The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock sat down today to discuss his thoughts about Thursday’s Chargers-Chiefs game. Here is what he had to say about the team and what he thinks the Bolts need to do to get a win.
“I always love calling division battles, especially when you’re talking about the AFC West which is so tight. There are so many storylines. If you look back to the first game between these two teams, I thought Kansas City got out of character turning the ball over five times in the first half. That is atypical of what I expect for this game. What I’m looking forward to is watching how well Kansas City is or isn’t at running the football and if the Chargers defense can make Matt Cassel one dimensional. And offensively for San Diego, I’m really anxious to watch Philip Rivers and his receivers. They seem a little bit out of sync and I’m hoping that they can get it going again. They are playing pretty solid defense, so I think they just need to be more consistent offensively. That’s what it comes down to. If they turn the ball over, they lose. If they don’t they win. It’s a pretty simple equation.”
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The San Diego Chargers announced their injury report this afternoon for Thursday’s game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
Eddie Royal (hamstring) is listed as doubtful.
Robert Meachem (hamstring) and Chris Carr (quad) are questionable.
Jared Gaither (groin), Vaughn Martin (neck), Jonas Mouton (hip) and Takeo Spikes (elbow) are all probable.
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Ever wonder what it’d be like to play a game of cornhole with the Charger Girls? That’s just one of a handful of fun things these two brothers found to while tailgating at Qualcomm. Take a look at what went down in the parking lots of a recent game as these boys travel the country attempting to hit 32 tailgates at 32 stadiums.
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The conditions were pretty bad out there, but that’s no excuse. It’s part of the game. Football is one of the only sports that are played in every type of weather. It’s something I’ve been a part of for a long time, having grown up in New Hampshire and played at UConn. It was nothing new to me, but it did make me appreciate the weather we have here in San Diego even more!
It’s pretty tough having to come right back and play on Thursday night. But again, that’s part of the game. Our trainers are doing a good job taking care of us and letting us get our bodies back so we can play this game on Thursday. We’re spending extra time in the cold tub and doing a little bit more stretching. It’s the little things like that that really will help us get right.
Now the focus needs to be on Kansas City. I can’t wait to come home in front of our fans. I want to see you guys out there really bringing it. The more into the game you guys get the better we play. It’s a big game, and it’s always good to have a loud house in front of a division rival. So we really need you.
Alright, that about does it. I want to answer some fan questions next week, so leave me some in the comments below.
Till next time,
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The San Diego Chargers just announced their injury report for Sunday’s game in Cleveland.
Eddie Royal (hamstring) and Jonas Mouton (hip) are both listed as questionable.
Jared Gaither (groin), Nick Hardwick (abdomen), Vaughn Martin (neck) and Shareece Wright (foot) are listed as probable.
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I had a good time with the days off we had. Was good to get refreshed and refocused for the rest of the season. I relaxed for the first day and didn’t really do much. I woke up the next morning and got a good workout in. Then I had a few friends come visit for the weekend so we kinda hung out and I showed off this great city. They loved San Diego. We went to Mission Beach for the day, and then went to a bunch of haunted houses, so that was a lot of fun. We went to one downtown and another at Balboa Park.
But now it feels real good to be back. We’re all focused and determined to come away from Cleveland with a win. We’re hungry and ready to play.
It’s a little bit weird because we play on Sunday then come right back and have another one on Thursday. That’s two games in a five day span. I’ve never done anything like that and I don’t think a lot of us have. But it will be exciting.
Well it’s time to head to another meeting. I’ll catch you all next week between games.
Till next time,
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The following was written and submitted by kicker Nick Novak
It’s been an emotional week with the team’s decision regarding Nate Kaeding. I’ve treated every week since I’ve been here like I’m the kicker, but to see him get hurt like he did and have his season here end, it was still tough to see. Nate worked his tail off to get healthy after last season, so I feel badly for him. He is a great guy and I wish him all the best.
It’s also been a whirlwind month for me since I rejoined the Chargers. After I got released at the end of camp, I spent my time training at SDSU. I was kicking with some of the other kickers in the area like Michael Husted and John Carney. So I was just kicking in the area when I got the call, and I think I mentioned it before that I was so excited to get it that I backed up into a pole. This is what I’ve worked for my entire career, to kick in this league. And to kick for the team I grew up rooting for as a kid, it makes it extra special.
I’m very lucky to have Coach Bisaccia here. He’s one of the best and knows how to get the most out of you. At this point in my career I’m blessed to have him as a coach. I know a lot of times fans don’t get to see much that a coach does, especially at practice, but he is an amazing guy to work with.
A lot of people come up to me and ask what kicks in my career stand out in my mind. Every kick is special, but the two that stick out in my mind was a game-winner I hit when I was with the Redskins to beat the Cowboys, and then another one I kicked to beat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime. But to be honest, every field goal I kick in the National Football League is an honor. When you see that ball go through the uprights, the rest of the guys work so hard all game, so when you’re called upon to put points on the board, there’s no other feeling in the world quite like that.
