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|01-11-2007, 04:26 PM||#1|
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The biggest game-planning questions
must read, especially if your putting money on the games. i find this particularly interresting cause it uses the steelers for an example:
the pats will play to shut down LT and force p. rivers to beat them, just like teams such as the ravens, chargers, and jaguars, played to shut down willie and take their chances with ben. for the chargers to win rivers will have to have a mistake free game and gates will have to come up big. with r. harrison out, that is entirely possible.
|01-12-2007, 09:37 PM||#2|
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Re: The biggest game-planning questions
If the Chargers think they are going to just run the ball on the Pats with LT I think that would be a serious mistake. So I think Philip Rivers is the key but important to Rivers success is also Antonio Gates. A TE like Gates that can control the middle of the field is important in the play-offs. One thing to consider also true LT might struggle at first on the ground but he can be used as weapon out of the backfield as a reciever. Yes Rivers never starting a play-off game is a concern.
But he isn't a typical rookie QB making his first play-off start like Ben was in 2004. He is in his third year now and is an intelligent QB. I don't think he is going to bothered by the pressure. I have a feeling Rivers is going to be just fine in this game and the Chargers pull out the win. I see a tight/close game in the first half but the Chargers pull away in the second half by opening things up for LT by passing the ball early.
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