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Chargers to host Bears in opener

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    <!--ClickabilityRefresh=10m--><!--- SAFE:SafeMode --->By Jerry Magee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    March 27, 2007

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    PHOENIX – The Chargers against the Chicago Bears. Brother against brother and muscle against muscle. Coming to Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 9.
    The game is among eight, all on national television, the NFL yesterday said are to be played on this season's first weekend and on Thanksgiving.Ron Turner, brother of Chargers head coach Norv Turner, is the offensive coordinator of the Bears, at 13-3 the NFC's winningest team last season. At 14-2, the Chargers were the AFC's winningest team.

    The Bears, beaten by the Indianapolis Colts 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI, are considered one of the NFL's most physical teams. “They are a physical team,” Norv Turner said yesterday, “but from being around our guys so far and watching tapes, we're a real physical football team. It'll be a great matchup.”

    The Bears have a 5-4 advantage in their series against the Chargers. The teams last met in 2003 in Chicago, the Bears winning 20-7.

    Norv Turner said having to oppose the Bears in Week 1 does not necessarily mean his first training camp as Chargers coach will be more rigorous than it would have been with a less demanding opening opponent.
    “I think you have a plan for the preseason, no matter who you're opening with, but I think this adds a sense of excitement to your team,” Turner said. “Our guys will know we're playing one of the Super Bowl teams.”

    The NFL has established which teams are to play which teams as far into the future as 2009. As it has since 2004, the season is to begin on a Thursday evening, Sept. 6, with Indianapolis' Super Bowl champions hosting the New Orleans Saints on NBC, starting at 5:30 p.m. (PDT).

    Compensatory picks

    Also yesterday, the league officially announced what the Chargers had long assumed – that they will have an extra third-round and an extra fifth-round pick in April's draft.


    The league awards compensatory picks based on a formula that calculates teams' net losses in free agency from the previous year. In 2006, the Chargers lost Drew Brees, Reche Caldwell, Justin Peelle and Ben Leber to free agency.

    The Chargers do not pick until 30th in the first round but now have four picks between 30th and 96th. The Chargers' fifth-round pick is 172nd overall.

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20070327-9999-1s27chsked.html
     
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