The other question I get is how I handle the pressure when the game is on the line. But I don’t find it to be pressure. I find kicking to be the best job in the world because it’s all in what we make of it. If you have the right mindset that you’re just going out there to do what you’ve trained your entire life to do, that’s just fun. It’s not pressure. What’s pressure is when you are making only $20,000 a year and need to feed an entire family and kids. That puts it all into perspective.
Football is really a huge part of my life. But when I’m not kicking, I like to wind down by watching movies. Some of my favorites are “Chariots of Fire” and “Braveheart.” Those are the kind of movies I watch a lot, so if you have any recommendations let me know.
Well that’s about it for me. I want to thank you all for reading this blog. And thanks for sticking with us. We still control our destiny, and there’s nothing but great things I feel in the future for us. So keep the faith.
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On his conference call with San Diego media today, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said the number one player his team needs to watch out for is Philip Rivers.
Here is his exact quote:
“(Rivers) is a top flight quarterback in the league. We’ve got a great deal of respect for Philip. We’ve got a great understanding that he’s a winner. All quarterbacks that play have games where they have bad plays. It’s just a reality of it. We know that he’s going to come in here and play his best football.”
Do you agree with Shurmur? Let us know what player you think will be the key to winning Sunday’s game in Cleveland in the comments below.
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The Chargers have a chance to climb over the .500 mark this Sunday in Cleveland. Here are some key notes to get you ready for the game at the Browns.
• San Diego leads the series with the Browns, 14-7-1. The Chargers have won four straight matchups, seven of the last eight and nine of the last 11. That includes three straight wins in Cleveland. The team’s last loss in Cleveland came in 2001.
• The Chargers lead the NFL in run defense, allowing just 71.2 yards per game. Four opponents were held under 60 yards: Oakland (45), Tennessee (38), New Orleans (53) and Denver (57).
• Philip Rivers is 2-0 versus the Browns and has a 118 quarterback rating in the two games (37-53-584, 2 TDs, 0 ints).
• Rivers has an overall record of 40-8 in games in which he has a passer rating of 100.0 or higher. He is the Chargers’ all-time leader in completion percentage (63.7%) and his percentage in 2012 is 66.5%.
• Rivers has started 102 consecutive games. Eli Manning is the only quarterback with more consecutive starts (126).
• Antonio Gates (8,007 yards receiving) moved into fourth on NFL’s all-time list for yards receiving among tight ends. He is 178 yards behind Dallas’ Jason Witten. In Week 3, he became only the fifth tight end in NFL history with 600 career catches.
• Gates has 78 touchdown catches, three behind the Chargers’ all-time leader, Lance Alworth, who has 81.
• The tandem of Rivers-Gates has connected on 51 touchdown passes, most by a QB-TE tandem in NFL history.
• Eric Weddle’s nine interceptions over the past 22 games (since 2011) leads the NFL.
• Shaun Phillips has 64.5 career sacks, fourth in team history. Phillips needs one sack to tie Lee Williams (65.5) for third, and he needs 2.5 to tie Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (67) for second. Phillips leads the team with 4.5 sacks, 11 pressures and six quarterback hits. He will make his 99th start on Sunday.
• Mike Scifres’ has 516 career punts, including 206 inside the 20-yard line. Of all of the players with 500 career punts, Scifres has the highest percentage of punts landed inside the 20 (39.9%) in NFL history. He needs just three punts to tied Dennis Partee for second-most punts in team history (519).
• Quentin Jammer has a chance to make an interception in a third-consecutive game for the first time in his career on Sunday.
• Norv Turner has 114 career wins, tying Don Coryell on the NFL’s all-time wins list. Turner has the best winning percentage in team history (52-34, .605 in regular season and 55-37, .598 overall).
• With a win in Week 2, A.J. Smith became the winningest general manager in franchise history. The team now has 94 wins in 2003-12 under Smith. The team won 92 games under Hall of Fame GM/coach Sid Gilman.
• Twenty-one of the 53 active players are new to the active roster this year: 11 of 25 offensive players and 10 of 25 defensive players.
• The Chargers play the sixth toughest schedule in 2012, based on their opponents’ .520 winning percentage in 2011.
• The Chargers will travel the third-most regular-season air miles of any team in the NFL (25,766). Only Oakland (28,692) and Seattle (26,200) will fly more air miles than the Bolts in 2012.
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Head coach Norv Turner opened up his press conference this afternoon by addressing the league’s investigation into whether or not the Chargers were using an illegal “sticky” substance during its game against the Denver Broncos last Monday night.
Here is what he had to say:
“I might as well get to it right off the bat so you don’t have to bother with the questions. Nobody from the San Diego Chargers used stickum in the game on Monday night against the Denver Broncos. Nobody in this organization has used stickum in any game. The question that has been asked by the league involves a towel that has been used by this organization for over 10 years. It’s been used by a lot of teams in this league. The towel is used to dry the balls, dry the gloves the players wear and their arms. The league is looking into the towel. That’s about where we’re at.”
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