San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Antonio Garay has shaved his hair into various polygons and dyed them neon colors, often sports beards that make him look like a character from The Hunger Games and drives a compact car with a massive Hello Kitty sticker. On Sunday, he used his eclectic fashion sense to pay tribute to one of the greatest players in franchise history.
*Keys to the game: The Falcons’ shuffled secondary gets yet another stiff test with the Chargers’ potentially explosive offense. We say potentially, because it’s still difficult to predict how aggressive San Diego will choose to be with undrafted rookie left tackle Mike Harris protecting of QB Philip Rivers’ blind side. Rivers has managed to move the ball very efficiently despite being without RB Ryan Mathews and being down TE Antonio Gates last week. Atlanta has the weapons to spread the field and for QB Matt Ryan to do serious damage vertically. The key, however, will be getting early production out of RB Michael Turner. Balance can take some of the aggression out of the Chargers’ pass rush, although the Chargers came up empty in the sack department last week. If Ryan has time, he’ll engage in an entertaining shootout with Rivers.
The Chargers big win over the Tennessee Titans wouldn’t have been possible without the shrewd free agent additions of Dante Rosario and Jackie Battle. The duo combined for a whopping five touchdowns in helping the team win their second game in a row to kick off the 2012 season. Subtle yet significant additions like those two veterans are a prime example why with the victory, General Manager A.J. Smith became the franchise’s all-time winningest GM in team history.