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Old 12-13-2012, 07:25 AM
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The San Diego Chargers aim for their second consecutive victory on Sunday when they return to Qualcomm Stadium to host the Carolina Panthers. The Chargers look for their first win against the NFC South this season, as they enter the game 0-3 with losses to the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A Look Back At Last Week
The Chargers snapped a four game losing streak in resounding fashion, recording their first ever regular season victory in Pittsburgh with a 34-24 win over the Steelers. Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns and 200 yards, while Danario Alexander continued his strong play by catching a pair of TDs.

On defense, Quentin Jammer recovered a fumble in the end zone for the unitís seventh touchdown of the season, tying the Chicago Bears for most by a defense in the NFL.

What to Watch ForÖ

On Offense for the Chargers
The 34 points scored against Pittsburgh was the most ever in the Steel City for a Bolts team, and was made possible due to a number of unsung heroes who figure to play a key role this week against the Panthers.

Micheal Spurlock played in his first game since being re-claimed by the Chargers on Nov. 29 and caught all seven passes thrown his direction, including five third-down catches that went for first downs. Meanwhile, Reggie Wells and Kevin Haslam started at right and left tackle, and the Chargersí offensive line allowed only one sack in 42 pass opportunities.

Wells had just re-signed with the Chargers on Dec. 5 after having been released earlier in the season, while Haslam, who started the season on the practice squad, made his first career start at left tackle.

On Offense for the Panthers
The Panthers boast a dangerous offense led by dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton, the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after winning a national championship and the Heisman Trophy as a junior at Auburn.

Newton went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2011 and this season has accounted for nearly 4,000 yards of total offense and 23 touchdowns. As a passer, Newton has completed 227 of 390 for 3,220 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. As a runner, heís carried the ball 104 times for 640 yards, including a career-long 72-yard touchdown run last Sunday that gave the Panthers a 23-0 lead over the Atlanta Falcons.

Newtonís top receiving target, wide receiver Steve Smith, comes into Sundayís game just one yard shy of his seventh-career 1,000-yard season, while tight end Greg Olsen leads the Panthers with seven touchdowns on 54 catches for 691 yards. Wide receiver Brandon LaFellís 17.0-yard receiving average (34-577-4) leads the team.

On Defense for the Chargers
The Chargers rank ninth in the NFL in total defense (335.5 yards per game) and theyíre fourth against the run (92.5). The Chargers have held six of their 13 opponents this season to less than 75 yards on the ground, including holding Pittsburgh to just 69 yards on 17 carries last Sunday at Heinz Field.

Corey Liuget has a sack in each of the last three games. He leads San Diegoís D-line in sacks (5), tackles (47), tackles for loss (10) and passes defensed (9). Liugetís nine passes defensed are second in the NFL among defensive linemen behind only Houstonís J.J. Wattís 15. Kendall Reyes, a rookie defensive end and the teamís second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, leads the defensive line with 12 quarterback pressures.

On Defense for the Panthers
The Panthers operate a 4-3 front, and ends Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson lead the unit with nine and 8.5 sacks, respectively. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, a rookie and the teamís first-round pick from Boston College, leads the NFL with 130 tackles.

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Haruki Nakamura lead Carolinaís defense with two interceptions apiece, while both of Munnerlynís have gone for touchdowns, including a 74-yarder against Tampa Bay on Nov. 18.

Series History

The Chargers and Panthers have met just four times and Carolina leads the series, 3-1. They havenít met since a 26-24 win by Carolina in San Diego in the 2008 season opener. The Bolts lone win in the series was a 17-6 decision in Charlotte in 2004.

By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers rank 27th in total offense (319.9 yards per game), 19th in passing (225.0 ypg), 27th in rushing (94.9 ypg) and 18th in points (22.5). The Panthers rank 16th in total offense (353.7 ypg), 17th in passing (234.6 ypg), 11th in rushing (119.1 ypg) and 23rd in points (20.4)

Defensively, the Bolts rank ninth in total defense (335.5 ypg), 22nd in passing (242.9 ypg), fourth in rushing (92.5 ypg) and 16th in points allowed (21.6). Carolina ranks 15th in total defense (348.8 ypg), 12th in passing (227.2 ypg), 21st in rushing (121.6 ypg) and 21st in points allowed (24.0).

