November 12, 2008

Charging On With The Week...


Well, I'm over talking about the same shit. I refuse to beat a dead horse. Even if that dead horse is Ben Roethlisberger.

Instead, why don't we talk about the San Diego Super Chargers.

When I think about these guys, the first thing that comes to mind is Ladainian Tomlinson. Actually, the first thing that really comes to mind is Silverback hurdling LT.

But after LT, I think about Antonio Gates, Darren Sproles, and I guess, Philip Rivers. LT, obviously a force, off year or not. Just like Peyton Manning, I refuse to ever take LT lightly. Gates is pretty much a guaranteed threat. Philip Rivers is eh, decent I guess, and Sproles may seem a little odd, but hear me out (below).

Oh, they've also got Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson, you say? Big deal, man. Neither of those dudes scare me. Although I gotta say, with Vincent Jackson coming in at 6'5", it might be a pretty tough day for the 6'2" Ike Taylor. But really it shouldn't matter because I don't even want to see Philip Rivers release a football. Can't throw if someone's already knocked you on your ass, can you?

Anyways, it's going to sound weird, but I'm actually a little worried about Darren Sproles. Just think about how much trouble the Steelers have traditionally had with Maurice Jones-Drew, this season's game notwithstanding. On kicks or just running the ball, Jones-Drew has torched us both ways. And Sproles is probably faster than Jones-Drew (although not according to their respective 40 times at their respective Combines). So especially on kick offs, but also catching the ball out of the backfield and/or picking up a carry here and there, I'm not altogether convinced that Sproles isn't someone who could give us a hard time.

Of course, LT is pretty much the beginning and the end for the Chargers. So we're more likely to see his visored head coming at us. The good news there is, in his last three games against us, he hasn't cracked 100 yards yet. He's come real close once, with 91 yards and 2 TDs back in 2003. And this year, he's only surpassed the century mark twice - against the Raiders and Saints...not exactly the league's top Defenses. So maybe that's a good sign for us?

But, here's the deal. Ok, I know we don't have a whole lot to be confident in, this team is awful, blah blah blah, whatever. The fact is the Steelers stars are still the Steelers stars and thus have an ever-present potential to destroy an opponent. And the Chargers should be no exception. They're 4-5. But they're a weak 4-5. Their four wins came from games against the Jets, the Raiders, the Patriots and most recently, the Chiefs (who I don't need to remind you they almost lost to). And they're giving up an average of about 24 points per game. So I'm a little apprehensive about starting to shit myself in fear just yet.

Then again, most of this current Steelers team has only played the Chargers twice in the past four seasons. As a result, I doubt we have that much familiarity with them, which could make them dangerous...ish. And of course, there's also Bruce Arians...

Chargers, anyone? Win or Loss?

And here's one more, because I can...

7 comments:

matt said...

superb photoshops

I think we edge out a win.

You have to think the Defense may tire a bit as the season goes on. They are playing out of their minds.

I'd like Rivers to be hit a lot & try to neutralize Gates.

Sheena Beaston said...

We're getting The Wood back for the game, no?

I'd like to think he'll have an impact that will reverberate through River's spine.

And I totally heart Silverback's butt in that leaping lord photo.

Vern said...

Rivers may not inspire too much fear, but he is second in the NFL this season in passer rating and leads the league in TDs. With that shoddy receiving corps, no less.

Cotter said...

matt ~ Thanks for the photoshop love! And yeah, Gates I think should be Public Enemy #2 after LT. He's already snagged 6 TD catches from Rivers to lead the Chargers. So the WRs are certainly not to be overlooked (Chambers has 5 TD catches). But I think Gates is a bigger concern. Who's going to cover him?

sheena ~ Yeah, I believe they said he SHOULD play Sunday, which will definitely help put more heat on Rivers. Also, I totally heart Silverback's butt in that pic too...I mean, all heterosexual today...

vern ~ Yeah, no Rivers certainly isn't on the level of JT O'Sullivan or anything. But QB Rating is kind of a garbage stat. And as for the TDs, that's certainly an accomplishment, and something to watch. I just feel like I've seen him get rattled enough in the past that he won't be that effective against us. Nahmeen? Then again, maybe that makes me too much of a homer. I dunno.

tiny350Z said...

The best passing defense San Diego has played this year is Carolina. Rivers was able to put up 217 yards against them.
I'm interested to see how San Diego's defense will be playing under Ron Rivera... KC was still able to rack up a pretty decent amount of yardage last week..
And agreed, wonderful photoshops...

Vern said...

I love the QB rating. I don't think it's a garbage stat at all. If you want to start a new blog called QB rating debates I will defend the QB rating TO THE DEATH. THE DEATH!

domski43 said...

the chargers scare me because although they have been sub-par this year they still have all the ingredients to all of a sudden turn it on.

with the ravens playing the giants (lets hope the g-men do not have a cleveland browns repeat) this is an excellent opportunity for the steelers to get back on top of the division.

this week's game will tell us alot about this steelers team. they cannot stand to lose two in a row.