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Old 01-05-2009, 10:22 AM   #11
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I'll be rocking it here in SD too, just so you know. I also saw lots of yellow towels at the Chargers game, I wondered if some people were using them as Charger towels......
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I'm not delusional about Rivera's "turnaround". But the fact is the defense is playing a lot better now. Ted Cottrell had these guys constantly out of position and playing with no intensity whatsoever. I believe they're giving up at least 7 points less per game since Rivera took over at mid-season.

Yeah, pretty underwhelming compared to the Steelers. But it at least gives us "hope".

I mean, the Steelers put up 11 points on the Chargers in the last game. I don't see them putting up 30 now.

Matter of fact, i don't see either team putting up more than 20. Probably more like a 13-10 final.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:27 PM   #14
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The Steelers Offense put up 400+ yards of offense last game. Obviously things are going to be different.
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The Bolts have something that is being overlooked. When Ron Rivera was here in Chicago, the Bears won the NFC b/c of the turnover ratio. For the Bolts to pull an unlikely upset, they will have to exploit the Steelers O. Ben in particular, who can be prone to making mistakes when frustrated(very similar attitude as Brett Favre IMHO).

In the first eight games, the Charger defense allowed 24.8 points per game. In the last nine, it has allowed 18.3. After having 11 takeaways in their first 11 games, the Chargers have 13 in their last six.

The only way to negate a Steeler D with almost no weakness is to win the turnover battle. The Bolts will need to be +2 in this game for any hope of a W.


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I'm not delusional about Rivera's "turnaround". But the fact is the defense is playing a lot better now. Ted Cottrell had these guys constantly out of position and playing with no intensity whatsoever. I believe they're giving up at least 7 points less per game since Rivera took over at mid-season.

Yeah, pretty underwhelming compared to the Steelers. But it at least gives us "hope".

I mean, the Steelers put up 11 points on the Chargers in the last game. I don't see them putting up 30 now.

Matter of fact, i don't see either team putting up more than 20. Probably more like a 13-10 final.
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Hmm, I guess my last posting made too much sense.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:07 PM   #17
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The Bolts have something that is being overlooked. When Ron Rivera was here in Chicago, the Bears won the NFC b/c of the turnover ratio. For the Bolts to pull an unlikely upset, they will have to exploit the Steelers O. Ben in particular, who can be prone to making mistakes when frustrated(very similar attitude as Brett Favre IMHO).

In the first eight games, the Charger defense allowed 24.8 points per game. In the last nine, it has allowed 18.3. After having 11 takeaways in their first 11 games, the Chargers have 13 in their last six.

The only way to negate a Steeler D with almost no weakness is to win the turnover battle. The Bolts will need to be +2 in this game for any hope of a W.
Yes. Turnovers have been key. Cooper has played much better in coverage and his 3 INTs in 3 weeks was a huge factor in the winning streak.

Luis Castillo has also finally returned to playing real football.

I usually don't even bring up the "turnover battle" because it goes without saying. Although last week we lost the turnover battle and still won the game.

Rivera has been praised for his attention to detail. so I still can't figure out how he overlooked that friggin' quick snap by Peyton for 6 last week.

BTW - Cromartie is our worst CB. If the steelers attack him, their receiver will win the battle. He's a mental midget with a football IQ of -1.
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Over half of your turnovers came from the Broncos and the Raiders, that's 2 games. Let's not make it sound like the Chargers are consistently causing a huge difference in the turnover battle.
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Over half of your turnovers came from the Broncos and the Raiders, that's 2 games. Let's not make it sound like the Chargers are consistently causing a huge difference in the turnover battle.
Turnovers helped vs. Tampa and KC also. Although with KC it was an onside kick that saved our ass.

You gotta count turnovers as a factor during a winning streak, just as you had to count a lack of them as a factor during the losing streak.

Like I said, I rarely bring 'em up because it's a given that if you take the ball away more times than you give it away... the results are usually very good.
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Turnovers helped vs. Tampa and KC also. Although with KC it was an onside kick that saved our ass.

You gotta count turnovers as a factor during a winning streak, just as you had to count a lack of them as a factor during the losing streak.

Like I said, I rarely bring 'em up because it's a given that if you take the ball away more times than you give it away... the results are usually very good.
Anyone of you Bolt fans have a breakdown on where exactly your "improved" defense ranks during your winning streak? I'd like to see those numbers.
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