Milestones on the Horizon
Norv Turner will coach his 100th-career game for the Chargers (playoffs included) on Sunday when the Chargers host Carolina. Last Sunday, Turner led the Chargers to their first-ever regular-season win in Pittsburgh and he received a game ball in the locker room from team president Dean Spanos after the game. Turner improved his all-time record as Chargers head coach to 57-42.

Turner (116) ranks 32nd in NFL history for career wins. Turner needs one win to tie Dennis Green (117) for 31st and two to tie George Allen (118) for 30th. Former Chargers coach Sid Gillman is 29th with 123 wins.

Philip Rivers has thrown for 3,169 yards and needs just 331 over the final three games to become the first Chargers quarterback ever with five-straight seasons of 3,500- or-more passing yards.

The Chargers need three regular-season victories to reach 400 all-time.

The Chargersí all-time regular-season record is 397-393-11.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:54 AM
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By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers offense 18th in points (22.5)
The Panthers offense 23rd in points (20.4)

Defensively, the Bolts rank 16th in points allowed (21.6).
Carolina ranks 21st in points allowed (24.0).
The only stats that really matter. Bolts win!!!!
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:27 AM
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I forsee us losing this one due to being over confident in our victory hangover.
We may lead by the half but Norv will either make no adjustments or the wrong ones and we get smoked in the second half.
I love my chargers and would never root for a loss but in reality, its better in the long run as it gets us a better draft selection.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:49 AM
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I think were gonna win this one...ill be on field level screaming my head off at Cam....even though the current status of the chargers sucks big time,its sill chargers all dayyyyyyy.......lets go bolts and finish strong
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Thanks you for a good read.
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The San Diego Chargers aim for their second consecutive victory on Sunday when they return to Qualcomm Stadium to host the Carolina Panthers. The Chargers look for their first win against the NFC South this season, as they enter the game 0-3 with losses to the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A Look Back At Last Week
The Chargers snapped a four game losing streak in resounding fashion, recording their first ever regular season victory in Pittsburgh with a 34-24 win over the Steelers. Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns and 200 yards, while Danario Alexander continued his strong play by catching a pair of TDs.

On defense, Quentin Jammer recovered a fumble in the end zone for the unitís seventh touchdown of the season, tying the Chicago Bears for most by a defense in the NFL.

What to Watch ForÖ

On Offense for the Chargers
The 34 points scored against Pittsburgh was the most ever in the Steel City for a Bolts team, and was made possible due to a number of unsung heroes who figure to play a key role this week against the Panthers.

Micheal Spurlock played in his first game since being re-claimed by the Chargers on Nov. 29 and caught all seven passes thrown his direction, including five third-down catches that went for first downs. Meanwhile, Reggie Wells and Kevin Haslam started at right and left tackle, and the Chargersí offensive line allowed only one sack in 42 pass opportunities.

Wells had just re-signed with the Chargers on Dec. 5 after having been released earlier in the season, while Haslam, who started the season on the practice squad, made his first career start at left tackle.

On Offense for the Panthers
The Panthers boast a dangerous offense led by dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton, the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after winning a national championship and the Heisman Trophy as a junior at Auburn.

Newton went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2011 and this season has accounted for nearly 4,000 yards of total offense and 23 touchdowns. As a passer, Newton has completed 227 of 390 for 3,220 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. As a runner, heís carried the ball 104 times for 640 yards, including a career-long 72-yard touchdown run last Sunday that gave the Panthers a 23-0 lead over the Atlanta Falcons.

