During the Norv Turner era, I've had a philosophy about the first half. It is that the coaches are so good at halftime adjustments that if the teams were tied (or the Chargers were in the lead) at the half, it was San Diego's game to lose. If San Diego was down by 7 points, it was about 50/50. Down by 14.....well, I don't think that has happened enough to know what will happen.
Let's get all of these out of the way right now...
- The weather sucks. It was hampered the passing offense and most likely contributing to the Ryan Mathews fumble.
- The crowd is loud, and they're not going to give the momentum back to the Chargers easily. They have played a big part in the lack of discipline and execution.
- Kassim Osgood is missed, but before everyone starts calling for AJ's head just remember that the guy wasn't going to stay here unless the Chargers let him be a WR.
- As predicted, Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster are very fast and very dangerous.
- If the Chargers are going to win this game, the run defense needs to get a lot better fast and Philip Rivers (9-17, 77 yards) needs to play a near perfect half of football.
- The biggest problem is probably that, due to my day-long battle with the flu, I watched the first half without a Chargers jersey on my back. This has been corrected (powder blue #17). So, things should be turning around soon.