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Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&page=/firstandten/week6&num=3" target="_blank">ESPN</a>

    By John Clayton

    5. San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders | Scouting report
    Like the Patriots, the schedule makers weren't kind to the Chargers. Where the league gave the Patriots an almost impossible opening schedule of non-divisional games against playoff-caliber teams, the Chargers have the challenge of facing extra-prepared teams. They are in the midst of playing four teams (Steelers, Raiders, Eagles and Jets) coming off the bye week in a five-game stretch. That creates two problems. First, the opponent has a chance to get rested and get healthier during that one-week break. Second, they have extra time to prepare for two tough offensive threats, halfback LaDainian Tomlinson and tight end Antonio Gates. The Chargers can't believe they're 2-3. They lost two close home games to the Cowboys and Steelers, making this game critical. The Raiders are rested but this is a team that needed to continue playing. They are still trying to find their identity on defense. They have become a Big Nickel team using a defensive back for a linebacker, and trying Charles Woodson more plays as a roaming safety. The strategy has stopped some of the bleeding on defense. After giving up 53 points in the first two games, the Raiders allowed 36 against the Eagles and Cowboys, which isn't bad. This game is a great rivalry and has great emotion, but the Chargers will challenge the Raiders secondary and see whether the corners and safeties will hold up.

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