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timsatt1
09-29-2007, 12:28 AM
by Rich Eisen

Best team at 1-2 through the First 3/17ths of the Season Award:
This is a tough one, but for the second consecutive First 3/17ths ceremony, it's the San Diego Chargers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/sandiegochargers/profile?team=SD). Two years ago, when the Chargers won (triumphantly!) the inaugural Best Team at 1-2 Award, it was a much simpler choice -- LaDanian Tomlinson had just come off a 246-total-yard performance against the New York Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG). This year, L.T. has only 229 total yards through the first three games. His frustration boiled over in full view Sunday, as he jawed with quarterback Philip Rivers (http://www.nfl.com/players/philiprivers/profile?id=RIV651634) on the sidelines ... and Rivers had started the game connecting on his first 15 passes!
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It's tough to put your finger on why the Chargers' offense has struggled so mightily to start 2007, but very few offenses look good against Chicago and New England. And Green Bay's defense has proven it is, to paraphrase the great Judge Smails, no slouch itself. I think it's just a matter of time until they start teeing off. As for the San Diego defense, it has not helped one whit. You could make the case that's the unit that has struggled the most this year in San Diego and may be the ultimate undoing of the Chargers. Rod Woodson says many teams are spreading out their offenses to neutralize Shawne Merriman (http://www.nfl.com/players/shawnemerriman/profile?id=MER568200) and San Diego's 3-4 scheme, and the Chargers are just not adjusting very well. On NFL GameDay, Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci said it appears the Chargers are missing Wade Phillips more than anybody else. Looking at mere statistics, it's not pretty: The team that ranked seventh in scoring defense and 10th in overall defense last year now ranks 23rd and 22nd in those categories through the first three games this year.
Still, despite their exposed flaws, they're one of the most talented teams in the league, and that's part of the reason why they take home this coveted 3/17th Award. I believe.
Plus, no other current 1-2 teams truly knock my socks off.
The Bengals? That defense still frightens me (27th against the rush and pass, 29th overall) and the offense has been turning the ball over too much for my liking. Plus, Rudi Johnson (http://www.nfl.com/players/rudijohnson/profile?id=JOH653266) may be the most frustrating player to watch the last two years. As fantasy owners know perfectly well, there has been zero consistency from him. The Jets? Perhaps. They may string some wins together, but the defense just got its first sack and first interception of the season last week -- and the Dolphins racked up 424 yards of offense in nearly coming back from 17 points down. The Giants and Eagles? Nice wins this past weekend, but both needed to show me more -- a pulse would have sufficed -- in their two losses to have won this 3/17th. Their Sunday night showdown in Week 4 is huge.
The Bears? Wow. What to make of the Bears? Lovie Smith finally pulled the trigger on Rex Grossman, whose sixth career game with at least three picks gave him an astonishing 33 turnovers (26 interceptions and 7 fumbles) in his last 17 games, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. Now it will be Brian Griese (http://www.nfl.com/players/briangriese/profile?id=GRI028314)'s team to run, and all the Bears fans will either be joyous or caught in the vicious NFL vortex of Be Careful What You Wish For. There's no turning back now, people. We'll finally find out for real if it was really Rex holding this team back. Or maybe it's the fault of a faltering running game, made impotent by either Cedric Benson (http://www.nfl.com/players/cedricbenson/profile?id=BEN508718)'s inability to be a top rock-toter or defenses putting 8 in the box to dare Rex to beat them. If Griese can soften that up and let Benson run with that chip on his shoulder, the Bears may just prove the awarding of this 3/17th wrong. Of course, Chicago's banged up defense, already without the perennially brittle Mike Brown for the year and Tommie Harris (http://www.nfl.com/players/tommieharris/profile?id=HAR548445) for the next 1-4 weeks, has its work cut out for it. Still, I like the Chargers to make some hay. And with this 3/17th Award, they clearly now have momentum.

m0ebr0
09-29-2007, 03:01 PM
Nothing mentioned about the Chiefs... What a suprise. Even though our D is outstanding and our O is improving.

sling58
09-29-2007, 03:08 PM
"No respect I tell ya"

McLovin
09-29-2007, 03:12 PM
What puzzled me about this one is that we were seemingly not even included in the 1-2 crowd. Dont know if we can say no respect, it is more like we are invisible. They didn't even say the Chiefs are 1-2 but have no chance or the Chiefs are 1-2 how did they win one. The just flat left us out of the post about 1-2 teams, no matter what the opinion on how good or bad the Chiefs are, it is a fact that currently they are 1-2. No one can dispute that.

Nothing mentioned about the Chiefs... What a suprise. Even though our D is outstanding and our O is improving.

Three7s
09-29-2007, 03:21 PM
I still can't say that our offense is improving yet. If they can keep it up through the course of the game and consistently week in week out, then our offense is good to go. One half isn't enough for me just yet!

sling58
09-29-2007, 03:24 PM
I see improvement over the first 2 games for sure. This is a big game against a West rival so we will actually have to use a playbook instead of Hermie writing in dirt. I think if we can establish the passing game early it will open up LJ to get some yards. BUT! The key is Passing game.

m0ebr0
09-29-2007, 03:26 PM
I see improvement over the first 2 games for sure. This is a big game against a West rival so we will actually have to use a playbook instead of Hermie writing in dirt. I think if we can establish the passing game early it will open up LJ to get some yards. BUT! The key is Passing game.


Agreed. LJ cant run if the whole D is looking at him. I know ive said it b4.

sling58
09-29-2007, 03:27 PM
Agreed. LJ cant run if the whole D is looking at him. I know ive said it b4.

and you will probably have to say it again before it sinks in with Hermie.

m0ebr0
09-29-2007, 03:32 PM
and you will probably have to say it again before it sinks in with Hermie.

One more time or 20 more times for Herm?

Three7s
09-29-2007, 09:29 PM
I wish Herm had the internet, I could email it to him!

m0ef0e
09-29-2007, 09:32 PM
I see improvement over the first 2 games for sure. This is a big game against a West rival so we will actually have to use a playbook instead of Hermie writing in dirt. I think if we can establish the passing game early it will open up LJ to get some yards. BUT! The key is Passing game.

I saw a pic of Bowe getting off the bus with a playbook in hand. There is hope!

m0ef0e
09-29-2007, 09:35 PM
BTW, this is one of the worst articles ever written. Just total crap. The "3/17ths award"??? Gimme a break. This sounds more like the ranting of an amateur on a forum than an actual published article... Crap. Of course, look who the author is...

luv
09-29-2007, 09:47 PM
BTW, this is one of the worst articles ever written. Just total crap. The "3/17ths award"??? Gimme a break. This sounds more like the ranting of an amateur on a forum than an actual published article... Crap. Of course, look who the author is...
I, too, thought 3/17th? There may be 17 weeks in regular season, but everyone only playes 16 games.

m0ef0e
09-29-2007, 09:49 PM
I, too, thought 3/17th? There may be 17 weeks in regular season, but everyone only playes 16 games.

Exactly. This article was so pointless, I just shrugged it off. I don't care one iota about what was said or not said in this piece.

sling58
09-30-2007, 09:08 AM
I wish Herm had the internet, I could email it to him!

Send him a candy gram!

hermhater
09-30-2007, 02:23 PM
Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!