Deja Vu All Over Again?

October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts on the sidelines after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE



It is now week 12 of the NFL season and the Chargers are sitting at 4-6. This is not where either the fans, nor the team, would have hoped they would be at this point in the season.

Despite having a record that is two games under .500, the Bolts still have a slim chance to make the playoffs as a wildcard. Teams such as Pittsburgh and Indianapolis both have two game leads over us at 6-4. Cincinnati is currently 5-5 while Miami is tied with us at 4-6.

Taking into account the aforementioned hurdles, the Chargers now invite the Baltimore Ravens to San Diego for a tough matchup on Sunday. The Ravens sit atop the AFC North division but have the Steelers hoping to gain ground on them in any way possible.

Baltimore boasts offensive stars such as Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, and Torrey Smith. They have a solid o-line and can run and pass the ball effectively.

On defense, the team has three major standouts featuring Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, and Ed Reed. Although they will be without team leader, Ray Lewis, and stud cornerback, Lardarius Webb, the Ravens defense will still pose a problem for the Chargers. They are not as solid a “D” as they once were but I have no doubt that they will take advantage of a poor Bolts’ offensive line.

The Chargers hosted Baltimore last year and the Ravens were destroyed by a score of 34-14. Although I’d love to see the team put up a similar performance, I would just be happy with a victory that would allow the Bolts to remain in the playoff race.

I don’t exactly see another runaway in this game. I do, however, think there is a good opportunity for the Chargers to win this game. The Ravens’ pass defense is not that great and I think Rivers will find a way to exploit that weakness.

One of the major keys to the game will be containing Ray Rice. He is going to get his yards but we must find a way to make sure he doesn’t bust any big plays. Torrey Smith will keep the Charger secondary busy with his blazing speed and ability to stretch the field.

Again, I don’t believe that we’ll have the same type of game versus Baltimore as we did last year, but here’s to hoping that we find a way to have more points at the end of the game.

I don’t blame those of you that are more weary of another deja vu of sorts concerning the head coach and the general manager. Winning, and perhaps eventually making the playoffs, could mean that Norv Turner and A.J. Smith might be retained. I am of the opinion that if one goes the other must follow. Barring some miraculous finish to this season, it is time for some changes in San Diego. Only time will tell.

Final score: Chargers 24 – Ravens 23


Thanks a lot for reading.








Topics: Chargers, Ravens

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  • Pete Spinning

    Love it! Let’s do this!!!

  • Ignatius

    Game finished: 16-13 OT. I cannot get out of my couch. I’m so depressed right now. Hopefully Chargers brass has the decency to cut Norv and just let this nightmare end but I must be having a stroke since that would never happen as long as AJ is in charge. I bet he’s even drafting an extension for Norval right now. What a waste.

    • Stefanie Smith

      AJ has to go also. He has had ample opportunity to build a good team. He has been a key catalyst in the deterioration of the Chargers.

      • Ignatius

        I used to support him but recently has been hiding like a scared chicken when asked to be interviewed and made some decisions that have left the entire NFL circle scratching their heads. At least Norv has the courage (besides the obligation) to speak to reporters after the game. I cannot in my right mind support AJ Smith, he deserves a brown box, some cab fare and a good handshake with the proper kick in the rear, and let the next GM take the reins, therefore, I officially start the Bill Polian campaign as the next GM of the Chargers. I think he would do a fine job as he demonstrated in his tenure as the Colts GM, albeit had an awful year but nevertheless, he was solid.

        Chargers GM Bill Polian, like the sound of that!

  • Stefanie Smith

    I’m tired of the pipe dreams. No one on the D could stop Rice on that 4th and 26 or whatever it was? Deja vu? Yeah, but 10 times worse this year. Our season is over. And yeah, something has to be done. Can’t blame this one on Rivers.

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