September 25, 2005
Well, that was fun. Seriously, San Diego needed this game. Already two in the hole, the next several weeks presents a brutal schedule with such teams as: New England, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Philly...ouch. If they lost tonight, they could pretty much have written the season off. This game had a playoff intensity about it.
The Chargers played hard and they played to win, and my hat's off to them. To be honest I'm a lot less annoyed at the loss itself as I am of the fact that San Diego's star running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, was so often referred to as "L.T."
There is only ONE L.T. and that's Hall Of Fame Linebacker #56 Lawrence Taylor. And to have the announcers on ESPN constantly singing "L.T.'s" praises really got on my nerves. Let the guy come up with his own friggin' nickname.
Anyway, I was impressed with Eli Manning's poise throughout this game. He never got rattled, not once. And he kept making awesome passes well after the game seemed to get out of reach. And to come back from a 21-3 deficit and end the second half within one point of Chargers was encouraging. Manning has proven that good things will happen in his career. This is only the beginning.
I've heard people say this week that the Chargers are not really an 0-2 team. That's a crock. If you have no wins and two losses then guess what? You're an 0-2 team and you earned that record. Potential is for shit in the NFL.
Face it, there are a few elite teams in the league, a few dogs, and on any given Sunday any of those teams in the middle is capable of beating any other team in the middle. Parity in Pro Football is the reality. So I don't care how "good" on paper a team is supposed to be. If they don't play well, they're going to get their asses handed to them.
Now the Chargers may very well beat the Giants tonight. But if they do it's not because they "should be able to", it'll be because they played smarter, harder and better.
But my money is on New York. If San Diego is really better than their record would indicate, they're going to have to prove it.
Posted by: Victor at September 26, 2005 08:11 AM (L3qPK)
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