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Lightning strikes

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2179550&num=2" target="_blank">ESPN</a>

    By Len Pasqurelli

    At 0-2, we said that the San Diego Chargers were still the most legitimate contender of the winless franchises in mid-September and, after two dominating victories in a row, it looks like that was the case. Nothing against the Giants, but it's one thing to take apart a young New York team, as the Chargers did last Sunday night. But a dismantling of the two-time defending Super Bowl champions, like San Diego accomplished with Sunday afternoon's 41-17 romp at Gillette Stadium, well, that's an eye-opener.

    Not surprisingly, the most obvious common denominator was tailback LaDainian Tomlinson, who rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and added 34 yards on three receptions. San Diego is getting back to what it does best offensively: get enough touches for Tomlinson, make sure tight end Antonio Gates is in the game plan and throw to the venerable wideout Keenan McCardell once in a while.

    Funny thing about McCardell but, even in his biggest seasons, he was never much of a touchdown-maker. Entering this season, his career rate was one touchdown every 14.2 receptions. Last year with the Chargers, McCardell scored only one time on 31 catches, and he has never had more than eight touchdown grabs in a season. But he scored on his lone reception Sunday, an 11-yarder, and now, at age 35, the wily McCardell has five touchdowns on just 18 catches this season.

    The San Diego offense, now that the coaches have decided to make Tomlinson the centerpiece again, is just getting warmed up. The Chargers have rung up 86 points in two weeks and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who travel to San Diego next Monday night, will clearly have their hands full trying to slow the runaway attack.

    As for the losers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon, well, we're not ready to conclude yet that the coaching genius of Bill Belichick might not be sufficient to compensate for all the adversity New England is now facing, but we might be close to penning the concession speech. Even the most well-stocked hardware store runs out of duct tape and baling wire every so often, and that might be the case for the heretofore resourceful Patriots. It's asking a lot to cut and paste the way Belichick and his staff did last season. Having to do it two years in a row simply might be too much. Certainly the schedule doesn't get any easier for the limping Pats, who now face consecutive road contests at Atlanta and Denver, two very difficult sites at which to come away with victories.

    By the way, the 41 points hung on the Patriots by the Chargers is the most permitted by New England since Atlanta scored 41 in a Nov. 8, 1998 game.

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