This Monday could be a very determining factor in the future of the San Diego Chargers. I absolutely hate all the sportscasters trying to state claim as to who will win the SuperBowl this early on, but statistics don’t lie and as the Jets and Chargers get set for this round of Monday Night Football, you have to wonder who will prevail on this weeks center stage.
In the last 30 years less than 9% of teams that have started with a 0-2 record have made the playoffs and only 3 teams when starting 0-3. But then again were talking about the Chargers here! San Diego fans are furious because their pride and job may be left in the cold…well maybe not cold, but stuck on the beach with a lot of time on their hands come playoff time because of some early season mistakes. Many could argue that a win or a loss isn’t decided by one play, even if the officials miscalled that play, but the bottom line is San Diego is going to have to put these two losses behind them, no matter how unfair or how heartbreaking.
1st it was the 2 point loss to the Panthers with QB Jake Delhomme throwing a 14 yard TD pass on the final play of the game. But week two was a game of back and forth allowing the Chargers to come back from an 18-point deficit against the division rival Broncos putting them ahead by 7 with less than 5 minutes in the game…somehow that miraculous comeback still left them 0-2. The Denver Broncos managed to grab a two-point conversion with 24 seconds left in the 4th quarter….after a bad call giving the ball back to Denver after they fumbled it.
Lets start with the Chargers’ defense, they’re going to have to fight through their ranking of 30th in the NFL, in the last two games they’ve basically doubled the average amount of points they’ve given up in comparison to last year giving up 32.5 points and 437 yards! With Shawne Merriman out for the season, and LT’s running game slowed by a toe injury we have to wonder if bad officiating is the only thing factoring into these losses. Tomlinson doesn’t sound 100% confident he’ll be 100% by Monday night, but never underestimate the extra day, nearly two of rest and treatment. This Monday night match-up came at the perfect week for LT and his Chargers.
Although I’d love to believe Mr. 21 carries the team on his back, I’d have to say a lot is going to come down to the battle of the QBs. Chargers QB Philip Rivers has thrown for 594 yards and tied for 1st with 6 TDS and has the 3rd highest passer rating with 122.5. On the other side, the future hall of famer threw two TDs in his Jets debut, but is looking to come back from a loss to division rival New England after throwing a crucial interception ending in a loss to the Pats in the Jets home opener.
The Jets are rated 6th in run defense and 8th total in the NFL, but some fault the Jets’ defense in last weeks loss so its obvious they’re going to come back strong and if LT’s not on top of his game, and if Brett is typical Brett the outcome may not be too pretty, well for the Chargers at least. Favre hasn’t played in San Diego since 2003; he’s 5-0 against the winless Chargers.
Had a handful of plays, two in particular gone differently in the Chargers’ favor, San Diego could quite possibly be standing tall in the AFC West, but coulda shoulda woulda doesn’t matter in life or in football. Personally Im going with San Diego, not just because I love LT, but something tells me they’re going to have sports writers shutting up about all these statistics, myself included.