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Chargers must go Air Coryell on the Bills

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Rivers, Chargers ready for long road trip


    "Come fly with me, come fly, come fly away …" That Frank Sinatra-Count Basie classic could be the theme song this week for the San Diego Chargers. With back-to-back games in Buffalo on Sunday and in London on Oct. 26, the Chargers are embarking on a grueling 11,235-mile journey. After playing the Bills, the Chargers board a plane Sunday night for a trans-Atlantic trip to play the Saints at Wembley Stadium. (Remember, last year's London-game teams were both from the East Coast: the Giants and Dolphins.)

    In all, the Chargers will be on the road 11 days. And San Diego is the third NFL team to try staying on the road -- with mixed success. Last month, the Arizona Cardinals had back-to-back East Coast games. They lost at the Redskins, then stayed and practiced in Virginia, hoping to save the wear and tear of another cross-country flight. That didn't work. The next Sunday at the Meadowlands, the Jets ran up and down the field on Arizona.

    The Patriots stayed in California after beating the 49ers, but that didn't help. Last Sunday, New England was blown out badly in San Diego.

    Due to a quirk in the NFL schedule this year, the AFC West is playing the AFC East. And the NFC West is playing the NFC East. So far, it hasn't worked out well for the road teams. The visitors in the series are 3-11, losing by a combined 12.5 points. Interestingly, the only three road wins were by East Coast teams traveling west: the Panthers won in San Diego, and the Eagles and the Patriots won in San Francisco. No West Coast team has won on the east yet this season.

    For San Diego, the X factor this Sunday is the play of quarterback Philip Rivers, who leads the NFL in passer rating (109.4) and the AFC in touchdown passes (14), and the Chargers offense, which leads the NFL in scoring (29.7 points a game).

    The Chargers' passing game presents serious matchup problems for the Bills' secondary. San Diego's receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd (both 6-foot-5) dominated the Patriots' secondary last week and could wreak havoc against Buffalo, which might still be missing corner Terrence McGee, who suffered an MCL sprain in Arizona.

    Don't be surprised if LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles see a lot of runs go nowhere -- as well as a couple of huge highlight plays. Buffalo's defensive line ranks third in the NFL stuffing opposing running backs at the line, but the Bills give up a lot of longer runs, and they rank 29th in the NFL against running backs in the passing game.

    Buffalo and San Diego share an interesting characteristic: improvement after halftime. So far in 2008, both teams are below average on both offense and defense in the first half of games … and then both teams are above average on both offense and defense in the second half.

    Making matters worse, the Chargers will be getting back receiver Chris Chambers, who torched the Bills for seven touchdown catches when he was in Miami.

    Moral of the story: To help deal with all that flying, the Chargers might have to go old-school Air Coryell on the Bills. " … Come fly with me, come fly, come fly away."
  2. ghost_

    ghost_ BoltTalker

    Apr 29, 2007
    thats Air Coryell 2.0:flag::tup:
  3. VikingBolt

    VikingBolt BoltTalker

    Oct 8, 2006
    Well then, that sounds like fate to me. Don't fight it, just go with the flow (fly).

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