Chargers Eager to Turn the Page
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Donald Miralle/Getty)
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Donald Miralle/Getty)

Posted Oct 22, 2008
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The Chargers are in London, but they need to do the same thing they did in the United States following their other three losses: turn the page.

Still smarting from absorbing their third road defeat in four tries Sunday in Buffalo, the Chargers look to get A-OK in the U.K. on Sunday against the Saints.

This season has been a maddening one for the Chargers, as it seems every time they make progress, they fall back. Instead of putting a streak together, it's more a picket fence of losses and victories.

They lost their first two, then won their next two. They lost to Miami, then defeated New England, then fell to the Bills.

But the Chargers' mission is looking ahead to the Saints and not wallowing in the loss to the Bills.


QB Philip Rivers
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"You have to (look forward) in this league, especially as we've seen this year," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "We've had to do this a couple times, put a tough loss behind us and move on, and get on to the next one.

"It's allowed us to move on. You have so many different things you have to worry about and get adjusted to, you've already moved on to the next week. But certainly we'll get in here and watch this tape (and) it'll all come right back to us. It'll settle in how we played and how we can correct it and get better.

"The taste of that loss isn't gone by any means. It was a big game that we lost (Sunday), and we know that, but we're going to have to rebound. We've done a good job of rebounding every week. We just have to find a way to get over the hump of trading wins and losses, and hopefully make a little run here."

That run could start Sunday, but it would be interrupted with the Chargers having a bye the following week. But that would be a hiatus made much more enjoyable if the Chargers return from London with more than souvenirs of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Philip Rivers committed three turnovers in Buffalo that help cost the team the victory. One can't overlook a quarterback being careless with the ball, but if you could, Rivers had a pretty solid day in completing 22 of 29 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns.

--RB LaDainian Tomlinson, yet again, was a shadow of himself in being contained to 41 yards on 14 carries. The run blocking was suspect, but so was Tomlinson's ability to cut and change direction on his sore toe. Tomlinson is looking forward to the bye after Sunday's game; he's rushed for 100 yards in just one game this season.


RB Darren Sproles
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--RB Darren Sproles wasn't much of a factor as he rushed one time for 1 yard and caught one pass for 5 yards. His returns were fairly ordinary as well. Sproles could be better this week, another Sunday removed from spraining his ankle.

--TE Antonio Gates is showing signs of steady production again as he had a four-catch game that was good for 55 yards. Gates is slowly rounding into shape after battling toe and hip injuries.

--WR Vincent Jackson was among the Chargers' biggest contributors for the second straight week as he continues to shine in with Chris Chambers being out. Jackson caught four passes for 42 yards and a score. Plus, he nearly doubled the Chargers' rushing yardage with a 31-yarder off a reverse.

--WR Chris Chambers (ankle) nearly played in Buffalo, but the training staff decided to give him one more week. He should play Sunday.

--WR Malcom Floyd isn't letting his big chance fall by the wayside. He had another solid outing in catching four passes for a team-high 65 yards and a touchdown. Moving forward, look for Floyd to see the field more, as he has been solid with Chris Chambers on the sideline.

--WR Buster Davis is still bothered by a groin injury, and his status for Sunday will be determined. It's safe to say the Chargers are losing patience with last year's first-round pick.

--FB Jacob Hester, the team's second-round pick this year, is having a tough time getting on the field. For now, his contributions will, for the most part, come on special teams.

--FB Mike Tolbert is still slowed by a sprained ankle, but he survived in Buffalo and is a go for Sunday in London.

--OLB Jyles Tucker will test his sore hamstring Wednesday, and the team is confident this is the game in which he will make his return after getting hurt on Sept. 28. Tucker's presence is needed, as the Chargers didn't have a sack Sunday.

--FS Eric Weddle is among the NFL's tackling leaders for defensive backs. He has seven more Sunday -- although the Chargers hoped the linebackers would be getting more tackles.

--CB Quentin Jammer got burned for a touchdown by Bills WR Lee Evans, but actually he had solid coverage on the play and Evans just made a sensational catch. Jammer added six tackles.

--DT Jamal Williams had three tackles, but there was no push from the inside on Bills QB Trent Edwards on passing downs -- some of which Williams was on the field for. The Chargers have to get a push from somewhere, and the middle would be a good start.

--ILB Tim Dobbins was supposed to be an upgrade when taking over for Matt Wilhelm in the starting lineup, but he didn't do much Sunday in Buffalo. Dobbins, who plays on running downs, had one tackle, and the Bills rushed for more than 100 yards.

--OLB Marques Harris is the team's third-stringer at his position, and the drop-off is starting to show. With Shawne Merriman and Jyles Tucker down, Harris got another start but not much else: three tackles and no quarterback hurries.



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