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Chargers converting to complete contender

Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:42 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 5:27 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Philip Rivers didn't post raw "MVP numbers" on Sunday night as San Diego manhandled Indianapolis on the road .

But he didn't need to -- the Chargers played like a complete team from start to finish and, despite sitting at 6-5, took on the appearance of an elite team in the NFL.

It warrants mentioning that they've historically dominated the Colts and Peyton Manning in recent years -- any number of statistical comparison will show you how much worse Manning is against the Bolts than the rest of the league. And things can change quickly -- after all, it's been the rare occasion this year when we've been able to name someone "elite."

But the Chargers, having made the necessary changes to put veterans on the special teams unit to fix their one really problematic area, look like they're getting there, even if they can't explain why they get so hot so quickly after a slow start to the season.

"I don't know, but hopefully we can keep it going -- we got it going good right now" Rivers said after the game. "When you talk about a team win, this is just what it was. We got turnovers on defeense, we didn't turn it over on offense, we covered kicks and we didn't get kicks blocked, and when you do that, most of the time you're going to win."

That seems blasé, but it's true -- don't make mistakes and you'll win football games.

On the hand, in Manning's case, if you lob up a 31/48, 285-yard, two TD and four interception line for the evening, things might not go so well. Those stats didn't lie on Sunday night, and they provide direct evidence of a quarterback who was consistently flustered by a Chargers defense that dominated the Colts at the line of scrimmage, refused to allow Indy to run, snuffed out screen passes and generally looked more prepared than their opponent.

That's not all Peyton's fault, because the Colts simply can't run, and they knew that going in. San Diego has a stupendous defense, and Indy, with 24 rushing yards on 13 carries, didn't ever really bother trying to establish a ground game.

For Rivers, however, the stats are a bit deceiving -- he was helped by a defense that took two interceptions to the house and a special teams unit that was on point, something that troubled them earlier in the year. All that while dealing with a still-injured Antonio Gates and a re-sidelined (this time for a calf injury) Vincent Jackson.

But he was efficient as hell, going 19/23 for 185 yards, throwing short passes when Indy tightened up over the top, and allowing the ground game to turn what seemed like a shootout into a grinder of a game.

"It turned into that," Rivers said "We found out early on they weren't going to let us throw it over their head. I threw as many checkdowns tonight as I have in a long time."

The weird thing, though, is that most people who watched this game understand that Rivers not forcing passes and picking up a huge road win in whatever way it took is the real sign of an MVP. Yeah, he might not catch Dan Marino for the single-season passing record now, but if the Chargers keep developing like they have over the past four weeks, there's a pretty good chance he'll have a chance to catch him in total Super Bowl rings.

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Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:09 pm

Chargers converting to complete contender

And as far as the Chargers playing in a weak division, well, KC isn't so bad. But in return for our weak division, SD cleared the AFC South. That sits well enough with me, no matter how you attempt to discredit.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:02 pm

Chargers converting to complete contender

Nah, Peyton is no fool. I think that is the reason he underperformed. If you are as wise and talented as Peyton, and charged with leading a team, you know what must be done. Most QB's have to face teams they can't expect to beat, and sometimes they still win for trying. I don't think Peyton ever thought he would win this years regular season game. 
He knows his team is depleted, and he knew that it wouldn't be enough to hold off SD. At that point I think it was up to Peyton to decide whether or not he felt lucky. My guess is that he didn't. His whole team didn't. They all wore the same look, from the start of the game to the finish. Not just Peyton.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:33 pm

Chargers converting to complete contender

The Mick - even Peyton admitted he didn't play well.  You think his performance was "pretty good"?  You are the only one in America.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:44 am
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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:27 am

Chargers converting to complete contender

At least half of Manning's TDs were bounce-off-the-recievers cases -which should be called "receiver errors" instead of interceptions.  With most of of his key receivers out or hurting -including Wayne who was on the field- and no running game to speak of, I think Manning's performance was pretty good.

But remember that the Colts were 6-4 and no the monsters of the past.  It way too early to apply the anointing oil to the inconsistent Chargers, as Parcells used to say.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:57 am

Chargers converting to complete contender

C'mon fellow Pats fans, I too am not a Phillip Rivers fan, but give the dude some props.
I'm tired of hearing how Peyton Manning is out there all by himself. Phillip Rivers has been puttig up his season stats with all his so-called stars missing too, and he HAS NOT CRIED about it like Mr. Manning did last night after the loss.
Hell, I'd like to go out and paste the list of players that have been IR'd in Brady's seasons and he's NEVER EVER mentioned it, other than saying it DOES NOT matter, you have to have guys step up.
Props to the Bolts win last night, they beat the hell out of the Colts in their homer dome, something NE should carbon copy when facing Manning.
There were some flags that by TODAY's rules could have been thrown, although I was fine with the way the game was called, usually the refs will not allow that to happen to Peyton and his team on any field much less their homer dome.
I could careless about a seasonal MVP award, the only time the MVP means anything is when it's handed out at the end of the Superbowl.
Anyway.......wtg Chargers.
Another thing.....remember this kids, NO team can control the quality of it's Division opponents and it changes from year to year.
Hell if they go ahead and change to the LAME 18 game season, teams will be able to have a losing record in their Division and still win the Division. That will be PATHETIC, although I'm sure winning your Division won't even mean anything pretty soon. First they'll go to 18 games than they'll wipe out the Divisions and just have two Conferences AFC & NFC. Don't laugh it could happen.
REMEMBER: ANY WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS is this phrase this Commish lives by.

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