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Matchup: New England at San Diego

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80b78ce3&template=without-video&confirm=true

    Matchup:
    Series leader:
    Patriots, 18-13-2, in a series that dates to the original season of the American Football League in 1960, when the Boston Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers split their season series.
    Streaks: The Patriots have won 11 of the past 13 matchups, including a 21-12 decision in the AFC Championship Game last season.

    Storyline:
    Two teams expected to contend for the AFC title are sitting in second place in their respective divisions. The Chargers could be in bigger trouble with a loss.

    Did You Know?:
    Including playoff games, the Patriots have won four consecutive games against the Chargers. ... Since 2003, the Patriots are 20-3 in October and are going for a 12th consecutive win in the month. ... Since 2006, the Chargers are 12-1 at home against AFC teams. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates averages 92.5 receiving yards in two career games against the Patriots.
     
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    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?game_id=29615&season=2008&displayPage=tab_gamecenter

    Last meeting
    The Patriots took advantage of an ailing Chargers team and advanced to Super Bowl XLII with a 21-12 victory in last season's AFC Championship Game.

    Streaks
    Thirteen of the last 15 matchups have gone New England's way and the Patriots have ousted the Chargers from the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. They own a 20-14-2 overall series edge. Check out the historical matchup of the last five games.

    Last week
    Matt Cassel discovered the deep ball, hooking up with Randy Moss on a 66-yard touchdown pass to lead the Patriots past the 49ers, 30-21. ... The Chargers could not get their offense going in Miami and they suffered a 17-10 defeat at the hands of the Dolphins.

    Keep your eye on ...
    The ultimate X-factor: While he has has been overshadowed by stars such as Tom Brady, Moss and Corey Dillon over the years, Kevin Faulk has been the one constant for the Patriots throughout their successful run this decade. With Brady out this season, Faulk has stepped it up again and had a career-high two touchdown runs last week.

    San Diego opening the Gates: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is coming off one of the worst games of his career. He had only one catch for 12 yards in the loss to Miami, but in two career matchups against the Patriots he has 185 receiving yards.

    The pick of destiny: In his last two games, Cassel has thrown three interceptions, while San Diego's Philip Rivers has been intercepted four times in his last four games. The Patriots and Chargers are tied for ninth with five defensive interceptions apiece.

    Did you know?
    Since 2003, the Patriots are 20-3 in October. ... After playing in San Francisco, New England decided to stay on the West Coast in the week leading up to their game in San Diego. ... When Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie picks off a pass, the Chargers are 7-0. ... Five of Chris Chambers' 11 catches this season have been for touchdowns.
     
  3. Concudan

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    NE Injuries:

    Player Injury
    E. Alexander (LB) Did Not Pract - Hamstring
    L. Jordan (RB) Did Not Pract - Calf
    K. Washington (WR) Did Not Pract - Hamstring
    L. Maroney (RB) Full Pract - Shoulder
     
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    SD injuries

    C. Chambers (WR) Did Not Pract - Ankle
    L. Tomlinson (RB) Did Not Pract - Toe
    J. Tucker (LB) Did Not Pract - Hamstring
    M. Tolbert (RB) Limited Pract - Ankle
     
  5. Concudan

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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8654758/Patriots-Chargers-Preview

    With their franchise quarterback out for the season, the New England Patriots have patched together a successful start to 2008.

    The San Diego Chargers have no such excuse, yet they own a losing record.
    To avoid falling into a deeper hole, the Chargers must try to beat a Patriots team looking for its second straight win in California when these traditional AFC powers meet on Sunday night.

    It's been a topsy-turvy start to the season in the AFC, where the Chargers, Patriots and Indianapolis Colts have combined for 11 division titles in the last four years. None of those elite teams currently leads its division, and only New England sports a winning record.

    The Patriots have managed to start 3-1 despite losing Tom Brady to a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of their Week 1 game against Kansas City. With backup Matt Cassel passing for a career-high 259 yards last Sunday, New England bounced back from a loss to Miami before its bye week, winning 30-21 at San Francisco.

