Morning Dump

GAME DAY!!!!! Today is the big day and just like every Charger Sunday, I am getting nervous! This one is going to be an EPIC BATTLE and I can’t wait to see the outcome!

Enjoy today’s dump:

SAN DIEGO – The Chargers defense forced Tom Brady into 13 incompletions and limited the Pro Bowl quarterback to 159 passing yards on Oct. 24 in a 23-20 loss to New England.

• Chargers OLB Larry English was inactive in Week One due to poor play in practice, the latest in a trend of disappointments from the 2009 first-round pick. According to a team insider, the Chargers were “dreaming” that English would win the LOLB job, as he has the potential to be a superior all-around player to Travis LaBoy, who is primarily just a pass rusher. However, English has not been able to live up to that potential, so a host of other players, especially veterans LaBoy and Antwan Barnes, will see most of the playing time across from Shaun Phillips.

Ah yes, the Chargers. Over the last several years, has there been a team in the NFL that has generally and more accurately reflected everything the Patriots have not? Under coach Norv Turner, the Chargers usually get less from more. Since the start of the 2004 season, the Chargers have won more regular season games than all but three teams in the NFL: the Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. Of course, the Chargers are the only one of those clubs that has failed to win a Super Bowl.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune is one of the best NFL beat writers in the country. Period. His depth of knowledge on the Chargers is unmatched. He stopped by to give us his insight before Sunday’s game.

Inside Enemy Territory is a feature where I ask a blogger for the Patriots’ upcoming opponent five questions about their team and the upcoming game. This week, the Patriots play the San Diego Chargers in their home opener at Gillette Stadium. I contacted Ernie Padaon from Bolt Beat to get his insight on the Chargers. Ernie also asked me five questions about the Patriots, which you can read HERE.

Last Sunday, when Vikings elite return man Percy Harvin ran 103 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the 2011 season, Chargers fans instantly and en masse groaned (and I want you to say this like Darth Vader at the end of “Revenge of the Sith”), “NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” It was seen as the start of another bad start, and San Diego football fans have had quite enough of that, thank you very much.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Only nine players in NFL history have thrown for more yards in one season than Philip Rivers did last year. Only four passed for more in a single game than Tom Brady did last week.

SAN DIEGO – A week after 14 quarterbacks threw for at least 300 yards, an NFL record, two of the most prolific offenses in the NFL the last five seasons will try to keep each other off the field Sunday.

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