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    Thought it would be interesting to see what people in San Diego are saying about Sunday's matchup.



    Chargers scouting report: Patriots - SignOnSanDiego.com
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    Debating what's wrong with Chargers - SignOnSanDiego.com



    Then there is portion further along in the column; does this sound familiar at all?
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    Ninkovich: Chargers are ‘going to be dangerous’ | Chris Price, WEEI | Its Is What It Is



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    The Pats should be able to beat the Chargers on Sunday.

    In fact, this would be a terrible letdown after that great comeback against the Ravens.

    Despite the Chargers record, any AFC is important and the Pats shouldn't take lightly.
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    Edelman misses practice with concussion | Chris Price, WEEI | It Is What It Is



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    Three players to watch


    TOM BRADY, QB: The Chargers had enough trouble with boyish-looking rookie Sam Bradford on Sunday, and he’s nowhere near the challenge of GQ cover boy Tom Brady, the "Q" standing for quarterback and the "G" for glamor-guy and guts. "Just Brady being Brady" was how Ravens head coach John Harbaugh described the surgical efficiency with which his mad-dog defense was picked apart by the former MVP, playing with a tender shoulder. For the record, Brady’s 2-2 in four regular-season starts against the Chargers, but he’s won both postseason games and has an overall touchdown-to-interception ratio of 12-10.

    DEION WELKER, WR: Actually, that’s the combination of Deion Branch and Wes Welker , the latter of whom has come back from what could’ve been a career-ending knee injury and the former of whom has come back to New England from four-plus years with the Seattle Seahawks. With all the hand-wringing in New England over the trade of Randy Moss , the loss of the deep ball and double-team coverage that freed up Welker to produce first down after first down, Brady hit Branch with nine passes for 98 yards and a TD last Sunday. The Chargers already have had their hands full with Branch this season, needing cornerback Antoine Cason to punch out the ball from Branch’s grasp at the goal line to negate his catch-and-run on a 42-yard touchdown play by the Seahawks. Welker, of course, is only about the peskiest wideout in the NFL.

    JEROD MAYO, LB: Instead of following the ball when the other team is on offense and trying to run, you can pretty much just keep your eyes on Mayo the whole time, because chances are that he and and ball are going to wind up at the same place. The former No. 1 draft choice and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (‘08) is second in the league in total tackles, most recently with 18 against Baltimore and 14 the game before that against Miami.

    Series history
    Over the past several years of games both important and controversial, the Pats may have become the Chargers’ most intense rival, division foes included. New England eliminated the Chargers from the postseasons of both 2006 and ‘07, the latter denying San Diego a Super Bowl. The Chargers have won three of the last four regular-season matchups, including the last two at Qualcomm Stadium. On the strength of 10 straight wins from 1973-2001, the Pats hold the overall series lead, 18-14-2.

    Familiar faces
    Patriots guard Stephen Neal is a product of San Diego High, where he distinguished himself most prominently as a top wrestler.

    Did you know?
    Welker began his career as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Chargers, who waived him after he’d played one game. Knew that, huh? Well, did you know that after the Miami Dolphins immediately signed Welker, he ran back a kickoff for touchdown and booted a field goal against the Patriots as the emergency placekicker.

    Quote
    "I hate that song. First time I heard that (Chargers celebration) song was when I was with the Giants and we played out there. They had [Wes] Chandler, they had [Chuck] Muncie, they had [Kellen ] Winslow, [John ] Jefferson, [Dan ] Fouts, and it was a track meet. They didn’t get through playing that song before they had scored again and they started playing it again. ‘San Diego Super Chargers,’ that’s still ringing in my head . . . so, yeah, I don’t like to hear that song."
    _ Pats head coach Bill Belichick before the 2008 AFC Championship game
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    And then there is the solitary Charger fan who fails miserably in a feeble attempt to rally his fellow fans from San Diego:

    Pats coming to town is just what the doctor ordered - Chargers.com forums

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    HAHA my favorite part is the one about the weak schedule. I'll give him the Bills and even the Bengals (and that's a stretch to call them "weak"). But Miami in Miami is ALWAYS hard for the Pats, and until last week's game, Baltimore and NYJ were considered by most analysts to be in the top three teams of the NFL.

