December; it's a wonderful month for most. In football, the month of December is a critical one. Teams are fighting it out for a playoff spot week after week. Some teams can hold up under the pressure, while others can’t.
The month of December is usually a good one for one particular team. That team being the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers have won their last straight 15 December games. Impressive, huh? Their star quarterback, Philip Rivers, hasn't even lost a game in December as a starter.
The team hopes to continue their impressive winning streak in the month this year. Their December debut against the Cleveland Browns last week was anything but comfortable, however.
That week is behind them now and in the past. The potential playoff team is now looking ahead as they prepare themselves to take on the Dallas Cowboys.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys are practically the opposite of Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Romo and the Cowboys can’t win in December and Rivers and the Chargers can.
Those stats mean nothing, however. Each team is fighting to maintain the top of their division with teams hot on each of their tails. Either team cannot afford to slip with January lurking in the shadows.
As the Chargers were all gewgly-eyed over the nice billion dollar stadium they were going to be playing in this weekend, the Cowboys were once again named "the team that can't win in December".
Although it is a very nice stadium, the Chargers have to remain focused on the game they are playing, not where they are playing it.
Being the one dimensional team that they are, the Bolts will have to fight hard for a win this Sunday. Even though they are quite one dimensional, they do perform that one dimension well and will need to this week.
Rivers is at the top of his game and with the receiving core to back him up; he is one of the most dangerous passers in the game.
With Rivers leading the offense, the Chargers defense is pretty banged up, however. With many starters out or not fully healthy, the defense is practically saying "hey Cowboys, you can run the ball or pass it! Either way you’re going to be effective".
Rookies and backups will most likely have to step into some pretty big shoes and give it their all against a talented offense. Thankfully, the team has Rivers and company to answer to many potential Dallas points.
If the Chargers want any chance at a win on Sunday, they must finish the game! There is four quarters in football, not one, not two, not three. They need to put Dallas behind and stop the run. If they get the whole game onto Romo's shoulders, there is a possibility of a T.O. quality melt down.
The Chargers have a great chance of playing a great game and coming out of the glamorous stadium with yet another win. The team, after all, isn't ready to let Dallas get a taste of a victory in this magical month of December.