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Brandt's 60-second previews: AFC

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    <strong>July 7, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/8625255">NFL.com</a>


    San Diego Chargers
    The Chargers will return all 22 starters from the 2004 team. The 2003 Chargers went 4-12 and had a minus-11 turnover ratio. The 2004 team went 12-4, was plus-15 in turnovers and outscored the 2003 team by 133 points. Due to injury, LaDainian Tomlinson's numbers were down from 2003, but in my estimation he is the most complete player in the NFL -- and he's only 26 years old. Drew Brees is coming off a breakthrough season in which he had 27 touchdown passes against seven interceptions, and a 104.8 passer rating. Antonio Gates set an NFL record for tight ends last season with 13 touchdown catches. San Diego's biggest loss from last season might be offensive line coach Hudson Houck, who went to Miami. However, the Chargers still have Cam Cameron (offense) and Wade Phillips (defense), who are among the best coordinators in the NFL. Not only will the Chargers play a first-place schedule, but six of their games will be played at 1 p.m. ET (that's 10 a.m. on the West Coast), and four of those games will be played on the East Coast (New England, Philadelphia, the Jets and Washington). The other two will be played in two of the loudest stadiums in the NFL -- Kansas City and Indianapolis. On the field, San Diego's biggest challenge will be to improve against the pass -- only Kansas City gave up more passing yards last season. The Chargers' first two draft picks last April were defensive linemen -- Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo.

    Predictions
    AFC playoff teams: Buffalo, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New England, Pittsburgh and San Diego

    Leading passer: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

    Leading rusher: LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego

    Receptions leader: Randy Moss, Oakland

    Rookies of the Year: Ronnie Brown, Miami; Mark Clayton, Baltimore

    AFC MVP: Tom Brady, New England
     

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