Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

It is a good day for an upset! Let’s see if the Bolts can pull this off and get a bunch more people back on the bandwagon!

Enjoy your dump:

SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers is in a good place. The black cloud that seemed to follow the Chargers’ star quarterback in recent weeks has gone away. The disappointment over tough losses has been replaced by a steely focus on the task at hand and a genuine excitement about the prospects for the rest of the season.

SAN DIEGO, CA (WHBL) – With running back Ryan Matthews limping and questionable for the game and All-Pro guard Kris Dielman out, the San Diego Chargers offer some opportunities to the undefeated Packers.  Green Bay plays at San Diego in a 3:15 p.m. game today.  Reeling from a loss to Kansas City, the 4-3 Chargers still offer a major threat to Green Bay.  Both high-powered offenses average right around 400 yards per game.  Quarterback Phillip Rivers has actually thrown for more yards than Aaron Rodgers – and the Packer pass defense has been iffy this year.  Still, the Packers are favored to win their 14th straight game, including regular and post-season, handing San Diego its third straight defeat.  Coverage of the game on WHBL gets underway at 1pm.

HIGH AND DEEP: Any defense taking on the Chargers must contend with the height of WRs Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, both of whom stand just a shade under 6 feet 5 inches. Jackson, 28, has been starting since mid-2006. “Real good player,” one personnel man said. “Not a true speed guy. He has quickness and is really athletic adjusting to the ball. Hard to jam. Just creates separation because of the size. Has quickness at the break. Good route runner. Good hands.” Floyd, 30, has battled injuries throughout his career. He became a starter in 2009. “He’s as good as anybody in the league going up and adjusting for balls,” the scout said. “He plays 3 feet taller than everybody else going up for balls. Hard to cover because of his size. Problem is, he’s just hurt all the time. He’s not as good as Jackson. Jackson is a better route runner.”

His right arm leaning comfortably over the top of his locker, the 14-year veteran paused after Friday’s practice, stared toward the ceiling, and after seconds of searching aloud for the right wording, located the sentence that led him through the tough times in his career.