Searching for Optimism

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) smiles at the Steelers fans yelling at him in the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers in the AFC divisional playoff game at Heinz Field on January 11, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom


In an effort to look for anything optimistic in the game against the New England Patriots, we started digging through some stats and came up with some stuff to give us a little hope. Kinda sad that this game we are searching for some golden nuggets, when we were supposed to be heading into this game with at least 4 wins!!!

- Since 2000, the Patriots have traveled to San Diego twice in the regular season and had to leave the game with a loss. Of the 17 teams that Bill Bellichick has faced at least twice in the regular season, the Chargers are the only team that he has yet to beat (

- The Chargers enter the game with the number 1 ranked offense and the number 1 ranked defense. I know these stats do not mean anything without the wins associated with them. With our ability to move the ball on offense and our ability to stop the ball on defense, we give ourselves a good opportunity to win the game. IF ONLY special teams could do there job and we could stop turning the ball over.

- This game is at HOME. We are undefeated at home and have had an average victory margin of 28 points in those wins. It will be the home town fans (hopefully a sell out) in the stadium and we shouldn’t see Philip Rivers getting pissed at Nick Hardwick for not snapping the ball with the time running out on the play clock. SHOULDN’T!

- The Chargers have opened the previous 4 seasons with a poor start and have broken off long winning streaks. The Bolts have been through this situation before and know how to handle the pressure. We are due!

Alright…. The Pats are coming into town and the doubt is creeping in all of us, The Bolts need to build up our confidence in the team and the best way to do that is to beat a good football team.

Topics: Patriots

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