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San Diego Chargers Vs Jacksonville Jaguars: 10 Pre-Game Thoughts and Observation

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 17, 2010

San Diego Chargers Vs Jacksonville Jaguars: 10 Pre-Game Thoughts and Observation

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    The San Diego Chargers looked like a high school team on Monday night. What's even worse, their quarterback acted like one during the game.

    I'm not a hater of the Chargers but I'm not a fan either. I did sit down this past Monday night to watch the game and I watched the more then a few tantrums that Philip Rivers threw during the game.

    This team can use the rain as an excuse all they want but when push comes to shove, they didn't perform like they should. They thought they could walk into Kansas City and get the win without really making much of an effort.

    When they were shell shocked by a long touchdown run, a punt return for a touchdown, and another score after a fumble recovery.

    The Chargers spent more time confused, wondering how to recover from that, they forgot how to play football.

    They will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and absolutely need a win to overcome the lackluster performance against the Chiefs

    They can't drop two straight games to teams that had losing records last season. Can they?

Ryan Mathews Needs To Be Given More Than One Game

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    One game does not a Hall of Famer make.

    While I'm sitting down watching the Monday night game, I'm also monitoring Twitter just to see what fans were saying.

    During the Chargers game, the same tweeter badmouthed Mathews for what seemed an endless amount of tweets.

    Ryan is not going to be the best running back in the NFL right off the bat. He's a rookie and he's going to make his mistakes. If you watched this kid in college and you see what kind of pontential he has, you'll give him more than one game in his rookie year to show what he can do.

Philip, You Looked Foolish.

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    Screaming at your teammates, getting in your coaches face. Sounds like I'm talking about Terrell Owens doesn't it?

    Nope. I'm talking about Philip Rivers. It was a shameful display and not one that I would expect from him.

    I understand frustration but if you really want to be known as the "lead dog" of this team, you need to be able to keep your head on your shoulders.

Game Blacked Out By The NFL

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    Not surprised that the San Diego Chargers will be blacked out for the first time since 2004. If the Padres are averaging less than 30,000 fans per game and have been sitting in first place for most of the season, I don't expect the Chargers to get the fans needed for the blackout to be lifted.

Patrick Crayton Sighting

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    I expected to see Patrick Crayton get a few touches this past Monday night but I don't think I saw him one time.

    The Chargers need him on Sunday. So would the real Patrick Crayton please stand up.

There Are 18 Weeks In an NFL Season Right?

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    I don't think I've ever seen the bandwagon jumping that went on this past weekend and I'm not just talking about the Chargers.

    But after one game, is there really a reason to be standing at the edge of the proverbial cliff a.k.a. the Chargers bandwagon and wondering if you should jump off after a loss to the Chiefs?

    You do realize there are 18 weeks in an NFL season right? Or are you reacting like this with your college team too?

Jamaal Charles Is No Maurice Jones-Drew

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    Jamaal Charles looked like LaDainian Tomlinson against the Chargers last week, running right past the defense and playing "follow the leader" with safety Eric Weddle.

    Well, the Chargers will face an even better running back in former UCLA Bruin Maurice Jones-Drew. I hope Weddle doesn't start sweating profusely every time he sees Drew get the ball.

Just Do What You Do, Mr. Gates

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    I know you can't do it all Antonio Gates, but your teammates will come around. I'm sure of it. At least I think I am.

     

Did Norv Turner Really Channel Dennis Green?

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    Coach Turner, during post game comments, told the media, "I have a pretty good feel for what our football team is, who we are and where we're going. I wasn't going to let that be swayed a great deal whether we won the game or didn't win the game."

    Am I the only one that thinks he channeled a little bit of Dennis Green's "they are who we THOUGHT THEY WERE, and we LET 'EM OFF THE HOOK."

Kassim Osgood Would Love To Beat The Chargers

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    Another post game quote from Chargers' head coach Norv Turner. "A year ago, when we lost all the guys throughout the year, we were able to replace them. I believe we can replace anyone who's not here. I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about people who aren't here."

    Does Turner not like Osgood? I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about people who aren't here?

    Osgood caught the winning touchdown pass for the Jaguards last weekend against the Denver Broncos and would love to have an even better showing against his former team.

San Diego Super Chargers

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    The Chargers will rule this day but not in blowout fashion. They'll make mistakes, Rivers may throw an interception or two, but they'll overcome it.

    Chargers win, Chargers win. Fans, don't jump off the bandwagon just yet.

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