Chargers drop home opener to the crows

Unfortunately, a 16oz light beer still costs more than a 6-pack.  I guess ownership didn’t get the memo on the state of the economy.

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There was an abundance of energy at Qualcomm for the home opener as expected.

The crowd was loud and excited to see our Bolts put the hurt on Baltimore.  After squeaking out a win in Oakland, I anticipated another close game hoping Norv and Rivera would open up the playbook.

Well, that’s what we got.

Rivers threw for a career high 436 yards.  Our make shift OL held together long enough to let Philip do his thing.  He did get sacked twice and threw 2 ints but IMO the OL did much better than expected.

Unfortunately, some of the play calling in critical situations was suspect as well as the officiating.

I can’t agree with kicking a FG on 3rd down with 10 secs left on the clock before halftime.  With the height advantage our receivers had over the Ravens CB’s I expected to see at least one or two fade routes to the corner of the end zone, never happened. Instead, Norv decided to play it safe and kick the FG on 3rd down. And the call to hand off to Sproles on 4th and 2 to end the game was atrocious.  Darren had minimal success running against the Ravens Sunday, 10 rushes for 26 yds.   Ray Lewis seemed to know exactly what to expect and stuffed Sprolesy behind the line of scrimmage for a bitter end to the game.

Play to win Norv, not to lose.

Missing Jamal Williams is def hurting the rush defense big time.  McGahee ran all over the Bolts for 79 yds and 2 TD’s.  There were a ton of missed tackles by our LB’s.  Our safety Eric Weddle had 9 tackles to lead the team.  That is not a good thing.

Luis Castillo had our only sack and played a great game.  Merriman is still without a sack on the year but forced Flacco to throw an INT to Cason.

Vincent Jackson is a stud.  He continues to show it every week.  Chambers has been a disappointment so far this year.  He dropped a pass that hit his  hands for what would’ve been a 3rd down conversion.  I’d much rather see Malcom Floyd in there as our number 2 receiver.  He seems to have softer hands and actually tries to make a play for the ball instead of giving up on passes like Chambers.

Gates is looking good, like Gates of old.  Get more throws to Gates.

LT missed the game and hasn’t practiced all week.  While LT is sorely missed, I’m completely comfortable with Michael Bennett and Sprolesy in the backfield.  But, Norv has to use Bennett for a bulk of the running and use Sproles for short passes out of the backfield.

The Bolts are home again this week to meet Miami.  The fish lost a close one Monday night to the Colts and travel cross country with an 0-2 record.

Let’s hope the defense isn’t confused with Miami’s gimmicky wild cat and are able to avenge last year’s loss so we can head into Pittsburgh next week with a 2-1 record.

The Chargers are 6 point favorites.

Fish fry!

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One Response

  1. Ya last week was a bust. But, this week should be better. Hopefully. Cross our fingers.

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