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Club turns a page on turnover stats

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Everyone feels better, because the Chargers won.
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    [​IMG] <!---------- END BIGBOXAD ---------->But Philip Rivers knows what has to be fixed. He was still thinking about that second-quarter, across-the-body, right-to-Thomas Howard interception late on Sunday.
    “The game was close because of the silly turnover,” he said, shaking his head.
    Talk all you want about coaching decisions and missed tackles and lack of a pass rush, but turnover margin is the biggest factor in the Chargers' 1-3 start and the biggest factor in their two-game winning streak.
    “Absolutely,” Norv Turner said. “It always is.”
    Especially on this team, this season.
    The Chargers are 3-0 when they have won the turnover battle, 0-3 when they have given away more than taken away. In their three losses, they are minus-four in turnovers (8-4). In their three victories they are plus-seven (10-3).
    Moreover, rare has been the fruitless turnover. The Chargers have scored 24 points off turnovers in the past two games. Before that, the fortune was their opponents'.
    Through the first four games of the season, opponents had scored an astonishing 40 of their 102 points against the Chargers either directly off a turnover (one interception and one fumble return for a touchdown) or in the drive following a turnover (four field goals, two touchdowns).
    Oakland returned an interception for a touchdown Sunday, bringing the points off turnovers to 47 (of the 119 total the Chargers have allowed). That's fourth-most in the league, and a league-high 39.5 percent of total points allowed.
    Long drives

    The Chargers have scored on seven drives of at least 80 yards, fourth-most in the league. Their 17 scoring drives of 60-plus yards are fifth-most in the league.
    “To drive the ball over 80 yards – there aren't a lot of (those drives) in every season – we are physical and we can run the ball,” Turner said. “But we do have guys who make explosive plays. If you're going to drive the ball more than 80 yards, you have to have explosive plays – plays over 20 yards. We have that capability in the running game, and we have guys who can do that in the passing game.”
    LT back on top

    Wasn't it just two weeks ago that it seemed the reigning MVP was being made a non-factor? Well, with 198 yards on Sunday, LaDainian Tomlinson went from 10th in the AFC in rushing to first.
    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    [​IMG] Luis Castillo was announced yesterday as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 08 en Español, which will be released in December. [​IMG] The Chargers have scored on eight of their past nine drives to start halves.

    UT
     
  2. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    I really wish that Madden games were released in October, after the trade deadline. They would have fewer bugs, roster changes and a higher overall quality. Because of the crap product they have released these past few years (exclusive NFL licensed crap I might add) I will no longer be playing Madden NFL games.
     
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  3. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    Oh, and pull it together Rivers. We're counting on you.
     

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