The San Diego Chargers seemed to have hit their stride finally in 2007, winning three of their last four and taking control of the AFC West with a 7-5 record. Sunday they travel to Tennessee to take on a Titans team that also got on track last week with a big win over the Houston Texans to get back in the race in the AFC Wild Card picture. This game promises to be a solid matchup between two teams that are thinking about playing football in January.
Both teams are sluggish to a point on offense, as even though the Chargers have LaDainian Tomlinson, they only have the 21st ranked offense in the league. Sunday Tomlinson will find it tougher going running the ball, unlike last week when he rushed for 177 yards against the Chiefs. The three previous weeks he only ran for 77, 62 and 76 yards. It would not surprise me to see him only go for about 80-85 yards against the tough Titans. For the Titans, they have the 20th ranked offense, but got a welcome sight last Sunday when Vince Young played his best game of the year, throwing for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
The running game of the Titans is paced by LenDale White, but he is coming off a finger injury in which he had to have a few stitches in his middle finger on his right hand. Look for White to get some help this week, as I don’t think that he’s going to be able to rush the ball the more than about 10-15 times. Chris Brown will have to pick up the slack against the Chargers D, that held the Chiefs to 88 yards last week.
This game should come down to the play of the two QB’s, Phillip Rivers and Vince Young. Both guys are going to have to protect the football, make some plays, and play within themselves. The two defenses are playing well, with the Titans getting a huge lift from Albert Haynesworth, who came back and did a great job last week. The Chargers though may not have Shawne Merriman, who has a calf injury. Look for a tight, close game that I think the Chargers will eek out in the end with L.T. and Rivers playing a key role.