Thanks to my good buddy Bam Bam for help putting together the attached photo which you can download in preparation for next week's game. I already distributed it via Twitter and will post it again next week. Yeah, I think it's that important. But we'll talk about the next game next issue. I've still got a lot to say about the last one. It really is as if the football gods finally decided "Look, we heard your complaints last year about the Chargers not getting out of September without a handful of losses, especially to 'lesser' opponents. So here's what we'll do--you will win every one of those games you are expected to but you will look as bad as humanly possible while doing so. You'll come out of the month with a good record but you won't get to enjoy a single second of it along the way. You'll be left with as little confidence as humanly possible that your team will beat a quality opponent the rest of the way."
I guess we can all live with that. The Chargers themselves appear to know that they can't get away with the sloppiness that's plauged them thus far. At this point I am seriously concerned about the play of Philip Rivers. As much as everyone wants to point to the fact that he was throwing to nobodys last year and put up great numbers, they seem to forget that he made some key mistakes which led to those losses. We all remember him complaining to the refs while the Traitors were scooping up the ball en route to the winning touchdown. Again, everyone pointed to the special teams as the reason we lost that game, but we still pulled ahead. We just couldn't make a stop or avoid turning it over in the red zone. To his credit, Rivers has moved better than ever before. It had gotten to the point that even when it looked like he could run for a first down defenses never had to worry about him taking off. Now they need to think twice. It should open things up a bit.