Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) gets hit by San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Reggie Walker (52) and defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (71) during second half action at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Why was the Chargers defense better? Facing Eli Manning or players returning?

The San Diego Chargers defense stepped up big on Sunday against Eli Manning and the New York Giants, but what was the reason for that? Was it because we were playing against Eli Manning  or was it because we had some players returning to the field. Of course there was a combination of both that helped, but what was the main reason for the impressive performance?

It was nice having Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson back on the field. Donald Butler also had one of his best games this season. Manti Te’o also has been playing better and better with experience. Things are getting better here. Also, Derek Cox is on the sideline and that is an upgrade.

Still, we can’t not disregard that we were facing off against Eli Manning. He has been playing terrible this season. He has been a joke and turns the ball over like it makes him money.

We will find out if the players made a difference on Thursday. We will face off against Eli’s big brother and hope to do the same thing to Peyton. We did alright last time we faced off against the Broncos. Hopefully the added confidence and a few extra players on the roster can get us a win on the road in Denver.

I definitely think that the guys on the roster returning made a huge difference on the way the team played. Having Jarret Johnson starting on the edge makes a huge difference. Getting other players in their proper role definitely helps. We just will see how much better we are with the guys on the roster on Thursday.


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  • Sergio Quintero

    Add the fact that the 2 corners who actually played Marshall & Wright played well. And that the chargers actually did play some 1 gap defense to maximize Reyes & Liuget. And they actually played some cover 2, which probably has been the best defense they have played consistently all year.

    Unfortunately Peyton ain’t Eli, he will take what defense gives him, and be accurate in 7 drop defense. Massive challenge for tomorrow, hopefully its windy, since that appears to be the ultimate criptanyte for Peyton.

    • PakMaN


      • Sergio Quintero

        Thanks for the correction, and its been adjusted in the original post.

    • diomar espinal

      Been telling Ernie this all season. Our defense has looked solid everytime we have stayed in a cover 2. It might allow teams to run it on us but like i said i prefer runs of 4 yards over gains of 20 thru the air on everyplay. Another huge upgrade to our cover 2 will be the fact that Lissemore will be taking over for Cam in the middle. As others have realized Cam has been atrocious all season and quite frankly i cant see lissemore being worse. The few times he gets into the game i feel he actually makes an impact. I really do believe if we stay in the cover 2 and dont try to get cute vs Peyton we will have a solid chance of winning. Our last game vs them,inn the 2nd half we stayed in our shell and did a very good job. Now with them not having Welker on the field its going to be huge because Welker is their mean underneath option when teams leave 2 safetys back. Hopefully everything goes as planned and we inch closer to the playoffs.

    • tubbs45

      I think wright played one of his best games as a pro…

  • Stefanie Smith

    Plus, even in the press conference, no one in SD is addressing the weather. It will be ugly at night. Real cold.

    • blu3ny3llow

      Actually Phillip Rivers talked about the weather and he said it shouldn’t be much colder than it was in KC

  • arnie

    To run on the heels of Sergio, yes it all helped. Playing a team that isn’t playing well can be a good boost to their confidence. Most importantly, when I heard Wright in post game interviews, I think he stated it perfectly,”…chemistry, I think were just starting learn how to play better with each other and anticipate how we’re going to react…”.

  • Aaron Johnson

    I think the players just played better. Simple as that. I didnt see any returning players single handedly wreck Eli but as a unit they did. This has been the story of our defense in some of our wins. Again, some of it is talent some of it is young guys getting up to speed. We have a lot more starters on the field that would be 3rd string or lower on most teams in the league. We saw what they can do as a unit against the Giants but believe me, if we have a single weak spot againt Peyton, he will wreck us.

  • Bill Nichols

    I think Pags calls some games aggressive and some he lays back more, not sure why, but take the Indy game for instance. More blitzes, guys hitting receivers at the line before they run free, just more exotic schemes. Yes Eli and the Giants suck, but they have been known to go on streaks, and are kind of hot and cold, like us. I am hoping Pags keeps up the aggressive play calling, and the unit stays healthy, we could go far with a pro bowl nose tackle, and a shut down corner. We are close, so freaking close. Houston, Washington, Titans, those games were ours for the taking…. Just think how awesome this season would be looking with those 3 “W:s…. Damn it man!! Bolts Up!!

  • 1961 Fan

    The defense played better because this year the Giants suck! The coach benched that bust Derick Cox and put in Marshall. For the Broncos tonight (Thursday) having Welker not play should help-we need it.

  • Peter Thompson

    Well… the Giants were kind of a slump-buster team…. but, it was a solid win. We have lost to worse teams this season. If they stick with running Mathews, eating up the clock, avoid costly penalties, get a couple turnovers, and they don’t let Rivers get sacked 4 times.. they should be able to keep our defense off of the field. I mean, the way I see it, is that our defense is ridiculously bad at times, ad Denver’s offense is ridiculously good all of the time. So, keep them both off the field by running the ball, and converting 1st downs, and red-zone TD’s.