Focus, take three deep breaths. Focus and head on to the field. Focus and give it your all for an entire 60 football minutes. Focus, do not relax and do not give up. Focus, do not make mistakes and do not turn the ball over. Most importantly, do not lose focus.
If I were leading the 3-3 San Diego Chargers on to the field this Sunday at the 1-6 Cleveland Browns this would be part of my speech. I would make sure to repeat it at halftime and any time I had a players attention. Focus.
It’s Halloweentime and I am a little on edge for this weeks Chargers game at the Browns. This game should be a duck. Right? But we already know if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and acts like a duck the Chargers may just forget it’s a duck in the second half of the game. I have heard it said that “hope is not a strategy”, but this week, I hope that the Chargers obliterate the duck. Focus.
Trick – Chargers fans can only hope they are not tricked by a big lead headed into halftime and then a collapse in the second half. I am sure much talk of grippy towels, games lost in the second half and chill pills will give commentators a lot of material. I suspect, while they are chatting away about things that have happened in the past the Chargers are going to be headed to the red zone, followed quickly by the end zone. So often it will force them to only speak of positives. I also suspect the Browns will not be headed into the red zone often. If the Chargers defense stays focused, the Browns will not score. Focus
Treat – Chargers fans and football fans in general will be pleased to see the Chargers that were playing in the beginning of the season return. With something to prove. Maybe a new found focus in Philip Rivers. Focus on not throwing interceptions. New found speed in Gates and Mathews. Gaither will be back on the line. Battle, Rosario and the rest of the unsung hero’s will keep the Browns defense confused. Focus.
In the 22 times the Chargers have played the Browns the Chargers have won more often, 14-7-1. Four of those 14 wins were the last four times they played. Let’s keep this win streak rolling. Focus.