Morning Dump


Gameday Eve! It is almost that time!!

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SAN DIEGO — Back in 2007, the San Diego Chargers were embarrassed, disappointed and discouraged after letting rookie Adrian Peterson run over, through and around them for an NFL single-game record of 296 yards.

SAN DIEGO — When it comes to matters of the NFL, San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith is a lightning rod. He’s not afraid to express an opinion or make a difficult decision, and those things always seem to attract attention and often lead to a controversy. Some people applaud Smith for the success the Chargers have had during his eight-year watch. Others criticize him because the team has failed to make it to the Super Bowl.

SAN DIEGO — Despite the fact he played in just one preseason game, tight end Antonio Gates has been a full participant in practice for more than a week and should have no problem playing the full game against Minnesota.

Still, his recollection of his 296-yard rushing performance against the San Diego Chargers in 2007 — an NFL record — feels so fresh. But who could forget?

In between, San Diego has seen a labor dispute move to the foreground and slink away in time for training camp. The Bolts have executed 144 player transactions and signed 54 players since July 28.

Sep 9, 2011 – Of all the divisions in the AFC, the AFC West is easily the weakest. The San Diego Chargers have been the dominant team over the last decade, winning the division five times. However, the Kansas City Chiefs’ rebuilt team with quarterback Matt Cassel at the helm could push for division dominance in the future. They won the division last year and could again this year.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers, with a high-flying offense led by Philip Rivers and a defense that finished as the NFL’s top-ranked unit in 2011, learned their lesson after one of their notorious slow starts finally doomed them a year ago. They get out of the gates fast and cruise to the AFC West title and a first-round bye. Rested and ready, the Chargers win at all as Rivers solidifies himself as an elite QB.

With the first game of the NFL season officially in the books (the defending champion Packers edged the Saints 42-34), it’s time for the Chargers to start their run to their ever-elusive Super Bowl title. Here are five reasons why they will be able to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy and the pivotal match-ups in the Bolts’ schedule.