Transition from Packers to Raiders


It is going to be a struggle for any team to beat the 2010-2011 Super Bowl Champions. The Green Bay Packers are dominating this season with a record of 8-0. The Packers’ MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is leading his team in the same direction as he did last year: undefeated.

Anyone could have guessed that the San Diego Chargers who are facing problems with special teams and Rivers’ inconsistency would easily lose the game. There were spurts of greatness from the Chargers especially when they remarkably recovered from trailing behind GB by 3 TDs to an unexpectedly close-scoring game.

The previous two match-ups for the Chargers have resulted in apologies for their performance and vows for improvement in the future. But at the end of this week, the Chargers walk away with a record of 4-4 and a 3-loss streak. There were a number of problems that the Bolts experienced against the Pack including key players injuries, lack of defensive pressure, and Rivers throwing three additional interceptions.

Some crucial SD players were missing for this monumental game, but it didn’t stop active valuable players from putting up a fight. Vincent Jackson scored three touchdowns with a total of seven receptions for 141 yards against Green Bay’s defense. Mike Tolbert and Antonio Gates completed one TD each despite running back Ryan Mathews and wide receiver Malcom Floyd’s absences. San Diego’s guard Kris Dielman missed his second game in a row after suffering from a concussion.

Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers was spot on with his quick passes, especially to four different teammates in the end zone. The Chargers couldn’t seem to put pressure on this accurate quarterback who always makes it a point to get rid of the ball immediately. Rodgers’ consistent passing to an open receiver at any given moment to advance down the field gave the Chargers a run for their money.

But, nonetheless, it was Rivers’ NFL record high interceptions that had a crucial impact on the outcome of the game. I would like to say that SD truly did have a chance against the Packers but three interceptions from Rivers adding to his previous 11 hurt the Bolts. Two out of three interceptions were picked by GB safety Charlie Peprah for TDs. After Rivers helped the team catch up to GB in the fourth quarter in a span of 1:07 to make it a one touchdown difference game, he did have his shining moment when he played hurry-up offense in the two-minute drill. But the game ended when Rivers’ threw his last interception intended for V-Jax to C. Peprah once again, running the ball for 76 yards. The Green Bay Packers won the game 45-38, remaining undefeated.

All these struggles that the Chargers have faced in the past three losses need to be reconsidered and improved on for Thursday’s game against AFC West rivals, the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders experienced a loss against the Denver Broncos last week, making them 4-4 as well. SD cannot afford to repeat last years’ encounters with the Raiders. This time the Raiders also seem to be struggling with their quarterback and missing a key player, running back Darren McFadden.

Jackson admits that the team as a whole has a lot of work and growing to do, and in this upcoming match-up he said, “What we need to do is get a win.” The Chargers are not ready to lose four straight games. It is time to show the Raiders what SD can do and to leave with a W.


  • sdboltzfan

    What special teams issues are you referring to?

  • MikeTuck

    Don’t want to say told you so but I’ve been calling for Vincent Brown to get to take Craytons spot. That and way before the draft I said the Chargers need to draft Olinemen. Notice that the Oakland secoundary is supposably weak but use a pressure package to offset it. Just what I said the Chargers need was a Blitz package that was constant from different angels. This isn’t rocket science Turner!!!

  • MikeTuck

    Screen play who do they attack La Boy doesn’t read it. Nice jon Manusky

  • MikeTuck

    Phillips is not there, an injury not for seen, but again no pressure by Manuskys D. He refuses to attack Palmer.

    Cowher Cowher COWHEr!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MikeTuck

    Cindi, Ernie and other fellow writers please join me in calling for Norvs and Smiths resignation and Cowher to take over now. To hang on to the special players we have it has to be done now. Spanos has to be aware of the teams dire need of change before players walk. Players do not have a problem w/ Rivers but have no faith in Turner and are tired of Smiths tight rope. Cowher and Wade Phillips this year win or loose. Next year depends on this move!!!!

  • MikeTuck

    Floyd, Brown and Walters along w/ Jackson should be on this team.

  • MikeTuck

    Transitions from GB to Raiders, Spanos was best friends with the late Raiders owner, who talked him into Turner. The Spanos team has to grow a pair of their own and make good football decisions. Good SD decisions, and if I hear one more bleacher report attack people missing Marty I’ll screem. Marty adapted, Smith wanted to control marty and he left. Smith got his way and we got Turner, so you add it up. Those that back Sith and his decisions move to LA so you can watch your team play there. Those true Charger Fans that wanta championship start getting in the papers calling for Cowher or you will be driving to LA!!!