Every team is looking to create a spark on offensive side of the football; some teams build around a quarterback, while other teams build around a featured runner. Very few teams can legitimately say they've successfully built around both. The San Diego Chargers are one of the rare teams in the NFL with almost perfect balance between the ground game and the passing game.
With weapons all over the field, and without a featured player to key on, defenses are going to be forced to spread out and defend the entire field when they face the Bolts. This in turn creates match-up problems, resulting in opportunities for big plays. Whether its Antonio Gates' presence that frees up Vincent Jackson down field, or its Chris Chambers drawing the safety out of the box so that Ladainian Tomlinson can get to the second level, the Chargers should continue to be a dynamic offensive machine capable of scoring at any time.
The key component to the Chargers' offensive success has been and will continue to be the play of their quarterback, Philip Rivers. Rivers came out of a system at NC State where we was asked to distribute the ball around, and that experience has directly translated to his game on the pro level. He's still spreading the ball to his many weapons, but he limits his mistakes because he knows he doesn't need to force the ball to one specific guy.
"In this offense, with this group of guys that we have, it's hard to pin-point a go-to guy," say Rivers. "I kind of like to think that goes from week to week."
Up in Minnesota, you can be guaranteed that the Vikings are going to try to score points and win games by establishing the run with Adrian Peterson getting lots of touches. In Indianapolis, Peyton Manning is going to throw the ball forty to fifty times a game. The Colts have struggled to run the ball with consistency, instead placing tremendous pressure on Manning to win games through the air. In San Diego, however, the Chargers no longer need to wear Ladainain Tomlinson out in order to generate enough positive yardage. They've got a variety of options, which makes them a nightmare for opposing defenses to prepare for.
"You never know. Vincent could have eight catches one game, and [Antonio] Gates the next. LT could lead in receptions one week. Sproles, Chambers, Malcom... I could go on and on. Legedu has made some big plays and continues to, out here [in training camp]. You never know who it's going to be any given week. I think the key is to have a group as unselfish as we have. You want them to be a little selfish, because you want every receiver to want the ball, and to be hungry for it. But they all have a way to really encourage and pull for one another. They really enjoy the success each other has."
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