Three And Out: October 02, 2009

Some quick San Diego Chargers news bits for the week, including the possible return of Ladainian Tomlinson, as well as the continued search for a San Diego stadium location...

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Ladainian Tomlinson practiced some this week, but it's still not clear if he will play Sunday night in Pittsburg. The Chargers are weighing their options with LT; it's possible he sits this week and uses the time off with next week's bye to heal up. But having Tomlinson in the backfield could be a big boost to the Chargers' red zone offense:

"Any way I can help this team, I'm willing to do it," he said. "Definitely the red zone is the area maybe I can take some of the pressure off things that we do down there, and teams have to play us a little bit more honest. That's what it's all about, and hopefully I can do that." L.T. returns to practice for Chargers after missing two games


Oceanside's drive-in theater, Downtown San Diego, and north county's Escondido all remain possibilities as the Chargers continue to assess the feasibility of privately financing a stadium project within San Diego County:

“The threshold feasibility issues, always, are parking and transportation infrastructure,” says the Chargers' Mark Fabiani. “So our initial work focused on those areas. Now we have turned to the private financing question: will a development project, in conjunction with several hundred million dollars in equity contributions from the Chargers and the NFL, be sufficient to privately finance the entire project?” Stadium search pushes forward in Escondido, Oceanside and downtown San Diego


Much is made in NFL handicapping about the value of bye weeks. Some teams heading into a bye will rest a sore or tired player, knowing that he will get a full two weeks off. A cruising team riding a win streak will sometimes relax heading into a bye, while struggling teams will often play with more urgency heading into a bye, knowing they have two weeks to think about a loss (or to be punished in practice after a loss).

So as the Chargers head east to Pittsburgh for Week 4, they do so in the pre-bye situation. They don’t play again til Denver in Week 6 and bettors have been putting their money on the Steelers (the line opened Pitt -5 and has been bet up to -6.5 at Bodog and other books in the odds display here at

And how have the Bolts performed leading into a bye week?

“Betting them on the point spread has been all over the map, but betting the total has been a very different and very profitable,” said Jack Randall, the resident NFL handicapping expert at “Since 1997, San Diego has been a solid OVER bet in this situation as they have gone 12-2.”

12-2 is a terrific number, but does the matchup support the trend?

Pittsburgh has not been the same since losing Troy Polamalu to injury in Week 1. The Steelers are actually lucky not to be 0-3, but they sit 1-2.

Weather should not be a factor as clear skies and temperatures in the 50s are forecast for Pitt. Randall sees the Steelers taking some chances on offense, which will encourage the Chargers to do the same. The total of 43 could be eclipsed early, he said.

In fact, there are all kinds of betting trends that point to a Steeler win and cover in this game.

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October 2, 2009

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