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Journalist Ranks Chargers as Best in AFC

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by NORV4LIFE, Nov 24, 2009.



    Oct 4, 2009

    National Football League
    Week 11 Checkdown: Saints, Colts no longer the NFL's best teams

    Vinnie Iyer

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    Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 - 12:15 a.m. ET

    Opening drive

    Although it's impressive that both the Saints and Colts are 10-0, it's not clear that those teams are the favorites in their conferences. That's because the recent play of two other strong Super Bowl contenders — the Vikings and Chargers — has stood out more.

    Why the Vikings are the NFC's best:

    1. A better defensive line. New Orleans has wilted against strong running teams, but the Vikings' Williams Wall continues to stuff ballcarriers. Then when opponents try to pass on Minnesota, Jared Allen cleans up the quarterbacks.
    2. A better lead back. The Saints' three-man committee has been effective, but it's hard to see their front seven containing Adrian Peterson in a playoff game, be it in the Superdome or Metrodome.
    3. An equally good QB. For as much attention Drew Brees receives, Brett Favre might be playing at a level we've never seen from him. It also should be remembered that Favre has won before on the biggest stage.

    Why the Chargers are the AFC's best

    1. A better running game. Both San Diego and Indianapolis feature mostly one-dimensional passing offenses, but it's the Chargers who have improved on the ground — see the 203 yards rushing Sunday at Denver.
    2. A better defensive bill of health. The teams each sustained a big loss — Chargers NT Jamal Williams, Colts S Bob Sanders — but San Diego is jelling into the better unit. The Colts' fill-in secondary doesn't match up well with Chargers' receivers.
    3. A better track record. In Spite of woes at the coaching job, the Chargers have won four of the last five games against the Colts, including playoff games the past two seasons. Philip Rivers also has the confidence to outduel Peyton Manning.

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