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Scouts Inc, Chargers v. Pack

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by AnteaterCharger, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Why To Watch
    The Packers didn't score an offensive touchdown in Week 1, but they are undefeated and soundly beat the Giants Sunday. Green Bay's defense has played very well now for two weeks in a row and is establishing themselves as one of the better defenses in the league.

    The Chargers are coming off a huge Sunday night loss in New England where they were outplayed from the start. San Diego's defense had no answer for Tom Brady and the Patriots' spread attack, while its offense was out of sync and continually struggled to move the ball. The Chargers players do not look as though they have adapted to Norv Turner and the new coaching staff. San Diego led the NFL in first-half scoring in 2006, but hasn't managed a first-half point this year.




    When the Chargers have the ball
    Rushing: Although he hasn't produced nearly at his usual level, LaDainian Tomlinson is obviously the center of San Diego's offense. He presents matchup problems for every defense the Chargers face. He can do it all, and do it extremely well.

    Green Bay may try to contain Tomlinson with only seven defenders in the box. While this sounds risky, Green Bay's front seven is a very impressive unit. However, it is paramount for the Packers to retain their gap integrity because Tomlinson can jump-cut on a dime and quickly attack against the grain.

    Green Bay's defensive ends have been exposing lanes with their eagerness to get to the passer, so the Chargers will pull their guards and try to run with a lot of power behind one of the toughest and most athletic offensive lines in the NFL. Accompanying its line, San Diego also has the luxury of having two outstanding peripheral blockers in FB Lorenzo Neal and TE Brandon Manumaleuna leading Tomlinson. The Chargers will often use Neal and Manumaleuna on the field with Tomlinson plus TE Antonio Gates and a wide receiver, which is a difficult personnel grouping to deal with because not only can they run the ball, but this grouping can also exploit a defense in the passing game.



    Passing: QB Philip Rivers struggled at the end of last season identifying blitzes and against a heavy rush in general. Green Bay can certainly get after the quarterback and may not have to blitz often to do so. Rivers is a very good rhythm passer, so getting him out of that rhythm is key. He has struggled to get into that rhythm so far this season and obviously looked frantic, lacked poise and was frustrated against New England.

    The Packers will predominantly play man-to-man on the outside, often leaving their outstanding cornerbacks alone with the Chargers' unproven wide receivers. This will allow Green Bay to focus more on Gates, who certainly demands extra attention. The Chargers use a lot of shifting and motion, especially with Gates and Tomlinson, because both players are capable of splitting out wide and abusing linebacker coverage. Green Bay will try to be physical with Gates at the line of scrimmage with a linebacker and then bracket him with a safety. Still, a player with Gates' vast abilities is very difficult to keep under wraps, particularly near the goal line. He is not a traditional tight end because he is used in so many ways and is capable of running wide receiver routes that no other tight end in the league can execute. Tomlinson will also be very difficult to slow as a pass catcher because the Packers' linebackers will not be able to matchup with him in man-to-man, even though they are athletic and active in coverage.

    LT Marcus McNeill is in just his second season.and is among the top left tackles in the league. He will face Cullen Jenkins and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who the Packers rotate in on throwing downs. McNeil should handle both of these players without help, although this is an excellent pair of edge defenders. On the other side, LDE Aaron Kampman has a distinct advantage against backup RT Jeromey Clary, who replaced Shane Olivea last week. Kampman is one of the most technically sound and relentless pass rushers in the game today.



    When the Packers have the ball
    Rushing: The Packers have not run the ball very well this year and should struggle in that department once again against the Chargers. They ran the ball only 16 times in Week 1 and were quick to abandon their ground game. Despite dominating the game in Week 2, Green Bay only managed 83 yards on the ground. The offensive line hasn't been up to par, but the running backs deserve most of the blame. Vernand Morency (knee) may not play, but DeShawn Wynn emerged as a potentially viable rushing option for the Packers last week and should shoulder at least half of the load. Brandon Jackson, who has been the starter, has done little to distinguish himself in his rookie season.

