When you think of the San Diego Chargers, you usually think of a high-powered offense. After two games, they have anything but high-powered. They hope to turn this around when they travel to Lambeau Field to face the undefeated Green Bay Packers, who have experienced a renaissance of sorts this young season.
As opposed to last year and as previously stated, the Chargers offense is almost non-existent; they rank near the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category and rank 24th in points scored (28 points). Chargers running back LaDanian Tomlinson last season rushed for over 1,800 yards and 31 touchdowns; just 2 games into this season he has rushed for only 68 yards (easily the worst 2-game stretch of his 7 year career). Quarterback Philip Rivers has put up OK numbers (41-for-61, 369 yards, 2 TD, but 3 INT), but has been turnover-prone (responsible for all 5 Chargers’ turnovers). so some improvement is in order here.
The Packers are performing better than what most people expected of them. QB Brett Favre is having a “Brett Favre-like” year (52-of-80, 492 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT), with solid contributions from wide receiver Donald Driver (14 receptions, 139 yards, 1 TD) and surprise receiver James Jones (8 catches, 104 yards). However, the running game is a work in progress; between Brandon Jackson and Deshawn Wynn, they have a total of 133 yards. Another pleasant surprise for the Packers is placekicker rookie Mason Crosby. He is 3-of-4 on field goals and perfect on PAT’s.
I look for Tomlinson to revert back to form vs. the Packers (between 120-130 yards rushing and 2 TD’s, 5 catches, 45-50 yards) and the Chargers defense to step it up this weekend. Favre will have to work extra hard due to their lack of a running game and the end results will bear that out. Bottom line? The Chargers find their offensive mojo this week in getting their 2nd win of the season.