Week 1 Preview, Chicago at San Diego

Chicago BearsSan Diego Chargers Quallcomm Stadium will be rocking in what could possibly be a preview of the 2008 Super Bowl. In one corner, you have the offensive juggernaut known as the San Diego Chargers. In the other corner, you have arguably the best defensive teams in the league, the Chicago Bears. This has the makings of a Game Of The Week. Having said that, here’s what to look for:

The Chargers have at least two ways to beat the Bears. One is to rush heavily Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, who unfortunately will be without the services of rookie tight end Greg Olsen for this week (knee injury). And you know Chargers head coach Norv Turner is going to exploit the matchup between Antonio Gates and any of the Bears safeties, especially Bears S Adam Archuleta who absolutely stinks in coverage schemes. And the Chargers offensive line should have no trouble containing the Bears’ pass rush.

The Bears, on the other hand, have the linebackers to possibly contain Chargers RB LaDanian Tomlinson; but as most teams will attest to, it is nearly impossible to contain LT for the entire game. If the Bears can to a degree contain Chargers DT Jamal Williams (arguably one of the best DT’s in the NFL), they may have a chance to pull this one out. And of course, we cannot forget that secret weapon in the Bears’ arsenal: kick return specialist/WR Devin Hester. He probaly will get between 10-14 touches this week and may make things interesting. But when the smoke clears, the Chargers’ offense will negate anything good that the Bears’ defense brings to San Diego. The Chargers in a close one.


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