    Randy Moss, who had only 47 receiving yards in his previous two games combined, exceeded that total on one play as Cassel hit the star wideout in stride for a 66-yard touchdown pass.

    "Being able to connect on that deep ball, I think it was good," Moss said. "That's something that we've been missing in our repertoire the past couple of weeks."

    Inconsistency continues to dog the Chargers (2-3), who are averaging 29.6 points to rank fourth in the league but have lost three games by a total of 10 points.

    Quarterback Phillip Rivers is second in the AFC with 11 touchdown passes, but he's struggled recently. Over the past two games, Rivers has completed less than 51 percent of his throws for a total of 339 yards with two TDs and two interceptions while getting sacked six times.

    San Diego recovered from a 2-3 start last season to win its second straight AFC West title, but the road appears tougher in 2008. After facing the Patriots, the Chargers travel to AFC East-leading Buffalo. Looming in two weeks is a trip to London to play the high-powered New Orleans Saints.

    "Make no mistake about it: This is a critical time for our football team," San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson said. "These next (three games) before the bye are very critical for us. To me, this is going to determine what type of team we're going to be this year."

    Slowed by an injury to his right big toe, Tomlinson has run for only 331 yards through five games after rushing for more than 1,400 in each of the last three seasons.

    He managed 35 yards on 12 carries last Sunday in a 17-10 road loss to the Dolphins and it was his third game this year without a touchdown, the same number of times that happened all of last season. Tomlinson had a chance to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but Miami's defense stopped him on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

    "We've been down this road and found a way to win these games in the second half," San Diego coach Norv Turner said. "But we weren't able to get it done (Sunday)."

    Now, the Chargers face the team that eliminated them from each of the last two postseasons, including a 21-12 loss at New England in the AFC championship game Jan. 20. The Patriots also beat the Chargers 38-14 at Foxboro in Week 2 of 2007, part of their 13-3 edge in the all-time series including playoffs. San Diego must defy that history if it hopes to avoid its worst start since opening 1-5 in 2003 en route to a 4-12 finish.

    "It's very critical, crucial, whatever you want to call it. To me, it's definitely a must-win for us," Tomlinson said.

    The Patriots have spent the entire week in California after beating the 49ers. Instead of flying back to the East Coast, New England practiced at San Jose State during the week before making the trip south to San Diego.

    "To play such a physical game, and a long and grinding game, and then have to fly back six hours to the East Coast, try to get yourself reacclimated and get some rest, then practice a few days and then fly right back, I thought that was the dumbest thing we could possibly do," veteran safety Rodney Harrison said. "It's really nice to be on a regular schedule. ... I'm 35 years old, so I need to feel as good as possible."

    The win at San Francisco marked the Patriots' 12th straight regular-season road victory since a 21-0 loss at Miami on Dec. 10, 2006.

    Cassel completed 22 of 32 passes against the 49ers, but also threw two interceptions and got sacked five times. A lack of mobility has plagued Cassel, who has been sacked 15 times - tied for third-most in the NFL.
     
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    Patriots at Chargers - Oct 12, 8:15 pm
    Teams Open VegasInsider ScoresAndOdds Sports SportsBook BetHollywood Over/Under
    Patriots +5.5 +6.0 +5.5 +5.5 +5.5 +5.5 44.5 ( -110.0 ) o
    Chargers -5.5 -6.0 -5.5 -5.5 -5.5 -5.5 44.5 ( -110.0 ) u
     
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    Philip needs a big game Sunday night!! :yes:
     
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    Man, what might've been :icon_sad: :unsure:
     
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    Faulk was big in that final drive in the AFCCG.
     
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    Bigger question... what Chargers team will show up?
     
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    Stink takes the Chargers 27-17 on NFL Matchups on ESPN.
     
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    Who's Stink?
     
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    Mark Schlereth
     

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