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    To kick it off..

    these guys at yahoo gave their opinion of who the 3rd most important player was behind LT and Manning..

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_yl...yhoo&type=lgns


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  • #2
    I would have said Marvin Harrison. The Chargers have to figure out who to take away, Harrison or Wayne. If the Chargers give more attention to Wayne, Harrison could make some big plays if he is 100%, but he could still be injured, or rusty and just not in synch with Manning. Cottrell also has to be aware of Dallas Clark in the red-zone. He needs to throw away the film from the last game because Harrison and Clark did not play.

    If the Chargers plan on winning, I think they need to establish the running game early (seems obvious). Indy is much improved on run defense, but they are still a very small defensive front seven and still only rank #15 in the league in run defense. LT and our beefy OL against their front seven should be advantage Chargers. If we do this, and can get a good amount of rushing yards in the first half, it will keep Indy's offense off of the field, and will force Dungy to play Bob Sanders closer and closer to the line of scrimmage. That could lead to Rivers catching them cheating up too much and burning them downfield.

    It'll also take a great team defensive performance to beat the Colts. In the games they lost this year (I'm not counting the Titans game) Indy only scored 20 and 21 points, including the fumble recovery in the Chargers game. I'm guessing that if Indy scores any more than 3 touchdowns, they'll win. What is on our side is that Peyton Manning historically struggles against a 3-4 defense and that was the common denominator in both losses this year. But all levels of the defense still need to be crisp. The corners need to disrupt the passing routes, the pass rushers need to win their 1 on 1 matchups and disciplined run defense needs to be played. Cooper did not have a good game in run defense against Tennessee. He missed several tackles.

    So, we'll see what happens. I think the Chargers are confident that they can win this game. I think getting the "first playoff win in 13 years" monkey off of their back was a big emotional barrier and it showed in the first half of Sunday's game. The second half was pretty encouraging, and they need to come out this weekend like it's the 5th quarter of the Titans game, running the ball well, playing defense, Rivers diagnosing and hitting open recievers.
    aka KGB Chicken

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    • #3
      I think I would go with Quentin Jammer. He has quietly had a very good year and will be very important with Marvin Harrison returning. If we see the old Harrison and Jammer can't get a good jam on him at the line it could be a long day. If Jammer can be physical with Harrison from the start it may be the best way to keep him and Manning from getting on the same page.

      I have a feeling we might be sandbagging Gates's situation a little. I think they might be trying to stunt the Colts game plan as much as possible. I could be way off here but something tells me Antonio will be out there come sunday.

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      • #4
        I have a feeling Gates won't be out there...it seems like a big deal, but I'd love to see him get over it and tough it out...

        I think if Marvin plays it could either be huge or awful for us. On one hand, it lets Jammer match up on him, and if you're physical with Harrison he tends to struggle, which is exactly what Jammer is. It also lets Cromartie go on Wayne, who is also a better matchup (assuming Harrison lines up on Peyton's right, and Wayne on Peyton's left) then Jammer would be on him.

        However, I don't think any one has conciously said, gee I hope Marvin Harrison plays for the Colts when we play them! Usually you don't want to see someone of Harrison's level out there...

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        • #5
          The only thing I know for sure is that outside of Charger fans I have not heard 1 person on the planet even admit that the Chargers have a chance this weekend.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KRS1 View Post
            The only thing I know for sure is that outside of Charger fans I have not heard 1 person on the planet even admit that the Chargers have a chance this weekend.
            Yeah, if you listen to some of the ESPN commentary, I get the feeling from alot of analysts that they think Jacksonville will keep it closer with New England than the Chargers will with Indy. And many folks are picking Seattle and/or New York to win this weekend, straight up. I think that Jacksonville should have lost that game against Pittsburgh... The Giants looked good, but they were probably playing the worst team in the playoffs.
            aka KGB Chicken

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KRS1 View Post
              The only thing I know for sure is that outside of Charger fans I have not heard 1 person on the planet even admit that the Chargers have a chance this weekend.
              We're playing a team we got lucky to beat, on the road. We are 4-4 on the road this year, and its been when rivers has played his absolute worst..

              We're not the 7-1 team when we travel... so its understandable i suppose


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              • #8
                Originally posted by KRS1 View Post
                The only thing I know for sure is that outside of Charger fans I have not heard 1 person on the planet even admit that the Chargers have a chance this weekend.
                funny sig also would have been better is your name was KRS-One!

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                • #9
                  horrible start so far


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                  • #10
                    The officials just screwed us at the end of the first half. It should be 14-10. No way in hell was that holding on Weddle.

                    Thanks to Bantx for the cool sig.
                    RIP SEAN TAYLOR #21

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                    • #11
                      ...I don't think there's really much to say, we're going to the AFC Championship Game...

                      Rivers did great, again minus one interception. The defense made the palys when they had to, and we did it all without LT for 3 quarters and barely having Gates. So much for Indy's injury argument.

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                      • #12
                        Congratulations guys! I hope you can knock off the Pats. They looked like the Chargers from last year. Good Game. Your defense played very well.

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                        Originally posted by killxswitch
                        Bill Polian is cancer wrapped in AIDS delivered in an XXL enema so please don't expect me to disagree with you.

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                        • #13
                          I just have to ask, would Marty Schottenheimer and Drew Brees have lead the Chargers to such a stirring playoff victory? Somehow in the back of my mind, I doubt it.
                          aka KGB Chicken

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                          • #14
                            Anyway, game balls go to -

                            Marcus McNeill: Dominated Robert Mathis.

                            Antonio Cromartie and Eric Weddle: the future of the secondary. Big INT's in big situations. Weddle was very good when matched up on Clark 1 on 1.

                            Darren Sproles and Michael Turner: Together they replaced LT's production and big play ability.

                            Wide Recievers: All of them. Played flawlessly today. Well, Davis is still kind of weak, I say make Naanee the third reciever.

                            Philip Rivers: Welcome to being a big time NFL QB.

                            Norv Turner: Great playcalling today. Great leadership.
                            aka KGB Chicken

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by San Diego Chicken View Post
                              I just have to ask, would Marty Schottenheimer and Drew Brees have lead the Chargers to such a stirring playoff victory? Somehow in the back of my mind, I doubt it.
                              With LT and Rivers out in the 4th quarter is there any chance we win with Marty? No way. What a game btw, we had a ton of injuries but had an excellent game plan by Turner and Cotrell that probably won it for us.

                              Thanks to Bantx for the cool sig.
                              RIP SEAN TAYLOR #21

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