Sunday, October 31, 2010

Chargers prevail in clash with the Titans, 33-25

Perhaps the Chargers season isn't lost after all.  The Chargers snapped their three game losing streak on Sunday, with a comeback win over the first place Titans, 33-25.  According to reports, Norv Turner, who has taken a lot of crap from me on this blog, delivered a fiery speech that may have saved the season.  The Chargers turned a halftime deficit into a key victory.

The Chargers still look pathetic on special teams, as Mike Scifres had a punt blocked, that resulted in a Titans safety.  The Chargers were able to force the Titans to punt on the ensuing series.  I am baffled that Steve Crosby is still employed.

Philip River lead the way on the Chargers second drive, taking the Bolts on a 16 play, 83 yard drive that was capped by a Mike Tolbert 1 yard TD run.

Vince Young, who has an 0-4 record against San Diego, played well enough to win.  He made several big plays in the first half, hitting tight end Jared Cook on a 36 yard completion, that helped set up a Titans field goal.  On the next Titans drive, he completed passes of 24,26, and 28 yards.  He hooked up with Craig Stevens on a one yard completion, to give the Titans a 12-7 lead.  Young was only 10-21, but threw for 253 yards, and two scores.  He left the game in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury.

The Chargers looked finished when the Titans went up 19-7, with Chris Johnson scoring on a 29 yard TD run.  The run was quite impressive, as he embarrassed several Chargers in the process.  Besides that run, Johnson didn't do much, rushing for just 59 yards.

The Chargers offense started to click at the end of the second half, as Rivers led a TD drive that ended with Ryan Mathews scoring from 7 yards out.  The Chargers walked into the locker room with a 5 point deficit.

After cutting the deficit down to 2, the Chargers went ahead for good, when Rivers found the dynamic Antonio Gates for 48 yard touchdown.  Gates had another brilliant game, going for 123 yards on 5 catches, and a score.  Plus, he is single-handily carrying my fantasy team.

After a Kris Brown field goal put the Chargers up 27-19, the Chargers secondary had a major breakdown, as Vince Young found a wide-open Nate Washington on a 71 yard strike.  Washington didn't have a Charger defender within 20 yards of him on the play.  The Titans failed to cash-in on the 2 point conversion, and the Chargers still had a 2 point lead.

The Chargers scored on the ensuing drive, with Philip Rivers connecting with Darren Sproles on a 13 yard reception, that gave the Chargers an 8 point lead.  The Chargers could have put the game away simply by converting the extra point, but Mike Scifres fumbled the snap and the Charger botched a simple extra point.

The Titans had one last shot, but backup QB Kerry Collins threw a pass that star RB Chris Johnson dropped on a fourth and two play.  When the dust cleared the Chargers had their 3rd victory of the season.

If the Chargers had a competent special teams unit, Philip Rivers would be a runaway MVP candidate.  He is currently on pace to break the record for most passing yards in a season, already having five 300 yard passing games this season.  Three of the four receivers the Chargers had active are undrafted free agents.  No matter who plays at receiver, Rivers just makes plays.

The Chargers stand at 3-5, going into their bye-week.

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