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Chargers offense is banged up at the wrong time

San Diego is 2-4, and need to get their best win of the season against the Patriots Sunday to avoid a potentially fatal start to the 2010 campaign.

They may have to do it without a huge chunk of their offense.

We know wide receiver Malcom Floyd is out. So is kicker Nate Kaeding.  Other offensive starters missing from Wednesday’s practice: tight end Antonio Gates, wide receiver Legedu Naanee, and running back Ryan Mathews. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune points out, those players account for 59% of San Diego’s yards this season. 

Mathews will definitely play against the Patriots, but the receivers are less certain.  Coach Norv Turner hopes Gates can return Thursday.  Naanee ran on the side of practice Wednesday after missing last week’s game.

I’ve given Philip Rivers a lot of love as a truly MVP-caliber quarterback the last two years.  The Chargers are going to need his very best Sunday to avoid going 2-5.

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25 Responses to “Chargers offense is banged up at the wrong time”
  1. DEMOLITION says: Oct 20, 2010 8:30 PM

    You give him a lot of love? Makes sense on all the Raider hate now.

  2. 8ball says: Oct 20, 2010 8:32 PM

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    Take the under
    .

  3. Dostovel says: Oct 20, 2010 8:43 PM

    Of course the Chargers are going to bomb! Another great year to be a Charger fan. Nothing is going to get “better” until the owners rethink their position on AJ/Norv.

  4. smashmouthd says: Oct 20, 2010 8:56 PM

    Damn man, look at all these comments!!!
    The Chargers are about as relevant to the NFL this year as the Bills are.
    Smith let LT go, Jackson sit at home, etc. etc. and of course Norv has been HC there for a while, and when has that ever been good for a team?

  5. Mike_in_Texas says: Oct 20, 2010 9:11 PM

    1st MVP QB to carry his team to a 6-10 season yet wins the MVP because he has better #’s than P.Manning + Vince Young + Matt Cassel combined ..

  6. dannymac17 says: Oct 20, 2010 9:25 PM

    what is mike talking about? they will never give it to Rivers cause hes a mouthy mofo. and why on earth would you put matt cassel and vince young in the same sentence as peyton manning? where can i get some of that proverbial good stuff you smokin

  7. redje says: Oct 20, 2010 9:36 PM

    Injuries are murdering this team. Down to 3rd string at olb and now same predicament at receiver. As if shooting themselves in their collective foot wasn’t bad enough. So much for that cake start. It sure don’t look good

  8. Black QB White RB says: Oct 20, 2010 9:49 PM

    west coast Cowboys………….loaded with talent and poorly coached. not to mention the GM who fires the first clown to come along and go 14-2…….

  9. scrapdawg12 says: Oct 20, 2010 10:53 PM

    Give Mathews the ball early and often!

  10. Kiss Bills Rings says: Oct 20, 2010 11:22 PM

    I’m so sick of the Mathews/Tolbert thing…REST MATHEWS TILL HE’S 100% for the love of GOD & then give him the rock & let him go all out…this week after week of missing practice then minimal carries is a JOKE!!!!
    Turner, YOU BLOW!!!!!!

  11. Phuq Ewe says: Oct 21, 2010 1:02 AM

    To put it in perspective, Norv Turner is not the Captain of the Titanic, he is the Iceberg!

  12. smithopher says: Oct 21, 2010 1:06 AM

    The Chargers don’t have a shot at beating the Patriots, and wouldn’t even if they had everybody… The Patriots are too good.

  13. HolyMoly says: Oct 21, 2010 1:55 AM

    This really sucks for my fantasy teams.

  14. clintonrb says: Oct 21, 2010 4:02 AM

    At least the fans won’t be able to completely blame norv when they go on a six game losing streak

  15. crazyguy says: Oct 21, 2010 5:53 AM

    Good thing this wasn’t a Packers post… No excuses! That’s what you would get.

  16. contract says: Oct 21, 2010 6:00 AM

    This is karma’s way of biting AJ Smith on the ass for being an ass.

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 21, 2010 7:05 AM

    crazyguy says: October 21, 2010 5:53 AM
    Good thing this wasn’t a Packers post… No excuses! That’s what you would get.
    *********************************************************
    There are NO excuses, crazyguy.
    Injuries are part of the game, the better the team is, the better they deal with them.
    It’s very simple.

  18. GRpatriot says: Oct 21, 2010 8:26 AM

    Tha Patriot Way is back in full force. No shotgun formations in the final drive verses the Ravens.
    The SD Dee will have to play straight up…
    The Patriot Dee is improving every game! The Patriot TE’s will dictate the offense this week!

  19. Jasonb says: Oct 21, 2010 9:33 AM

    Chargers will shock people and beat the Patriots. 1) They are at home and 2) They will play harder against the Patriots
    As demonstrated late vs the Rams.. Rivers will throw to any receiver out there willing to catch and won’t just give up if his best targets are out

  20. JetLove214 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:35 AM

    Good luck SD your going to need it. Although this is the time of year when you guys normally remember how to win again. However its going to be tough sledding considering the injuries and a rejuvenated New England team what is trying to keep pace with the Jets.

  21. GDBroker says: Oct 21, 2010 9:36 AM

    Tell me Charger fans aren’t blaming injuries. Pats have lost their top CB (Bodden), top RB (Faulk), reserve S (McGowan), starting G (Kaczur) and starting LDE (Warren) to IR. That list doesn’t even include missing the starting RB (Taylor) most of the year, or trading Moss or their top OL (Mankins) out unsigned. Every team has to deal with injuries.

  22. crazyguy says: Oct 21, 2010 10:01 AM

    You are right… injuries are part of the game. It can also derail a season. A team may have SB aspirations but then half their D and a couple main keys of their offense are gone for the season. SB is still the goal but you can’t tell me that it doesn’t change the complexity of a team. Everything changes. Plans change. The league changes. Suddenly, you are not as strong as once thought. It doesn’t make you a worse team, just not as deep or talented than if your starters are in.
    It is not an excuse, it is a fact.

  23. Electrogasm says: Oct 21, 2010 11:14 AM

    @smithopher says:
    The Chargers don’t have a shot at beating the Patriots, and wouldn’t even if they had everybody… The Patriots are too good.
    *************
    Even with injuries the Chargers are 2.5 – 3.0 point favorites.
    I think someone who knows more than you thinks they do.

  24. Tinbender says: Oct 21, 2010 12:18 PM

    The Raiders And the Rams beat the Chargers. Now with half the offense hurt they are 2.5-3.0 favorites against the Patriots? WTF, does someone in Vegas know the Patriot’s plane is going to crash or what?

  25. rusH1023 says: Oct 21, 2010 12:54 PM

    Jasonb says:
    Chargers will shock people and beat the Patriots. 1) They are at home and 2) They will play harder against the Patriots
    As demonstrated late vs the Rams.. Rivers will throw to any receiver out there willing to catch and won’t just give up if his best targets are out
    ________________________________
    As a Patriots fan, this worries me. Too many people seem to think the “bumps in the road” for the young Patriots defense are over. Well, I guess I’m one of the only ones left to say, ‘It’s not over.’ There will be growing pains. They could manifest themselves this week.
    With that said, though, without Gates, the pressure is on Buster “The Bust” Davis and Patrick Crayton. Ouch.
    Go Pats!!

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