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San Diego at St. Louis Preview

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by sdbound, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    By Tony Moss,
    The Sports Network

    The St. Louis Rams will try to distance themselves from a shaky preseason opener on Saturday night, when they play host to the San Diego Chargers in the second August warm-up for each team.

    The Rams, led by embattled head coach Scott Linehan, were 34-13 losers in their preseason opener at the Tennessee Titans last Saturday night. St. Louis allowed 495 yards of total offense to the Titans - the highest total in the league during week 1 of the preseason - and their 34 points surrendered were tied for the highest mark in the NFL.

    The team, which finished 3-13 a year ago, allowed a whopping 340 rushing yards in the loss.

    Offensively, the Rams were without star running back Steven Jackson, who has not reported to training camp due to a contract dispute. Jackson is not expected to be in attendance on Saturday, meaning Antonio Pittman, Travis Minor, and Brian Leonard figure to do a bulk of the running.

    Pittman led St. Louis with 21 yards on six carries last week.

    Quarterback Marc Bulger, who could see more extensive time on Saturday, was 3- of-9 for 29 yards against the Titans, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Keith Bulluck.

    Making his Edward Jones Dome debut on Saturday will be No. 2 overall draft pick and defensive end Chris Long (Virginia), who did not have a tackle or sack in last Saturday's loss.

    While the Rams were struggling in their preseason lid-lifter, the Chargers were looking much sharper in a 31-17 win over the Cowboys.

    Quarterback Philip Rivers was a crisp 5-of-6 for 54 yards during his brief time in the lineup, and rookie running backs Jacob Hester and Marcus Thomas combined for 97 yards on 26 ground carries. Hester, a third-round pick out of LSU, also scored a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

    Starting running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who rarely plays in the preseason, is not expected to suit up for precautionary reasons against the Rams.

    On the injury front for the Bolts, tight end Antonio Gates (toe) remains out, and wideout Vincent Jackson (hamstring) and linebacker Shawne Merriman (knee) appear unlikely to play, but starting fullback Andrew Pinnock (knee) has a chance to see his first action of the preseason on Saturday.

    The Chargers lead the all-time preseason series with the Rams, 18-17, with San Diego breaking a deadlock in the series by virtue of a 30-13 road win prior to the 2007 campaign.
     
  2. Osmekaman

    Osmekaman BoltTalker

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    Prediction:
    Thomas to get over 100 yds as he gets a nice long look from the coaches.
    Tucker to run amok with 4 sacks.
    :yes:
     
  3. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

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    Last year's preseason game in St. Louis, Tyrone Gross suffered a leg injury and Brandon McKinney suffered an ankle injury.


    No matter what happens, I hope there are no injuries this time, to either team.
     
  4. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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  5. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    I don't think we'll lose this one. The Bolts played so well Saturday against a juggernaut like the Cowboys, how could we lose to a team like the Rams? We will probably allow the running game to do the bulk of the work and don't be surprised if Rivers doesn't take a snap. I'm looking forward to seeing the phenom, Chris Long, prove he's ready for the NFL and even more looking forward to the hit he'll take from Jacob Hester, the draft sleeper.
     
  6. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

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    The Rams won't have their best RB, Steven Jackson, even suited up, since he's still holding out.


    Their 4th round pick, CB Justin King, is on IR with a torn ligament in his big toe.
     
  7. Cheapseats

    Cheapseats Loud, proud Charger fan

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    If it was my team to coach, I would keep anybody with any kind of leg problem off of that turf just to play it safe. This would be a great opportunity to get a long look at several players, including Tucker and Applewhite with the #1 defense.
    Jamal would definitely get the night off as well. In the regular season this would be a Charger-induced beatdown, but a "meaningless" game on turf the score could be closer than we would like...but then again our number 2's and 3's may still rise up and thump the Rams.

    Evaluate the talent...don't get anybody hurt...and beat the Rams while you are at it.

    Go Chargers!!!

    :flag:
     
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  8. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    The second string will get it done. They are phenominal and most wouldn't be second string players on any other team. I'm confident we'll win this one. Maybe it will be close but Volek is a clutch player so it will be to our advantage.
     
  9. maestro876

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    The vibe from the coaches is that because of the injury danger, anyone who is the least bit dinged up will stay on the sidelines, and those starters who do play will get two series at most.
     
  10. WonderSlug

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    Yup. Remember, Volek led the team to a comeback win in last year's preseason game in Arizona. :tup:
     
  11. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    Prepare for the Jacob Hester, Billy Volek, and Darren Sproles Show! This Saturday, live from St. Louis. It should be good!
     
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    ...I actually think Tolbert, Pinnock (if healthy enough) Thomas, Floyd, Jones and maybe Osgood (if only to stop his crying) should start getting the most offensive reps. Hester, Sproles and Volek have already made this team. They'll need to start making crucial cuts soon and at least one WR and RB will probably have to go.
     
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    Take it from somwbody that saw St. Louis up close last week.................THEY ARE HORRIBLE!

    No O-Line, no D-Line, no LB play.......they may be the worst team in the NFL right now without Steven Jackson.

    They came down to practice the Titans for three days before the preseason game and apparently thought they were coming to a patty-cake contest. They found out about two plays into the first scrimmage last Wednesday the difference between an aggressive football team and whatever that is they are doing, LOL!!!

    As has been well-established on this board, the Titans hit everything that moves and STL looked like they had been in shorts all preseason in Wisconsin. It looked like one of those Kimbo Slice Youtube's.......it was that bad.

    They absolutely got PUNKED for three days, and then got lit up for 340 yards rushing Saturday Night. If you guys want to, you will score 40 against them even when doing your natural subbing. They are just a soft, soft football team.
     
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  14. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Thanks for the insight titanfan. I might lay $20 on the bolts at the sports book just for fun. :icon_banana:
     
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    ...Ahhh, another sportsbook devotee :lol: I absolutely cleaned up when I put money on Sheli's Gnats in the SB :tup: I still hate that weasely punk but the Gnats came through for nearly the entire nation that wonderful Sunday :tup:
     
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  16. Retired Catholic

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    They won't risk Pinnock on the turf. Sproles should have a field day. I wouldn't play VJ much, if at all at this point on this surface. Be a good day to test Buster, Kassim and Malcolm and to find out what Chandler can do. Tolbert, Hester and Thomas should all see plenty of action. Volek doesn't need much practice. I would like to see some extended Whitehurst play.Newberry should sit out, so we can get a good look at Withrow's improvement or lack. Winning this game is not the main priority. We should also get a good read on the young DB's and on Flash and Gregory.
     
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  17. WonderSlug

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    I'm not sure you'll see more than a handful of starters play, if at all.
     
  18. Buck Melanoma

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    Actually, the backups played better. And they're the only ones who need reps. The starters are damn well set, I'd say. :yes:

    Let Charlie get some time at QB - let's see if this kid can play or not.
     

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