The Chargers (4-4) practiced a few hours earlier than normal Thursday. It’s a pattern coach Norv Turner has carried out throughout the season when preparing to play a team in an earlier time zone. This Sunday, the Chargers travel to the East Coast to take on the Buccaneers (4-4) in what could potentially be a season-defining game.
They say timing is everything when it comes to the NFL. Who you play at what point in the season can go a long way toward determining the outcome of a game. On Sunday, the Chargers defense will line up against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense that at this moment is firing on all cylinders. They put up 42 points last week against the Oakland Raiders and the week before scored 36 against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Chargers seemed unfazed by having only three active wide receivers for their Week Nine game, and it didn’t matter in a win over the Chiefs. Two of those receivers, Danario Alexander and Seyi Ajirotutu, had been with the team for less than two weeks.