Eddie, Eddie, Eddie, go baby, GO!! Was that fun to watch or what? My son had just walked upstairs and I called to him to come watch the run. WOW! History in the making with a punt return (71 yds) and a kickoff return (93 yds) for touchdowns.
Then, the Chargers replied with their own version of a punt return. I wasn’t happy but that makes for fun TV and fan viewing and the halftime show was funny with Chris Berman saying all you had to do was watch 4th down and the kicking game to enjoy the first half.
They had our number early then the D… as in DOOM (two sacks) and the Boys started firing on all cylinders. Five sacks, a bunch of knockdowns, a bunch of in-your-face Philip Rivers while you try to throw the ball. You really have to give Coach Nolan a lot of credit in that he really shut down Rivers with the blitz package in the second half. From the corners and the middle walking up and back, disguising it well.
Add 17 unanswered points and Kyle Orton to Tony Scheffler, Brandon Stokley and precision passing with something like a 148 percent passer rating. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! One of the announcers was funny, saying Chicago should have received two first round picks for Orton. I have some buddies who are Bears fans and (you know how I am by now) and one asked me kiddingly in an e-mail this week if they could have Orton back. I laughed and e-mailed him that, “You made your bed, now sleep in it.”
After the game I texted another buddy (6-0). Haven’t heard back from him yet? And I asked him where did we get Orton from again? HA! HA! Let’s see — Orton 20/29 and 229 yards passing with two TD’s, hmmmm.
How about Eddie Royal? Congrats buddy and I had to giggle a little thinking he might have still been upset that Georgia Tech beat his alma mater on Saturday. His 253 total all-purpose yards and the (11th) man in NFL history to have returned a kickoff and a punt for TDs. Great accomplishment!
Call me BIASED or HOMER but I got a little sick of all the Gates talk when Scheffler had six receptions for 101 yards and Gates had five for 70 yards? Is there something wrong here? I THINK so!
T.O.P. — Yep, again and I don’t even have to say what that is…you all know — 30:43 vs 29:17.
One thing bugged me a little during the game. Brandon Marshall kicking the ball out of frustration was one, but I think the Chargers took him out of sync by pushing and shoving and talking trash and playing (hands-on) and in his face early in the game. They covered him well and that seemed to rub on him. That worried me in that other teams will watch the film and see how he reacted to being handled and try to do the same thing. And of course, the announcers start bringing up his entire past … I understand that from an announcers standpoint but really not material to the game and really a distraction. Problem is, that will keep happening as long as he reacts like that to other players.
Don’t let me forget the O-LINE … the Big Fellas … one sack. Just steady, solid and gave Orton the time he needed and often he could have sipped a margarita while he waited for someone to get open. Nice job by offensive line coach Rick Dennison and the FELLAS!
Enjoy an off week fellas, while we keep whoooooping it up!