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sdchrger

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Enjoy :icon_mrgreen:
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/scouting?gameId=261001033


Why To Watch
This should be an extremely physical, hard-hitting game that features two of the elite defenses in the game right now. Running room will be extremely difficult to come by and both quarterbacks should take a beating against nasty pass rushes. If you like defensive football, you can't miss this one.

Although the Ravens struggled quite a bit with the Browns last week, both teams have had their way with less-than-stellar opponents; this will be a true test of where both teams truly are. San Diego does not have any major injury concerns and will be very well rested coming off its bye.


When the Chargers have the ball
Rushing: Obviously, the Chargers' offense goes through LaDainian Tomlinson, the best running back in the game today, but he will not see anything resembling the gaping holes he exploited during the first two weeks of the season. The Ravens' defense is loaded with big-time playmakers who are very versatile and capable of lining up in several spots. The Ravens will consistently bring extra defenders near the line of scrimmage in an attempt to slow down Tomlinson and dare QB Philip Rivers to beat them through the air.
Even against eight-man fronts, San Diego will give Tomlinson -- and sometimes backup RB Michael Turner -- the ball repeatedly, even if the gains are not substantial. The Chargers cannot afford to put the onus of winning this road game entirely on their young quarterback and must stick with their running game, despite the early results. Tomlinson is just too good of a football player to stop for the entire day.

Passing: San Diego had major questions at left tackle when the season opened, but rookie Marcus McNeill has performed admirably. He will be tested in a huge way in a very loud stadium against the Ravens' tremendous outside pass rushers. McNeill will usually draw the assignment of blocking DE Terrell Suggs and that will be no easy chore, but Suggs did suffer a leg injury on Sunday.

Baltimore has many good upfield players, and the Chargers will not be able to give added help to all of their blockers who will surely need it. That will result in a lot of big hits on Rivers and possible turnovers. This game will test Rivers' will and the young quarterback will have to respond like a veteran leader in order for San Diego to get out of Baltimore with a victory. This week might be the perfect opportunity for the Chargers to try another halfback pass. Tomlinson throws the football quite well and the Ravens' defense can be overaggressive and bite on the appearance of a running play.

When the Ravens have the ball
Rushing: Jamal Lewis has battled knee and hip injuries over the last several weeks. There may not be a more difficult team to run against than the Chargers, who feature a simply outstanding front seven, but Baltimore will need Lewis at full strength to have any success on the ground.

San Diego's defensive front has mismatches in its favor across the board and there will not be a soft spot for Baltimore to target on the ground. NT Jamal Williams is an anchor in the middle of the field and will demand a double team on all interior running plays, while the linebackers are extremely fast and athletic and are quick to eliminate running lanes on the edge. This game will really challenge the Ravens' suspect offensive line.

Passing: If the Ravens cannot establish a running game -- and it is unlikely that they will -- the Chargers' front seven will tee off on Steve McNair. The threat of play-action would be eliminated and the Ravens would have to simply set up and throw to move the football. That is exactly what the Ravens' offensive line does not want to do, especially in a matchup like this one. Baltimore has a plethora of pass-catching weapons, but buying time to throw will be the issue.

This is the type of game where McNair should lean on Pro Bowl TE Todd Heap, who could out-quick the Chargers' heavier linebackers and use his long build and size advantage to create mismatches against San Diego's defensive backs. It will be important to establish a rapport with Heap quickly and force extra coverage attention his way, which could slow down San Diego's fierce blitz package. McNair is not as fleet of foot as he once was, but incorporating some rollouts and waggles this week might also be beneficial.
 

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Chargers | Dielman practices Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:55:38 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Kris Dielman (hamstring) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Chargers | Goff practices Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:55:10 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Mike Goff (groin) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Chargers | Krause misses practice Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:54:33 -0700

San Diego Chargers TE Ryan Krause (hamstring) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Chargers | Jordan misses practice Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:54:12 -0700

San Diego Chargers OT Leander Jordan (shoulder) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 26 and could miss the Week 4 game.


Chargers | McCardell misses practice Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:53:42 -0700

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan McCardell (hamstring) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 26. He is expected to practice this week and play in the Week 4 game.


Chargers | Olshansky practices Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:53:13 -0700

San Diego Chargers DL Igor Olshansky (knee) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 26.
 

Concudan

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Trumpet_Man said:
http://www.kffl.com/hotw

Chargers | Dielman practices Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:55:38 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Kris Dielman (hamstring) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Chargers | Goff practices Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:55:10 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Mike Goff (groin) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Chargers | Krause misses practice Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:54:33 -0700

San Diego Chargers TE Ryan Krause (hamstring) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Chargers | Jordan misses practice Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:54:12 -0700

San Diego Chargers OT Leander Jordan (shoulder) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 26 and could miss the Week 4 game.


Chargers | McCardell misses practice Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:53:42 -0700

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan McCardell (hamstring) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 26. He is expected to practice this week and play in the Week 4 game.


Chargers | Olshansky practices Tuesday
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:53:13 -0700

San Diego Chargers DL Igor Olshansky (knee) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 26.
This makes me happy! i want to see Igor rip the Ravens apart!
 

Trumpet_Man

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Concudan said:
This makes me happy! i want to see Igor rip the Ravens apart!

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=2604249

Chargers' Olshansky returns in time to face Ravens

Associated Press

National Football League News Wire

SAN DIGEO -- The NFL's toughest defense should get tougher
on Sunday.

