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Separation Anxiety for the Bolts ?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20061108-9999-1s8chargers.html

    Separation anxiety

    The Chargers are in good shape at 6-2 but need to overcome three concerns to distance themselves from the rest of the league

    By Kevin Acee

    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    November 8, 2006

    The schedule ahead is difficult, at least more so than what the Chargers have endured to this point, halfway through the season with six wins and tied for the division lead.
    They are six points – not to mention one conservative second half and two turnovers – from a perfect record.

    To a man, they know they ought to be 8-0.

    “We let those two games get away,” fullback Lorenzo Neal said of losses at Baltimore and Kansas City. “We've got to find a way to get two games people don't know we're going to get. We let two games go people thought we should have won, and we thought we should have won. Now the pendulum has swung. We're going on the road for two weeks. And people are saying we're not going to win. We've got to reverse that these two games.”.................. Click on link for more
     
  2. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/11/08/sports/professional/chargers/19_54_0811_7_06.txt

    Chargers scouting report: Cincinnati Bengals

    By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

    KICKOFF: 10 a.m., Sunday - SERIES: Chargers lead the series, 17-11, counting the postseason. The two have met once in the playoffs, when the Bengals prevailed in the Freezer Bowl, the 1981 AFC title game which denied the Chargers their first trip to a Super Bowl.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Carlson Palmer

    The former USC Heisman Trophy winner is hoping this season doesn't turn into a bust. Bouncing back from a serious knee injury suffered in last season's playoffs, Carson has delivered an up-and-down season in his fourth year. He's completed 158-of-258 passes (61 percent) for 1,879 yards, 12 TDs and six INTs. Palmer's 89.3 rating places him ninth overall, but more telling are his struggles on third downs. Among the reason the Bengals' offense is producing uneven performances is Palmer's third-down rating of 66.7, which is 25th in the league. Half of the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Palmer's interceptions have come on third downs, which speaks also to protection breakdowns which have forced some hurried throws.

    OFFENSE

    RB Rudi Johnson leads the ground attack and with 629 yards he is AFC's fifth-leading rusher as he aims to become the first Bengal to win a rushing title. He has also added six TDs. But what concerns the Chargers most is a 1-2-3 wide receiving corps which is among the league's best. Chad Johnson is gunning for his fourth straight AFC receiving yards title ... something that has never been done. But he's a tad off his usual pace with 40 catches for 483 yards and just two TDs. T.J. Houshmandzadeh paces the Bengals with 488 receiving yards and five touchdown catches on 39 receptions. And Chris Henry is the third component as he has three TD catches on just 18 receptions. But the front line has had trouble keeping Palmer upright as it has allowed 23 sacks after giving up but 19 all of last year.............CLICK ON LINK FOR MORE
     
  3. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    PS ... JAY PARIS (the writer above) was at the SF tailgater by invite from SDRON. Nice guy and damn good writer !!!
     
  4. tboltzcali

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    I totally agreeeeee.. the key to this game is to force Palmer into untiming passes and dumb mistakes. If we keep him off balance, then we will win. Treat this like Payton Manning and his 3 receivers...Marvin, Wayne, Stokley. Need to be in his face all game.
     
  5. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    The starting Center and the starting left tackle are out for the Bengals. (I am licking my fan chops).

    Send the house and play a lot of Cover 3 & 4 (Cro, Flo, Jammer).

    I want to see MORE corner/safety combo blitzes !!!
     
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    Damn. I would have liked to meet him. I've had a few emails with Paris - all good, not like my emails to Canepa. :lol:
     
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    Our defense needs to keep up the work of those that came before them and dive at Palmer's knees when he tries to make a pass.

    Don't make contact with him, but the dives should rattle his brain enough so he's often throwing off balance.

    :yes:
     

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