    C Scott Wells is active and mobile, making him a good fit in Green Bay's zone-blocking scheme. But he is undersized and gives up 53 pounds to Jamal Williams, the best nose tackle in the game. Wells will not have any success moving Williams off the line by himself, although Williams is battling a left elbow injury and might not be up to his usually dominating form. If Williams cannot play, the Packers' chances of running the ball successfully go up exponentially. Next to Williams, DE Luis Castillo is one of the most underrated players in the league today. He is a force against the run and pass and is very athletic for such a big man. Plus, he is such a fluid and explosive athlete. San Diego is an excellent tackling team that should be able to bottle up the Packers' rushing attack.



    Passing: Brett Favre's pension for throwing costly interceptions is well known, but he was very impressive last week by getting the ball out of his hand very quickly and decisively. The Packers will have to use more of their three-step game than they are accustomed to because San Diego's aggressive defense and blitz schemes will force Favre into difficult situations. And if Green Bay becomes one-dimensional, which is quite possible with their suspect ground game, they will be a lot of trouble in this matchup.

    Watch for overload blitzes from the Chargers, particularly from LB Shawne Merriman's side of the field. It isn't like Merriman needs the additional help, but the Chargers do a great job of moving him around more this year and putting him in position to make big plays. He could be the best pass-rusher in the league with his rare blend of aggression, quickness and power. Merriman will demand a double team when Green Bay decides to pass. Under new coordinator Ted Cottrell, the San Diego defense looks to be as aggressive as in previous years and he will not hesitate to really come after Favre. It will be up to Green Bay's running backs to do a better job with their blitz pickup if Favre is going to have to time to throw.

    Chargers CB Quentin Jammer, who is big and physical with very impressive all-around natural tools, came into his own last year. His route recognition improved dramatically in 2006 and he will probably draw the assignment of guarding WR Donald Driver. Driver is by far the most-dangerous receiving option on the Packers' roster, particularly if Greg Jennings (hamstring) is unavailable once again. Driver and Favre have an outstanding feel for one another because they have played together for a long time. Favre will look to Driver when he really needs a play, so we look for Green Bay to throw Driver plenty of slant routes behind San Diego's linebackers. Driver also has the ability to really get deep.



    Special Teams

    The edge in the kicking game goes to San Diego's Nate Kaeding over Green Bay's rookie kicker Mason Crosby. Crosby is unproven and has yet to show that he can be counted on to consistently make the big kick in the clutch.

    Charles Woodson is returning punts for the Packers. Ideally, they would not have their starting cornerback as the top punt returner, but Will Blackmon has a thumb injury, which makes catching punts difficult. However, Woodson is quite reliable. San Diego return men Michael Turner and Darren Sproles are dangerous, reliable and consistent. Overall, the Chargers have the special teams edge.
     
  2. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

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  3. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    Yeeeah! Jammers comin' for ya biatches!
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    just run a post pattern and jammer will be running the wrong direction :lol:
     
  5. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    This should be GB Offensive Strategy:

    1-10: Let yourself get sacked.
    2-20: Run a short play up the middle.
    3-15: Ok, here is the real fun.

    SD CBs will play 15 yrds off the ball so your WR can run wild off the line.
    Just do a pumpfake on a stutter stop and go.
    CBs will bite.
    Run the post.

    TD!!!
     
  6. CaliforniaCheez

    CaliforniaCheez BoltTalker

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    This will be an interesting test for both teams.

    If the Chargers drop to 1-2 it will take awhile for them to catch the Broncos. The Chargers will not be that far out if they get to .500 in week 4 against the Chiefs.

    This could be a big weekend for the Packers as the Bears plays the Cowboys and the Packers could be a game up in the common opponent tie breaker. Detroit has to visit Filthydelphia. There too the Packers can go up in the common games tiebreaker.
     
  7. Electric Chair

    Electric Chair Well-Known Member

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    Chargers stand no chance in this game. None. Why even make the trip?

    We should campaign the league office to see if we can just forfeit to save the travel time/energy so we can spend the extra week concentrating on KC.
     
  8. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Well the national media has to have someone to laugh at now that the Lions have gone and fuqued the whole season by winning two games...:icon_sad:
     
  9. CaliforniaCheez

    CaliforniaCheez BoltTalker

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    I think with the Packers receivers healthy enough to be playing Brett Favre will enjoy throwing against the Charger secondary.

    The Packers Defense can bottle up the Charger O.

    The key battle to the game will be Packer O against Charger D.
    The winner of that battle will win the game.
     

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