Thursday, September 4, 2008

NFL Preview Show Extravaganza: San Diego Chargers

We're down to our final team in the AFC. We'll do a doubleheader of the Packers and Bucs on Friday. For now though, we wrap up the AFC West and the AFC with the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers were the one team that really proved me wrong last year. I was waiting to see this team fall flat on their face and they never got around to it. Instead, the Chargers won the AFC West (easily) and knocked off Tennessee and Indianapolis to get all the way to the AFC Championship.

By far though, the Chargers win over the Colts was impressive in itself because they did it without LaDainian Tomlinson and Phillip Rivers. This team flat out refused to quit and it showed in the playoffs. In fact, the Chargers stuck with the Patriots up until the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game. Can the 2008 Chargers have the same amount of success as the Chargers from 2007 and 2006?

One man who will be out on the field this Sunday when the Chargers play is linebacker Shawne Merriman. The Pro Bowl linebacker has two ligament tears. Merriman has sought several opinions and all recommend surgery. Why Merriman isn't opting for the surgery is a mystery. Your guess is just as good as mine at this point and time.

Merriman and the Chargers open up the 2008 season at home when they face the Carolina Panthers. At home, the Chargers will face New England, New York (Jets) and Atlanta. On the road, the Chargers will face Miami, Buffalo and New Orleans.

Time for those burnin' questions (yearbook style):
  • Phillip Rivers gets injured how many times this season: 3 times

  • Passing yards for Rivers: 2700

  • Touchdowns for Rivers: 21

  • Interceptions: 16

  • Rushing yards for LT: 1200

  • Rushing touchdowns for LT: 11

  • Number of Vizio commercials for LT: 2

  • Leading receiver: Vincent Jackson

  • Shawne Merriman "Lights Out" dances: He better avoid it for safety knee reasons

  • Seasons Norv Turner has left as coach: 3

  • San Diego Chargers Fun Fact: Paul Lowe is second all-time on the Chargers rushing list with 4972 (LT is first as I'm sure you knew)

  • Coolest names (Top 3): Mike Scifres, Jacob Hester, Cletis Gordon

  • 80s song to best describe team: Paradise City- GNR

  • In 2008, the Chargers will: Go 8-8

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