    It's a borderline delusional comment from a bitter fan of a team that pretends they're classy so they can ignore the fact that their fingers are cold and ringless.
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    "Stay Classy San Diego."
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    Check out the crappy video of himself he posted in his sig

    YouTube - San Diego Chargers #1 Fan!

    LMAO :rofl:
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    I just hope that the youngsters don't get complacent, fat, and happy after the comeback victory against the Ravens. It's been mentioned often around here, but this could very well be a trap game coming up. San Diego is a team the generally gets up for the Pats given the history between the two teams. The crowd should be raucous as well. Even though he's either missing his best weapons, or they're injured, Rivers is still capable of abusing this secondary as he throws one of the best long balls in the league. Defensively, they're a crew that's shown the ability to give Brady fits in the past. So we're going to have to play smart.

    However, with that said, we should be able to move the ball against them both through the air and on the ground. The Chargers have pretty good statistical rankings on defense, but they haven't exactly faced powerhouse offenses this season. In that regard, we're the first real test for them. On passing downs, look for our TE's to be used early and often (especially Hernandez). The Chargers have good cornerbacks that could pose problems for our receivers so the TE's should be used to exploit match-up issues against their LB's and safeties. Defensively, I expect to see us do what we have done lately against the run, which is throw Wilfork in at LDE, Warren/Wright/Pryor at the nose, and either Deaderick or Brace at RDE. If our OLB's can do as good of a job at setting the edge as they've done in the last couple of games, we should be able to funnel a lot of runs up the middle and into the waiting hands of Mayo and Spikes.
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    Nice little report in the Patriots blog about how some of the players are looking back to 2008 for motivation...

    Players look to '08 loss for motivation
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    I was about to say I wanted to have a talk with this guy...now I can. Thank you for posting the video good sir
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    Belichick's message: Chargers a good team, despite record by Robert Lee of the Providence Journal
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    I really hope they aren't seriously thinking they have the top rated defense? Last time I checked they haven't played a team that had a top 20 offense. Maybe on paper. On the other hand we have the top scoring offense so nah nah nah.

    Still this game has my intense attention as far as the Pats playing a top flight QB like Rivers. I really want to see what this defense can do, like as in have they figured it out
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    Here's a full transcript of Belicheck's Q&A today; he also talks about Sebastian Vollmer, Jerod Mayo, the MLB position and more.

    Belichick: We're All Very Impressed With The Chargers by Mike Petraglia of WEEI
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    And we think the local media is tough on the hometown team here?

    Norv Turner Is The Chargers' Wrecking Ball

    Lack of discipline, lack of discipline off the field, distractions, unpreparedness, injuries, ... here's his summary:
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    I like Phil Rivers as a QB but with no OL, this defense could be ravenous for an opportunity to attack the passer amd push him to dump short passes to a depleted receiving corps

    Our defense could grow a bit more in this game - I'm hopeful it will be part of the turning point of the season as a young defense comes of age

    I disagree with this though

    This is more like 2001 than 2007 - and to a certain degree I like it that way (as long as someone develops into a deep threat WR)
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    It's funny, for some reason when I see 'Turner' and 'San Diego', my first thought is still Michael Turner. For whatever reason I don't think of Norv unless I see his first name. If made the headline up I'd remove the word Turner and replace it with Norv.

    Has Turner's Time Come?
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    Pats to play band of underachievers by Glen Farley for the MetroWest Daily News
    Farley goes on to compare Turner to Rod Rust, and notes how Norv has earned the distinction of being the fastest coach in league history to reach the 100-loss plateau.
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    We need to get the rushing game going and stick with it, even if it stalls in the beginning. Every game the Patriots have out rushed their opponent they've won this year. It doesn't matter if it's BJGE leading the way or a committee approach with help from guys like Tate / Hernandez. The offense needs help from the ground game.

    Game 1
    NE - 118
    CIN - 87

    Game 2
    NYJ - 136
    NE - 52

    Game 3
    BUF - 134
    NE - 200

    Game 4
    NE - 119
    MIA - 92

    Game 5
    BAL - 99
    NE - 127
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    This is where we find out just how mature this Patriot team is. This is a very winnable game but it's a road game on the left coast and the Bolts have one of the better QB's in football. The Patriots O should be able to move the ball all day long. The key to this game will be limiting the possessions given to Rivers and not turning the ball over.
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