|12-10-2006, 03:37 AM||#1|
...there ain't no devil
Join Date: Aug 2005
The big one: Chargers Ready for Denver
I can't wait for the crow to be eaten on "cold Pizza" et al on Monday morning...
Broncos QB Jay Cutler vs.
Chargers OLBs Shaun Phillips
and Shawne Merriman
The Matchup: If Jay Cutler thought he was in a tough situation when he made his debut at home against Seattle, wait until he makes his first start against a divisional opponent on the road. Phillips and Merriman will be ready to intimidate Cutler, who appeared overwhelmed against the Seahawks. If the offensive line can give him decent protection, Cutler can use his strong arm, quick release and smarts to solve the defense.
Merriman had a monster game against the Bills, returning to action with five tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He has a non-stop motor and has 10.5 sacks despite missing four games due to a suspension (substance abuse). Phillips has a great first step to the quarterback and also has 10.5 sacks.
Cutler -- 10-of-21 for 143 yards, 2 TDs, 2 interceptions.
Phillips -- 50 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries.
Merriman -- 37 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception.
Edge: Phillips and Merriman (huge).
Broncos WR Javon Walker vs. Chargers CB Quentin Jammer The Matchup: If the Broncos are going to do anything in the passing game, Walker must have a great game. He is certainly capable, having caught 6 passes for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Steelers in Week Nine and also running 72 yards for a score on a reverse. Walker has the speed to break long plays and can also run out of tackles. His route running has improved significantly throughout his career and he become reliable when he gets his hands on the ball.
Jammer is aptly named because he is a physical corner who will challenge receivers coming off the line with a well-placed redirection. He is a good tackler who has the athletic skills to make plays on the ball. He is also a bit of a gambler, so Walker may be able to get free if he can get off the line cleanly.
Walker -- 53 receptions for 871 yards, 6 TDs; 6 carries for 120 yards, 1 TD.
Jammer-- 52 tackles, 4 interceptions, 6 passes defensed.
Edge: Walker (slight).
Chargers RBs LaDainian Tomlinson
and Michael Turner vs. Broncos OLBs
Ian Gold and D.J. WilliamsThe Matchup: Gold and Williams are two of the fastest and most productive outside linebacker tandems in the league, but that didn’t stop Tomlinson from destroying the Broncos with four TDs (one as a receiver) in the first meeting between the two teams in Week 11.
Tomlinson combines toughness, agility, long speed and incredible desire every time he takes the field. He may be the best all-around player in the game since Walter Payton was in his prime and that comparison may shortchange Tomlinson.
Gold may be the fastest linebacker in the league and Williams is close behind. They have to punish Tomlinson every time they tackle him since backup RB Michael Turner may be less than 100 percent with a hamstring injury. He has missed the Chargers’ last two games.
Tomlinson -- 257 carries for 1,327 yards, 5.2 ypc, 23 TDs; 51 receptions for 470 yards, 3 TDs.
Turner -- 58 carries for 357 yards, 2 TDs.
Gold -- 63 tackles, 2 passes defensed.
Williams -- 57 tackles, 2 passes defensed.
Edge: Tomlinson (significant)
Chargers TE Antonio Gates
vs. Broncos SS Curome CoxThe Matchup: Gates has not been quite as productive as he was either of the last two years, but he is still a major threat and Rivers’ best receiver. He could play a huge role in this game, as the Broncos will try to stop him with their backup strong safety since starter Nick Ferguson is out with a knee injury. Gates has size, strength and surprising athleticism. He also uses his basketball experience to his advantage, as he knows how to box out in the red zone.
Cox has decent size for the position -- 6-1 and 206 -- but Gates has a significant advantage in that area since he checks in at 6-4 and 260. Shanahan may have to provide Cox with significant help in his effort to slow down the All-Pro tight end
Gates -- 57 receptions for 694 yards, 6 TDs.
Cox -- 18 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery.
Edge: Gates (huge).
Broncos RB Tatum Bell vs.
