San Diego Charges into Fins' Territory

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2008

Week five of the NFL season is coming up and the Miami Dolphins are ready to face the San Diego Chargers. This is sure to be a game filled with attacks on the ground, rather than from the air.

The Chargers and Dolphins both have incredibly good running games. The Chargers boast a running attack with LaDanian Tomlinson and the highly underrated Darren Sproles. San Diego will start Tomlinson and will use Sproles in different situations, such as screen plays and runs for long yardage.

Miami has probably one of the best running tandems in the NFL, with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. These two ripped apart the once mighty New England Patriots just two weeks ago. Miami will have to run the ball 35-40 times, in order to stay close with a talented San Diego team.

The Chargers have a solid passing game, with much improved quarterback Phillip Rivers. San Diego also has a very respectable receiving core, with Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson. Rivers has shown he can be a great passer, torching opposing defenses, most recently the New York Jets.

Miami's passing game is starting to show slow improvements, week by week. Quarterback Chad Pennington has shown he can be deadly with his veteran presence and incredibly accurate throws. If the Dolphins can have Pennington throw 15-20 passes in tomorrow's game the Dolphins chances of winning will be that much better.

This team plays its best when the running game tires out the opposing defense and Pennington makes short, safe passes. Pennington has been able to utilize the Dolphins young receiving core, but tight ends Anthony Fasano and David Martin seem to be the best options for Pennington through the passing game.

This should be a closely contested football game, with smash-mouth running plays and solid defensive play.

Prediction: Chargers 34, Dolphins 27