The San Diego Chargers (2-0) expect defensive end Igor Olshansky
to return on Sunday when they match unblemished records with the
Baltimore Ravens (3-0).

Olshansky was expected to be a key part of a stingy run defense
which has allowed average of 71 yards, fifth-best in the league.
But Olshansky has been idled since the season's first series, when
he sprained his left knee at Oakland.

He practiced Tuesday for the first time since the injury.

"It feels good and I was able to do everything," Olshansky
said. "I'm good to go."....................click on thingy for more.......
 

Trumpet_Man

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PostAnteaterCharger said:
Amen
my adopted Charger must crush Ohgdan into cube.
The dude had a tear in one of his ligaments. I hope he is fully healed because the Ravens all of a sudden do not look so scary. If Igor needs another week to get healed or even two weeks, he should shut her down. The season is long. So is the playoff push and that is when we need the healthy horses. I just hope he is healed as close to 100% as possible.
 

BFISA

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Trumpet_Man said:
The dude had a tear in one of his ligaments. I hope he is fully healed because the Ravens all of a sudden do not look so scary. If Igor needs another week to get healed or even two weeks, he should shut her down. The season is long. So is the playoff push and that is when we need the healthy horses. I just hope he is healed as close to 100% as possible.
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sdchrger said:
Enjoy :icon_mrgreen:
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/scouting?gameId=261001033


Why To Watch
This should be an extremely physical, hard-hitting game that features two of the elite defenses in the game right now. Running room will be extremely difficult to come by and both quarterbacks should take a beating against nasty pass rushes. If you like defensive football, you can't miss this one.

Although the Ravens struggled quite a bit with the Browns last week, both teams have had their way with less-than-stellar opponents; this will be a true test of where both teams truly are. San Diego does not have any major injury concerns and will be very well rested coming off its bye.


When the Chargers have the ball
Rushing: Obviously, the Chargers' offense goes through LaDainian Tomlinson, the best running back in the game today, but he will not see anything resembling the gaping holes he exploited during the first two weeks of the season. The Ravens' defense is loaded with big-time playmakers who are very versatile and capable of lining up in several spots. The Ravens will consistently bring extra defenders near the line of scrimmage in an attempt to slow down Tomlinson and dare QB Philip Rivers to beat them through the air.
Even against eight-man fronts, San Diego will give Tomlinson -- and sometimes backup RB Michael Turner -- the ball repeatedly, even if the gains are not substantial. The Chargers cannot afford to put the onus of winning this road game entirely on their young quarterback and must stick with their running game, despite the early results. Tomlinson is just too good of a football player to stop for the entire day.

Passing: San Diego had major questions at left tackle when the season opened, but rookie Marcus McNeill has performed admirably. He will be tested in a huge way in a very loud stadium against the Ravens' tremendous outside pass rushers. McNeill will usually draw the assignment of blocking DE Terrell Suggs and that will be no easy chore, but Suggs did suffer a leg injury on Sunday.

Baltimore has many good upfield players, and the Chargers will not be able to give added help to all of their blockers who will surely need it. That will result in a lot of big hits on Rivers and possible turnovers. This game will test Rivers' will and the young quarterback will have to respond like a veteran leader in order for San Diego to get out of Baltimore with a victory. This week might be the perfect opportunity for the Chargers to try another halfback pass. Tomlinson throws the football quite well and the Ravens' defense can be overaggressive and bite on the appearance of a running play.

When the Ravens have the ball
Rushing: Jamal Lewis has battled knee and hip injuries over the last several weeks. There may not be a more difficult team to run against than the Chargers, who feature a simply outstanding front seven, but Baltimore will need Lewis at full strength to have any success on the ground.

San Diego's defensive front has mismatches in its favor across the board and there will not be a soft spot for Baltimore to target on the ground. NT Jamal Williams is an anchor in the middle of the field and will demand a double team on all interior running plays, while the linebackers are extremely fast and athletic and are quick to eliminate running lanes on the edge. This game will really challenge the Ravens' suspect offensive line.

Passing: If the Ravens cannot establish a running game -- and it is unlikely that they will -- the Chargers' front seven will tee off on Steve McNair. The threat of play-action would be eliminated and the Ravens would have to simply set up and throw to move the football. That is exactly what the Ravens' offensive line does not want to do, especially in a matchup like this one. Baltimore has a plethora of pass-catching weapons, but buying time to throw will be the issue.

This is the type of game where McNair should lean on Pro Bowl TE Todd Heap, who could out-quick the Chargers' heavier linebackers and use his long build and size advantage to create mismatches against San Diego's defensive backs. It will be important to establish a rapport with Heap quickly and force extra coverage attention his way, which could slow down San Diego's fierce blitz package. McNair is not as fleet of foot as he once was, but incorporating some rollouts and waggles this week might also be beneficial.[/QUOTE


I see no reason not to throw the ball right away if Baltimore stacks the box. Rivers has thrown no pics, has a very quick release and has three guys he go to for outlets. This is a game where Gates and Vincent Jackson can create monumental mismatches if Baltimore crowds the line of scrimmage. My first play from scrimmage is play action or a reverse. That half back pass is also an immediate option. I also go no huddle for the first couple of series, including at least one play from the shotgun. I don't see any problems allowing Rivers to throw at will against these guys. This is an ideal time to open up with something unexpected from a formation that looks familiar.:icon_banana: