For eleven days beginning on December 18, Qualcomm Stadium, football home of the San Diego Chargers and San Diego State Aztecs, will carry a temporary new moniker: Snapdragon Stadium. Snapdragon processors by Qualcomm are the digital brains inside mobile devices made by top manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Nokia, and HTC. Snapdragon Stadium will host the Chargers-Ravens game on December 18, the Poinsettia Bowl on December 21, and the Holiday Bowl on December 28.
Offense: Malcom Floyd
This is going to sound a bit weird, but Malcom Floyd looks like he might be the most important player on offense for the Chargers this season. When he's out there, he not only seems to make Philip Rivers' more comfortable, he opens up Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates and the running game in ways that they can't get open without him. I say this knowing that Malcom should never be a #1 WR in this league, but Floyd has become the best deep-threat and big play threat on the team. Not the best WR, that's still Jackson, but Floyd makes Safeties freak out when he's on their side of the field.
Floyd also missed most of that 6 game losing streak by San Diego earlier this season. The team is 7-3 when Malcom plays this year, and that's not even accounting for how much better he is when he is playing healthy.
Defense: Eric Weddle
This was nearly Antwan Barnes, as I wondered where the team would be without his 11 sacks in 2011, but Eric Weddle has been both the best and the most important player on the defense every week. He's taken himself from being a "very good player" to being a playmaker, and is currently tied for the league lead in interceptions. Even when the Chargers defense is missing players and assignments, they never fall apart completely because of all of the ways that Weddle picks up the slack.
It would've been great to see Weddle and Bob Sanders play together for the entire season, but even without him Weddle has shown that he's one of the top Safeties in the league and doesn't need any help on defense to make plays.
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