Last week the San Diego Chargers started slow, but as they usually do against their rivals the Oakland Raiders, in the end it was the Bolts coming out on top 28-18. This week at 2-2, the Chargers have another interesting test, as they head to Miami to take on the 1-2 Dolphins, a team coming off a huge win two weeks ago in New England.
The stunner for the Fins came out of nowhere, as they used Ronnie Brown just about any way they could, as he threw a TD and ran in four in the 38-13 route. Now they hope that against a good Chargers run D, he can get somewhat close to that same type of outing on Sunday. Overall Miami has run for 112.3 yards per game in three games.
On offense, the Chargers will do what they do best, use LaDainian Tomlinson as much as possible early, then soften up the passing game for Phillip Rivers and the passing game, which has put up an impressive 247.8 yards per game, good for 7th in the league. The Dolphins are allowing 227.3 yards per game, so the matchup in this regard favors Rivers and the Bolts, who should be able to attack.
Miami is going to need to use that momentum they showed against the Pats, and not get too frustrated if they can’t do a lot of positive things early vs the Chargers. They are going to have to count on theid defense to keep them in the game, while they also will need that running game to at least produce somewhat to keep this a competitive game so they have a shot in the fourth quarter.
I like the Chargers and what they have done the last two weeks. They have fallen behind to both the Jets and Raiders, and both times didn’t panic and got back in the game before taking it over and finally winning. They know any team that can beat the Pats, Tom Brady or not, is to be taken seriously, so don’t think they will overlook Miami for a minute.
Look for San Diego to use a lot of Tomlinson early, and then look to pass their way to a win in the second half. They should be able to get the job done, and with Rivers and his teammates looking solid the last two weeks, the Chargers are getting better and better and look more like the team many think will be the AFC team in the Super Bowl.