San Diego Chargers Weddle, Sanders Have Huge Test Against Patriots and Tom Brady

Camrin BaucomContributor IIISeptember 16, 2011

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Aaron Hernandez #85 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Tyrone Carter #21 and Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Sunday's game against the Patriots will put San Diego Charger safeties Eric Weddle and Bob Sanders to the test.

Weddle and Sanders are to go up against a very reputable Patriots offense led by quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick

With Brady racking up over 500 passing yards in last Monday night's game against the Dolphins, the Chargers prepare for war amongst the plethora of receivers at Brady's disposal, especially New England tight ends Aaron Hernandez, Rob and Dan Gronkowski. Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski combined for 13 receptions, 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Chargers safety Bob Sanders is very familiar on how the Patriots operate, what with being in the fiery rivalry with the Patriots when he was with the Colts. Sanders has 28 tackles and one interception in four career games against the New England Patriots.

Chargers safety opposite Sanders, Eric Weddle, hasn't seen the Patriots offense as often as Sanders. Although, in just three games against the Patriots, Weddle has had 21 tackles, 11 of which came against former backup quarterback Matt Cassel, who stood in for Brady when he was sidelined for the season. Aside from the lack of playing time studying off of Tom Brady, Weddle has the same average of numbers as Bob Sanders.

What does this mean?

It means that the Chargers have a sense of defensive balance in the backfield. While the cornerbacks cover wide receivers, as they are known for doing, Weddle and Sanders can manage the inside threats, such as the Pats' tight ends.

If Weddle and Sanders have to help out in open field for corners on wide receivers, they are more than capable of doing so.