The San Diego Chargers turned the fortunes of their franchise around by way of a Drew Brees to Reche Caldwell touchdown strike that led to the implementation of the Chargers’ no huddle offense which blew away defenses during the 2004 season.
Who were the victims of that strike? The Tennessee Titans.
Now, the Titans will be looking to turn their own fortunes around by stopping San Diego’s nearly two decade long winning streak that’s included 8 victories for the Bolts, including a 2007 playoff debacle.
At one point the Titans were among the Chargers most hated rivals, but many of those in the Titans organization that fueled the Chargers’ rage are gone. No more Kevin Mawae, no more Jeff Fisher (you know it’s bad when they hate the coach), no more Vince Young, and no more Cortland Finnegan.
Somehow, the Chargers must find the fury to stave off a Titan’s upset.
The Titans are in an early must win game, because if they lose to the Bolts and go 0-2, guess who’s coming to dinner? The Detroit Lions, and these Lions feast on the feeble. Teams with 0-3 records typically miss the playoffs.
Kenny Britt will be making an appearance, but it should be brief.
Chris Johnson will be eager to break out of his funk. His disastrous 11 attempts for 4 yards against the New England Patriots last week was humiliating to say the least, but it doesn’t mean he’s not as dangerous as he always was.
Johnson still averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry last season, he’s only 26 years old, and he’s still fast. A couple of mistakes by the Bolts and the flood gates could open.
The Chargers should win this battle, but the Titans should have won in 2004.