Newtonís top receiving target, wide receiver Steve Smith, comes into Sundayís game just one yard shy of his seventh-career 1,000-yard season, while tight end Greg Olsen leads the Panthers with seven touchdowns on 54 catches for 691 yards. Wide receiver Brandon LaFellís 17.0-yard receiving average (34-577-4) leads the team.

On Defense for the Chargers
The Chargers rank ninth in the NFL in total defense (335.5 yards per game) and theyíre fourth against the run (92.5). The Chargers have held six of their 13 opponents this season to less than 75 yards on the ground, including holding Pittsburgh to just 69 yards on 17 carries last Sunday at Heinz Field.

Corey Liuget has a sack in each of the last three games. He leads San Diegoís D-line in sacks (5), tackles (47), tackles for loss (10) and passes defensed (9). Liugetís nine passes defensed are second in the NFL among defensive linemen behind only Houstonís J.J. Wattís 15. Kendall Reyes, a rookie defensive end and the teamís second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, leads the defensive line with 12 quarterback pressures.

On Defense for the Panthers
The Panthers operate a 4-3 front, and ends Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson lead the unit with nine and 8.5 sacks, respectively. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, a rookie and the teamís first-round pick from Boston College, leads the NFL with 130 tackles.

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Haruki Nakamura lead Carolinaís defense with two interceptions apiece, while both of Munnerlynís have gone for touchdowns, including a 74-yarder against Tampa Bay on Nov. 18.

Series History

The Chargers and Panthers have met just four times and Carolina leads the series, 3-1. They havenít met since a 26-24 win by Carolina in San Diego in the 2008 season opener. The Bolts lone win in the series was a 17-6 decision in Charlotte in 2004.

By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers rank 27th in total offense (319.9 yards per game), 19th in passing (225.0 ypg), 27th in rushing (94.9 ypg) and 18th in points (22.5). The Panthers rank 16th in total offense (353.7 ypg), 17th in passing (234.6 ypg), 11th in rushing (119.1 ypg) and 23rd in points (20.4)

Defensively, the Bolts rank ninth in total defense (335.5 ypg), 22nd in passing (242.9 ypg), fourth in rushing (92.5 ypg) and 16th in points allowed (21.6). Carolina ranks 15th in total defense (348.8 ypg), 12th in passing (227.2 ypg), 21st in rushing (121.6 ypg) and 21st in points allowed (24.0).

Milestones on the Horizon
Norv Turner will coach his 100th-career game for the Chargers (playoffs included) on Sunday when the Chargers host Carolina. Last Sunday, Turner led the Chargers to their first-ever regular-season win in Pittsburgh and he received a game ball in the locker room from team president Dean Spanos after the game. Turner improved his all-time record as Chargers head coach to 57-42.

Turner (116) ranks 32nd in NFL history for career wins. Turner needs one win to tie Dennis Green (117) for 31st and two to tie George Allen (118) for 30th. Former Chargers coach Sid Gillman is 29th with 123 wins.

Philip Rivers has thrown for 3,169 yards and needs just 331 over the final three games to become the first Chargers quarterback ever with five-straight seasons of 3,500- or-more passing yards.

The Chargers need three regular-season victories to reach 400 all-time.

The Chargersí all-time regular-season record is 397-393-11.
ugh... What nauseating stats... Trying to spin some positives Norv's way.
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Looks like its going to be cold and rainy Sunday. I hope that means Phil will be wearing gloves again.
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Looks like its going to be cold and rainy Sunday. I hope that means Phil will be wearing gloves again.
1-0 with gloves on. Yeaaaaahhhh buuuuddddy! Also, very impressive stats from Liuget. Anyone remember the Bleacher Report Article from this past offseason saying Liuget was the biggest bust in that draft. Ok, sure.
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Roethlisberger: coming off injury, relatively immobile. Newton: no problem running. Result: ineffective pass rush, Charger loss. Watch out for those 4th and 29 situations!
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The only stats that really matter. Bolts win!!!!
yeah, right? Or the Chargers have a losing season, and the franchise goes in a new direction?..
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