San Diego Chargers: Winners and Losers Through Week 4

Jonathan MaldonadoContributor IIIOctober 4, 2011

San Diego Chargers: Winners and Losers Through Week 4

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    Through Week 4 of the 2011 NFL season, the San Diego chargers are a host to their own cast of winners and losers as they continue their quest to finally win the Super Bowl under Norv Turner.

    The Bolts are 3-1 at the quarter mark of the season and do look to be in good shape to contend.

    San Diego's only loss this season so far is to the New England Patriots and have taken care of the rest of the sub par competition they have faced so far.

    Let's take a look at who is winning in San Diego, and who needs to leave the L column.

    Don't be afraid to add your own winners and losers in the comments!

Losing: Bob Sanders

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    Chargers fans will not be seeing this image again for the remainders of this season.

    For the fourth straight year, Bob Sanders, a two-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion strong safety, has been placed on injured reserve.

    Bob Sanders, when healthy, has displayed defensive brilliance through his career, which began as an Indianapolis Colt.

    Without Sanders, the Chargers defense lacks in the safety position and that's a double loss. One for Sanders' season and one for the Bolts' D.

Losing: Antonio Gates

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    Antonio Gates has undoubtedly established himself as one of the best tight ends in the game and one of the Pro Bowl regulars.

    Gates has missed the last two games with a foot injury and talks about a Chargers' split with Gates has sprung up around the league and sporting world.

    The Chargers are 6-1 without Gates since Gates became a starter. The idea that the Bolts are better without Gates has ESPN talking.

Winning: Norv Turner

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    The San Diego Chargers have begun every year under Norv Turner at 2-3.

    Since 2007, Week 5 has seen the Chargers at a losing record. There is still no Super Bowl to celebrate, but recovery from the slow starts is usually a constant in San Diego.

    This season Turner is 3-1 through four games, making it impossible to match those records. There is no better way for Turner to begin his fifth year with the franchise.

    Granted the schedule has been extremely fair through four games, with the New England Patriots being the only winning team they have played. The other three teams have only one win amongst them through Week 4, those teams being the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins.

    The rest of the schedule is difficult for the Chargers and fans can only hope Turner keeps improving on his best start as head coach in San Diego.

Winning: Philip Rivers

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    Honestly, this can go either way, but chalk quarterback Philip Rivers in with a W for now.

    The first three weeks saw Rivers throw six interceptions. Nothing promising about that statistic.

    Week 4 included no interceptions for Rivers, and in sports, improvement is everything. Even if it comes against the 0-4 Miami Dolphins.

    Rivers was much more conservative in Week 4, and even threw with his left hand to avoid a possible fumble or late hit.

    Should the season have started with this game and continued into interception troubles, Philips would be a loser at this point. However, Rivers displayed better focus and can continue to do so against the struggling Denver Broncos in Week 5.