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CHARGERS: Season countdown

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

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    North County Times
    Friday, August 27, 2010

    Season countdown


    20 days until regular-season opener at Kansas City on Sept. 13.
    Three things to look for in Friday's exhibition at New Orleans:


    1. The starting defense, which has been the most impressive unit in training camp, will face its biggest challenge of the preseason against QB Drew Brees and a litany of skill players that comprised the NFL's No. 1 offense last season. The starters are expected to play three quarters, giving them experience in almost every situation. They only played 17 snaps last week against Dallas in a dominant performance. The Saints can do everything, especially in the passing game, so this will be a good test of the defense's progress.


    2. The spotlight never leaves the left tackle position. Each game is a proving ground for Brandyn Dombrowski, who's playing in the absence of holdout Marcus McNeill. He fared well in the first two games, but fans convinced that the team can't survive without McNeill are waiting for a slip-up to justify their beliefs. Another strong showing could further quiet the doubters.


    3. While the first team will play for an extended period, almost every defensive lineman with a shot to make the team will rotate in against the Saints' offense. How those players handle New Orleans' starters will go a long way in determining which ones will make the 53-man roster.


    Louisiana connections aplenty


    The Chargers have several ties to the state in which the game will take place. WR Josh Reed, WR Buster Davis, FB Jacob Hester and ILB Darry Beckwith attended LSU. WR Jeremy Williams played at Tulane, which is in New Orleans. P Mike Scifres is from Destrehan, La., a short drive west from the city.
     
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    What to look for: Chargers vs. Saints

    August, 27, 2010 By Bill Williamson
    ESPN


    Five things to look for in San Diego’s game at New Orleans on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET:

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    Philip Rivers:
    Rivers has been outstanding in two preseason game. He will likely get his most extensive work in what will be his final preseason action of the summer. His one blip was a red-zone interception last week. He needs to make sure he doesn’t duplicate that miscue.

    Ryan Mathews: The rookie running back has been terrific in his early preseason work. He is a tough, hard runner who has shown nice hands out of the backfield. It will be interesting to see what he can do in extensive game action.

    The offensive line: The unit has been decent, but not great. It needs to continue to work to become cohesive as left tackle Marcus McNeill’s holdout continues.

    The pass rush: The Chargers only had one sack against Dallas, which gave up six sacks to Oakland the week before. The Chargers need to continue to work on their pass rush as the season creeps closer.

    Run defense: The run defense was outstanding against Dallas. If the Chargers can continue this trend into the regular season, they will be in very good shape.
     

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