Chargers ILBs Randall Godfrey
and Donnie EdwardsThe Matchup: Bell has played with pain due to turf toe over the past 4-6 weeks, but he appeared healed as he ran for 133 yards and 5.8 yards per carry against the Seahawks. Bell is quick and elusive and knows how to play “small” in order to make tacklers miss. At 5-11 and 213 pounds, he can run through tackles on occasion, but overpowering opponents is not his game. He has an array of shake-and-bake moves that the Chargers did not see in the Week 11 meeting in Denver because Bell was out of the lineup.
Godfrey and Edwards are an experienced and productive duo. Godfrey (6-2, 245) is a nasty, punishing hitter who leaves running backs battered when he gets through with them. Edwards (6-2, 227) is smart, athletic and resourceful. Even though he has been in the league 11 years, he can still run down ball carriers from behind.
Bell -- 174 carries for 782 yards, 4.5 yards per carry, 2 TDs.
Edwards -- 109 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery.
Godfrey -- 51 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.
Edge: Edwards and Godfrey.
Broncos C Tom Nalen vs Chargers NT Jamal Williams The Matchup: This matchup will go a long way in determining Cutler’s success in this game. Nalen is a 13-year veteran who gets by on quickness and guile. At 6-3 and 286 pounds, he is not going to overpower anyone, let alone the massive 348-pound Williams.
Nalen will clearly have his hands filled because Williams has good initial quickness and can collapse the pocket. Nalen will use his experience, agility and quickness against Williams’ power, know-how and toughness.
Williams-- 49 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass defensed.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers vs.
Broncos DEs Ebenezer Ekuban and Kennard LangThe Matchup: Rivers has been everything that San Diego GM A.J. Smith hoped he would be when he decided to let Drew Brees go to New Orleans through free agency. Rivers is comfortable running the Charger offense, though he's aided by having Tomlinson in the backfield. While he is not a threat to run with the ball, he knows how to fake a pass rusher out with a pump fake and buy time with his slide step. Rivers has given the Chargers a legitimate passing attack even though they don’t have a big-name receiver outside of TE Antonio Gates.
Ekuban is a solid player for the Broncos but he is not a star. He has a fairly quick first step and can also engage an offensive tackle and win the battle. Lang is a speed rusher who can cause havoc with his inside or outside moves. He is only average against the run.
Rivers -- 232-of-360 for 2,600 yards, 16 TDs, 6 interceptions.
Ekuban -- 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks.
Lang -- 27 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron
vs. Broncos defensive coordinator Larry CoyerThe Matchup: -- The Broncos defense was probably the best in the AFC in the first half of the year, but the unit has been worn down by injuries and gotten a bit shell-shocked in recent games. Look for Cameron to attack with his passing attack early because he can smell blood in the water. He also knows that Coyer is expecting a huge dose of Tomlinson throughout the game.
Cameron can get the jump by throwing medium-range passes to Gates, Keenan McCardell and Eric Parker. Coyer has lost Ferguson due to a knee injury and Al Wilson may not be at 100 percent after being carted off the field against Seattle with a neck injury. Cameron knows there is blood in the water and he would be happy to play the role of shark. No game of cat-and-mouse here. It’s full speed ahead for San Diego.
Edge: Cameron (more weapons at his disposal)
Last edited by Dagmar; 12-10-2006 at 03:39 AM..
|12-10-2006, 03:40 AM||#2|
...there ain't no devil
Join Date: Aug 2005
the Chargers have been getting the media reach-a-round for too long. I can't wait for tomorrow...
|12-10-2006, 08:45 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
At least we put in Jay during the soft part of our schedule. The media has been knobslobbering the Chargers for a couple years..."The best team not to make the playoffs"...They can just about knock us out of the playoffs with a win...
Right now, I'm just hoping we can pull out a wabbit and get Jay a playoff appearance, even if is a loss. I remember the first time I got laid...I was like three inches off target...I practically hit her belly button I was so clueless.
I wonder if Woody is still calling Atlanta to win the SB...that's been amusing for several years...Woody is pretty applicable in that regard.
I probably killed our chances to even cover taking Denver +7.5, I couldn't help it. You stockpile that many high picks, your bound to get better.