Mark this game on your calendar as this could very well be a preview of a AFC playoff game. A matchup of two stellar defenses and 2 potent offenses. As you probably saw last week, the San Diego Chargers proved to the rest of us that they can hang with the defensive-minded teams in the league, beating the Chicago Bears 13-3.
The Chargers will most definitely have their hands full against the New England Patriots at Foxboro this weekend. I fully expect the Chargers to run-first, pass-second until the situation dictates otherwise. With Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour out, the Chargers offensive line should be able to exploit that part of the Patrioits’ D-line with relative ease. That’s not to say that the Patriots are weapon-less; on the contrary they’re loaded.
If the Chargers have a weak link to their defense, it would have to be their secondary. Because of this, Patriots QB Tom Brady should and probably will exploit it. Expect good numbers from the Pats’ receivers – the question is this – who will be the main beneficiary? The conventional wisdom would say Randy Moss, but then again it could be Donte Stallworth. That’s how deep the Pats are at WR. I think that Pats’ RB Laurence Maroney will do “OK” against the Chargers D-line and linebackers, but even that is not a given. By this being the marquee matchup of the week, expect a back-and-forth battle until late in the 4th quarter, as the Chargers pull it out in a close one.