Saints vs. Colts SuperBowl XLIV

Maybe this is just what the Bolts need.  Watch former Charger QB Drew Brees lead the Saints from the NFC South cellar (3-13 in 2005) to a SuperBowl victory in 2010.

The unthinkable just might happen.  And I believe it will.

The Colts are currently 6 point favorites over the Saints.  Manning is expected to lead his team to another SuperBowl win and it looks like the SuperBowl betting public believes this to be true.   The line opened at the Colts -5.

IMO this game is going to be much like the Vikings / Saints NFC Championship.  Both teams come in with powerful offenses.  But, I think the edge goes to the Saints due to their takeaway ratio +6 in the playoffs and +11 in the regular season.  The Colts are +3 in takeaways in the playoffs and +2 in the regular season. Also, the Colts have allowed Manning to be sacked 4x in two playoff games where Brees has only been sacked once.

The Saints have a respectable running game which will help them keep the ball out of Manning’s hands.  But even if it is a shootout, Brees will hang tough.  Brees led the league during the regular season in passer rating and completion percentage.  He also threw for more TD’s and less INT’s than Peyton Manning.

The Saints +6 points is a gift. (the line has recently moved back to +5)

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Chargers save their worst for last

Another golden opportunity wasted.  This team did just about everything wrong after a bye week and plenty of time to prepare.  Penalties, turnovers, missed FG attempts, missed tackles, unsportsmanlike conduct?  really??

The Bolts picked a bad time to have their worst performance of the season.  The Jets deserve to move on.  They stuck to their game plan and the Chargers gave them every opportunity to stay in the game.

In what may be LT’s last game in SD, I really didn’t expect Norv to try and run him up the middle as many times as he did.  Our running game is just not effective at all, hasn’t been all year.  Why try to pound the ball up the middle against the best defense in the league? LT had 12 rushes for 24 yards.  ugh

LT dejected in his post-game interview and wouldn’t answer any questions about coming back next year.  He’s been the face of the Chargers for the last 9 seasons.  It’s painful to watch.  Every Charger player and fan was expecting this to be the year for a Charger Super bowl betting appearance and possibly a championship.

Charger fans did not see this coming.  The Chargers rolled into the playoffs with an 11 game win streak a lot of momentum and confidence but  looked like they were playing a pre-season game that didn’t matter.

Enjoy the off-season Chargers.  And for the guys who made the pro-bowl, enjoy your trip to Miami where Kaeding will probably go a perfect 4-4 in FG attempts in a game that doesn’t count for anything.

Chargers host the Jets Sunday

The Jets came out of Cincy with a win against the Bungles. Carson Palmer looked terrible and Jets were able to do enough damage running the ball, minimizing Sanchez’ exposure late in the game.

On paper, the Bolts / Jets game looks to be a close one.  But, I expect the Chargers to put up a lead early forcing the Jets to get away from running the ball.  The Bolts opened as 7.5 point favorites at home.

The Chargers defense is hugely underestimated.  They have 35 sacks on the year compared to the Jets 32 and the Bolts are +8 in turnovers compared to NY’s +1.

Philip Rivers has been iceman in the pocket facing blitzes all year.  He has more passes for +20 yards than anyone in the league (64) with 28 TD’s and only 9 INT’s.  The Bolts just have too many weapons on offense to defend.  They are a defensive coordinator’s nightmare.

Sanchez is ranked 28th in passer rating (63.0) with 12 TD’s and 20 INT’s.  Force the Jets to trade TD’s with the Chargers and this could be a blowout.

This game could be LT’s last game in SD regardless of the outcome.   This is the healthiest he’s been leading into the playoffs for quite some time.  Let’s hope LT has a big game this Sunday.

Chargers sweep the NFC Least

The Bolts sat their offensive starters for most of the game leaving it up to the Chargers practice squad who took it to the redmen in a come from behind victory 23-20.

Volek was 19-20 for 216 yds including a 50 yard bomb to Malcom Floyd, 1 TD and 1 INT.  Michael Bennett had 100 yards of total offense rushing/receiving.  Buster Davis had 6 catches for 52 yards.

With that win, the Chargers sweep the NFC Least and finish the 2009 regular season with a 13-3 record.

Week 9 / Chargers > Giants 21-20

Week 10 / Chargers > Eagles 31-23

Week 14 / Chargers > Cowboys 20-17

Week 17 / Chargers > Redskins 23-20

Thanks for comin’ out.

The Bolts have a bye week and will play either the Patsies, Bungles or Jets on Sunday January 17th dependent on the outcome of this weekend’s Wild Card playoff games.