San Diego Chargers Tickets for the 2013 season are on sale now. Philp Rivers and the rest of the SD Chargers are looking to rebound once again from a disappointing season. With home games at Qualcomm Stadium against the Colts, Broncos and the always unpredictable Dallas Cowboys it will be a tough run for the Chargers. New head coach Mike McCoy will be leading the new style and system for the Chargers.
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Chargers barley alive in playoff contention
After starting the season 4-3 the San Diego Chargers were right in the midst of playoff contention in the AFC West heading into the bye week. With a winnable game at Washington followed by a home matchup versus the Denver Broncos the Chargers had a real opportunity to define their season. After losing a bitter game in overtime to the Washington Redskins after a disputed Danny Woodhead touchdown the Chargers returned home and suffered a tough home defeat to the Broncos. Peyton Manning engineered three first half touchdown drives to give the Broncos a commanding 21-6 lead. The Chargers would attempt to claw their way back but never really got back into the game. With a 4-5 record the Chargers can still make a run at the playoffs, but face a must win game this coming weekend versus the Dolphins in Miami.
Where the game was won: The Broncos ran out to a 21-6 halftime lead behind three touchdown passes from Peyton Manning. The Chargers veteran quarterback was his usual efficient self, throwing for 330 yards without an interception. He set the tone early by hitting Julius Thomas on a 74-yard touchdown pass on the Broncos opening drive. After consecutive punts Manning led Denver on consecutive long drives to end the half and put the Broncos into a lead they would not relinquish. Star Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas would catch the next three Manning touchdown passes, matching a career high for touchdown receptions in a game. Thomas was a tough matchup for the Chargers secondary all day, catching 7 passes for 108 yards. Like they have all season the Chargers dominated the time of possession, unfortunately they were no match for the big play Denver offense.
Up next for the Chargers: San Diego heads to Miami to face a Dolphins team, who have been making more news off the field in recent weeks. The Dolphins have been the talk of the National Football League after left tackle Jonathon Martin left the team last week, accusing guard Richie Incognito of "bullying". The Dolphins would go on to suspend their Pro Bowl guard, leading to a non-typical bye week with the national media spotlight firmly on the Dolphins. It's the kind of attention that Head Coach Joe Philbin doesn't want and it will be interesting to see how the Dolphins react. To a person the locker room has supported Incognito in the matter. On the field Miami has been your classic .500 team. They have a record of 4-4 (prior to their Monday Night Football matchup with Tampa Bay) and have been outscored by their opponents by 13 points this season. The Dolphins can play effective defense, especially with the return of elite pass rushing Cameron Wake. Ryan Tannehill is a young and mobile quarterback capable of making big plays. The key to victory for the Chargers is to continue their ball control offense and to eliminate turnovers.
Prediction: The Chargers pick up a key win on the road to remain in playoff contention. 28-24 Chargers.
By: Chris Michaels