Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of a goal line marker at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Tomorrow’s game against the Titans is at Qualcomm Stadium in America’s finest city. A city that I hope to again call home sooner rather than later.
I am currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina which is the state in which our beloved quarterback, Philip Rivers, attended college at NC State University. Originally from Alabama, Rivers has done more than make himself at home in San Diego.
In the time that Rivers has been the starting signal caller for the Bolts, he has compiled a 37-11 win loss record at home. Meaning he has won 77% of the games he has played in the friendly confines of The Murph.
August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
I believe that this weekend’s visit from Mike Munchak and company will again be a victory for the Chargers.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the team’s performance versus Oakland but I didn’t go into that game needing to be impressed. I went into that game knowing that it was a divisional game, on the road, in the Black Hole that we needed to win.
Head coach Norv Turner called a great game despite the lack of a running attack. Rivers was very efficient in the passing game in an effort to avoid turnovers. The gameplan against a big, physical Raider team does not call for taking a lot of chances, in my opinion. I find this week’s matchup with the Titans to be a little bit different.
My guess is that we will, in addition to establishing a much better running game, open up the playbook quite a bit more. I expect the Chargers to take more shots downfield in the passing game.
Sep 09, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs with the ball after a reception against the New England Patriots during the second half at LP Field. The Patriots beat the Titans 34-13. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE
I like the way we matchup with Tennessee far more than I do the Raiders. The Titans are nowhere near as physical as Oakland. The fact that we held them to 45 yards rushing, leads me to believe that we will also keep Chris Johnson’s numbers from having a large impact on the game as well.
Aug 17, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Tennessee defeated Tampa Bay 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Jake Locker is coming into the game with a non-throwing, separated left shoulder. Look for the sharks of the attacking San Diego defense to smell blood right from the get-go. Although the defense started off in an underwhelming fashion against Oakland, I think we will come out and shine from the moment the “D” steps on the field. Look for them to exploit a poor offensive line and make Locker think twice about that shoulder on every single play.
Being completely aware of Derrick Morgan and, known Dombo killer, Kamerion Wimbley, it will again be vital that our tackles are provided help to ensure that Philip adds win number 38 to his home resume. Randy McMichael and the running backs will be in charge of that detail.
Will the Bolts chalk another one up in the win column at home while under the guidance of Rivers? I believe they will do just that. I expect a Bolt’s victory of 27-17.
The organization is calling tomorrow “White Hot Sunday.” The team will wear white jerseys along with white pants. More importantly, tomorrow the Chargers will pay homage to the late, great Junior Seau. The team will also have number 55 decals on their helmets in addition to the white tops and bottoms.
Sep 1997; San Diego, CA, USA: FILE PHOTO; San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau (55) at Jack Murphy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Brouillet-US PRESSWIRE
Let’s make it a home sweet home victory for number 55.
Thanks a lot for reading.