San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots: 5 Keys to Victory in Foxborough

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San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots: 5 Keys to Victory in Foxborough
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By Mike Callaham

Coming out of Foxborough with a win is a daunting challenge for any club, at any point of an NFL season. As well, based on what New England did to Miami out behind the woodshed last Monday, the Patriots showed no signs of losing the edge they've maintained under Tom Brady's leadership.

But Miami is not San Diego, and what few outside of coach Bill Belichick's inner circle know, is that the 2011 Chargers are designed, engineered and constructed for beating the New England Patriots.

True, New England has won nine straight home openers going into Sunday's matchup—but the laws of probability dictate, in no uncertain terms, that all streaks must end and that the odds of continuing any streak diminish exponentially each time it is extended.

Not to imply that the Chargers will stroll in and out of Foxborough Stadium with the upset barring a performance for the ages. However, if the Chargers team that opened up the second half last week, out-scoring the Vikings 17-0 and holding them to 187 total yards on offense, shows up this weekend, the Patriots' impressive streak of home-opening victories is in serious jeopardy.

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