Has anyone seen the Chargers defense?
Going into week two, the Bolts were 31st in the league in defense, allowing 437 yards per game. That’s landed them at 0-2, looking up at a Broncos team who could gallop away with the division if the Chargers don’t turn it around.
Why is the defense sputtering? To paraphrase Occam’s razor, “all other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best.” So the answer must be: no Shawne Merriman.
Sounds reasonable to me. No one is putting pressure on the quarterback. The team has one sack, and it was a fluke.
While Merriman’s absence is significant, it does not account for the San Diego corners getting torched on the field. Week 2 saw Brandon Marshall for the Broncos catch 18 passes.
Antonio Cromartie needs to step it up. The linebackers need to step up. Opposing quarterbacks are dropping bombs on the San Diego secondary and it will continue.
A leader must emerge on defense. A playmaker must turn the tide.
On the other side, offense hasn’t been a problem. Even with an anemic LT, they’re 5th overall in the league and 3rd in passing yards per game. They’ve put up 62 points in two games. The Chargers can score, thankfully.
Taking the offensive production and defensive struggle, it’s no wonder the Chargers have lost both games by a combined 3 points.
The Jets figure to come out firing on Monday Night Football. The Brett Favre led offense has been average, unspectacular. If the Chargers defense can muster marginal play I think they can put enough points up to win. The only intangible is the Favre Monday Night Magic. The guy loves to shine on the big stage.
This game provides an excellent opportunity to not only end this early season rut, but it can be a springboard for the defense to get their momentum rolling.
Charger fans should hope tonight’s game doesn’t resemble week three from last year. Favre threw for 369 yards and 3 TD’s in Green Bay against a better San Diego defense. And the Jets haven’t been to Qualcomm since the ’05 playoffs… you know how that ended.
It could be a long night.