Charged Up: Bill Belichick Benefits Chargers with Blunder vs. Colts?

Eric GomezAnalyst INovember 17, 2009

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 15:  Phillip Rivers #17 quarterback of the San Diego Chargers directs his teammates against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium on November 15, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Game recaps are a thing of the past.

Let's face it, it takes way fewer than 1,000 monkeys banging on 1,000 typewriters for 1,000 years to churn out a decent NFL post-game stat sheet.

SportsCenter's on your iPhone and on the web, 24 hours a day.

Even if you missed that, by the time you pick up your morning paper the next day, you already heard about it on the radio and the morning news on TV.

Admit it, you didn't come here for no stinkin' recap.

You're here for fresh, hard-hitting analysis that takes no prisoners and has no vested interest in "playing nice" with Chargers players and brass.

And that's what you're going to get from now on with "Charged Up."


The Chargers beat a solid Eagles team last Sunday behind a balanced offensive attack and smart offensive playcalling in the early going.

Wildcat plays from Legedu Naanee and LT kept Philly's D at bay, not to mention a brilliantly drawn up pass to Mike Tolbert of all people, who scampered in for an easy score.

Up 28-9 in the third quarter, Norv Turner decided 45 minutes of football was enough, and put his dogs on a leash. Ron Rivera complied with the strategy.

The result? Donovan McNabb carves your defense up and marches down the field twice for 14 points in less than five minutes.

I guess Rivera didn't want to establish a pattern of violent behavior for Shawne Merriman now that Tila Tequila is suing Merriman for that incident back in September.

Listen, I get that the Chargers pass rush hadn't been able to put significant pressure on McNabb for the entire game, but why stop trying? When has playing the prevent defense actually stopped a Pro Bowl-caliber QB and his team from moving the ball?

Norv should just feel lucky that Antonio Cromartie didn't inadvertently pop the ball up into Jason Avant's hands during that final desperation heave with no time remaining.

He should also be relieved that it was Philadelphia and not, say, New Orleans or Indianapolis coming back on him. Right, Mr. Belichick?

Speaking of that Pats-Colts game, the fact that home-field advantage may already be won by Indy could work in the Chargers' favor.

Hear me out.

Not only do the Chargers have a superb track record against the Indianapolis Colts during the past few years, heck, they've traded better shots against the Patriots at times, but San Diego's offense is just as explosive and even more air-based than Indianapolis.

Assuming Indy doesn't implode in the playoffs like they usually do, you can expect to play one or two games at home and then travel to that over-sized garage in Indiana to face the Colts.

In the dome, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, and Pierre Garcon are just as dangerous as Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd, and Antonio Gates.

Plus, the battle in the air between Rivers and Peyton Manning will draw attention away from the inevitably injured LT sulking on the sideline.

Too soon?

Is it just me, or is everyone else deranged, saying LT is "back" now that he scored twice and—nearly—ran for 100 yards last week?

Listen, I guess I hold LT to a higher standard than most. I know he's not going to attain 2006 form ever again.

But when did we ever get this excited about LT getting 96 yards in a game? Ever? In fact, it actually speaks volumes about his unfortunate decline.

If 2006 LT would've gotten news that his wife was pregnant before a game; he would've rushed for 850 yards and scored seven touchdowns.

In that game.

Last week, he finally gets in on whatever-and-goal inside the five on one play and then skips into the end zone on the O-line's first decent blocking play of the season from the 20.

Kris Dielman could've scored on that play with that blocking. Wearing concrete shoes. Carrying Rosie O'Donnell under his other arm.

Let him sustain this level for three or four games, and then we can start crowing about LT being "back."

What do we got next week? Oh, boy—Denver.

The grief San Diego fans get after every slow start about "disappearing" and being bandwagoners is overwhelming.

I got e-mails, Facebook comments, and IMs from seemingly every person in Colorado for the first month or so of the season.


Now I imitate cricket chirps every time I log on.


Now you've potentially got either Kyle Orton on one foot (who's been awful anyway these past three weeks) or Chris Simms (who's always awful) going against the Chargers at Mile High next week in a game that's going to define first place for the time being.


Better start icing up those calves now, Knowshon and Correll.