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Chargers focused as Monday approaches

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Casey Pearce
    Posted Oct 17, 2009

    After a seemingly long layoff, the Chargers are ready to hit the field again, and they understand the importance of Monday’s Week 6 matchup with the Denver Broncos.

    The tag line of ESPN’s promotional campaign for Monday Night Football involves fans asking, “Is it Monday yet?” as they long for the game of the week to arrive. That’s a question the Chargers have been asking as well the last couple of days.

    “It’s been a long couple of weeks and we’re ready to get back on the field,” tight end Antonio Gates[​IMG] said.

    With the Chargers coming off their bye, two storylines for Monday’s AFC West showdown against Denver have been prevalent this week. The 5-0 Broncos are looking to take a commanding early lead of the division race, while the three-time defending AFC West champs will try to bounce back from a tough loss in Pittsburgh and keep pace.

    “We know it’s a very critical game for us,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson[​IMG] said. “It’s a division game and falling three games behind a division opponent is never good, so we need this game more than they do.”

    As the Chargers wrapped up their preparations for Denver on Saturday, the consensus was that their two weeks of practice were very good and Tomlinson likes the mental state of his team as they prepare for their first game in 15 days.

    “It’s a quiet confidence,” Tomlinson said. “It’s not being talked about a lot, but you look in every man’s eye in that locker room and you can just tell there something a little bit extra.”

    While the Chargers have moved away from their Week 4 loss in Pittsburgh, the extra time off has allowed conversation about the game to linger in the media. Regardless of how their last game played out, the Chargers still feel good about themselves as a team and are anxious for an opportunity to show that their performance against the Steelers doesn’t define them.

    “We have no reason not to be confident,” quarterback Philip Rivers[​IMG] said. “We didn’t play well in our last outing, but sitting at 2-2 with 12 to play, we know how big this one is. We’ve had a good off week and a good week of preparation. We’re ready.”

    Said linebacker Stephen Cooper[​IMG], “It’s football season, you’re going to win some and lose some. There will be ups and downs. This week we have a chance to get things going back in the right direction. We’re excited about that opportunity and we hope to make the most of it.”

    The Chargers expect to be as close to full strength as they’ve been since the season opener. Cooper practiced Saturday for the first time all week and is questionable, while linebacker Antwan Applewhite[​IMG] (hamstring) is out. Defensive tackle Travis Johnson[​IMG] is probable to return from a groin injury, and players like linebackers Shawne Merriman[​IMG] (groin) and Shaun Phillips[​IMG] (calf) have taken advantage of the extra time to get healthier.

    “Our guys will be ready to play,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “Our biggest issue was getting healthy and getting rested from the first month. I think we’ve accomplished that. I think we had good practice this week. I expect us to be ready to go on Monday night.”
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    I'm sincerely hoping that the Pittsburgh game was a wake-up call for some players. Monday night will tell a good deal about whether that embarrassment really sunk in or if these guys still think that talk can get the job done.
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Last 3 seasons the Chargers have played much better after the bye. So lets hope this too holds true.

    It would be sooo fuggin schaweet to hang the first L on Denver! :tup:
  4. RiversRules

    RiversRules BoltTalker

    Oct 10, 2009
    First loss, but also the first of two from us!!

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    You mean, they weren't focused before? :icon_eek: :icon_huh: :icon_shrug:

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