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Chargers report: Inside slant

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Inside slant

    An encore, Chargers?
    The Chargers, fresh from their breakout showing in Denver, welcome the Oakland Raiders to San Diego on Sunday.
    In erasing a three-game losing streak last week, the Chargers looked the way everyone thought they would.
    But can they do it again and over the rest of a the season, starting this weekend against an improved Raiders team?
    An AFC West-leading Raiders team, we might add.
    The Chargers have pushed the Raiders around of late, but running back LaDainian Tomlinson said his film work has shown a team with a pulse.
    "They're back to playing the way they used to play when they went to the Super Bowl and whatever and they were really good," Tomlinson said. "What they did well is they knew what they did. They had a specific plan in place, and they executed their plan to perfection. They really didn't try to do anything special. You didn't have guys out there trying to do their own thing. They played as a team, and that's what I'm seeing on film. Those guys are playing as a team, and they play all the way through the game. They're in the game to win it."
    The Chargers were in this season to go to the Super Bowl. But after stumbling from the gate while losing three of their first four games, they seem to have righted themselves in Denver.
    The Raiders, though, are riding a wave of confidence. They have won two in a row after an 0-2 start, and they have enjoyed extra time to prepare following the bye.
    Chargers coach Norv Turner, though, believes his team is just scratching the surface.
    "I don't think we will play our best game for a long time," Turner said. "We will grow and play better as the year goes on."
    It didn't get off to such a great start. That's why Sunday's win in Denver was so important, but only if the Chargers can win this weekend at home against the Raiders.
    The Raiders will present a different set of problems.
    "They are one of the more improved teams in the league and are running the ball extremely well," said Turner, a one-time Raiders head coach. "It's a different group with five or six new starters than what our guys have played against. They're playing at a high level."
    The Chargers know the feeling.
    What will be interesting to see is if they can build on the confidence consumed in Denver or just look back on it wishfully.
    "We hung in there during the adversity," Turner said.
    Turner was referring to the Chargers' start. Come Sunday, they can begin to show their latest performance was no fluke.
    SERIES HISTORY
    95th meeting. The Raiders lead the series, 54-38-2, but the Chargers are closing fast in erasing that deficit, as they have won seven straight in the series. That's the longest stretch in the series history. Over that span, the Chargers have outscored the Raiders 195-83.
     
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    SERIES HISTORY
    95th meeting. The Raiders lead the series, 54-38-2, but the Chargers are closing fast in erasing that deficit, as they have won seven straight in the series. That's the longest stretch in the series history. Over that span, the Chargers have outscored the Raiders 195-83.

    Wow 195 - 83 :lol:

    It will be eight straight :abq2:
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  3. pgreenbe305

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    Now that's what I'm talking about... I'd be very surprised if it isn't 8 straight after Sunday, but let's have fun with the game.
     

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