson would be more like Walter Payton than Brown, because Payton did more things better than Brown, who was the better runner but never was asked to block or catch like Payton. And Tomlinson credits Payton as being a big influence.

    "He was the reason I wanted to play running back, and so seeing him at an early age, I think I was 5 years old or something, there was something about him that I was drawn to," Tomlinson said. "Walter was able to do anything you asked him to do on the field. He played the game so unselfishly. When he ran the football, you obviously knew how special he was, but even when he blocked, when he caught the football, even seeing him throwing the football, that's what made him such a special player."

    Tomlinson was only 6 when the Bears played in Super Bowl XX. Tomlinson says he remembers when Payton didn't score in the 46-10 rout over New England because coach Mike Ditka allowed defensive tackle William Perry to score instead, an oversight Ditka himself later regretted.

    "Of course," Tomlinson said when asked if he was upset about the snub. "As a kid, as your idol, you want him to score a touchdown. It's the Super Bowl. Everybody is watching the game, and I definitely wanted him to score a touchdown.

    "I tried to pattern my game the same way, saying, 'That's the way you play football.' I'm a running back, but yet still I can do anything that a coach asks me to do out on the football field."

    Brown retired 13 years before Tomlinson was born, but L.T. knows about him too.

    "I admire runners because that's what I do and I think there's an art to it," Tomlinson said. "There are no two runners that are alike, pretty much. Every guy has his own style. Some stick out more than others. Jim Brown was obviously a guy who really stuck out, not only because of his size and strength, but the way he was able to move just because he is a big guy. He was able to move in and out of the hole, cutting, and it was just awesome to see him run."

    Tomlinson just broke Brown's five-game record of 14 touchdowns by scoring 15. Even if he doesn't score Sunday night in Denver, he would share the six-game record with Brown (1958) and Jerry Rice (1987).

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