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What to watch for from the AFC teams in the postseason

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    4. San Diego Chargers

    • The Chargers are getting backup RB Darren Sproles more involved in the offense -- especially on passing downs. He routinely replaces LaDainian Tomlinson as a nickel receiver and is a real threat in space on dumpoffs and screens.

    • San Diego is now a pass-first, run-second offense. This is a new philosophy, but QB Philip Rivers may be the hottest quarterback in the league, while Tomlinson seems to be hesitant at times, and you get the feeling that he does not have great confidence in his blockers.

    5. Indianapolis Colts

    • Dallas Clark may be the toughest tight end to match up with in the league because of his versatility. When he flexes out to the slot, he is often matched up with a linebacker, and if he goes to the perimeter, it's likely he will draw a safety. These are both in Clark's favor. Plus, if you cover him with a corner out of a nickel or dime package, the Colts will have him line up on the line and run the ball. The Colts have an answer for any defense you want to use against Clark.

    • In recent weeks, defenses have decided to take away the deep routes and the sidelines against the Colts. They try to funnel everything inside, which is forcing QB Peyton Manning to throw a lot of short passes and dumpoffs. This isn't all bad because it aids a struggling run game, but this offense seems to lack explosiveness right now.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs2008/columns/story?columnist=horton_gary&id=3798486
     
  2. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    We seem to have been able to solve it before and espn seems to be a few weeks behind LT's return to his game.
     

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