NFL Preseason Preview: Chargers Looking To Carry Momentum Through Week 3

The San Diego Chargers have been doing something this preseason that they haven’t done very often through the Norv Turner era: win in the early part of the season. Granted, what we’re referring to is more in September but considering how the Chargers played in 2011, a good start – even if it’s exhibition – is important.

NFL Preseason Preview: Chargers Looking To Carry Momentum Through Week 3

The Chargers have won their first two preseason games but it hasn’t been all roses. They’ve lost a key player each time (Ryan Mathews and Vincent Brown) and will be hoping to get through Week 3 without taking on any more costly pains.

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While the final preseason results have disclosed two wins, the Chargers aren’t exactly excited about their regular season prospects just yet. In the offseason, they made a slew of changes to their offense but it hasn’t gelled just yet.

Last week, the Chargers offense was outscored 10-0 and looked out of sync. Quarterback Philip Rivers, who was heavily criticized after a 20 interception season last year has already thrown three in about a half of combined preseason football. He’s actually been fairly accurate this preseason, completing 16-of-20 passes it’s just that on those four incompletions, three of them have been intercepted.

The Chargers will hope to work on those issues in Week 3 against Minnesota. Chief among the concerns will be finding suitable replacements for running back Ryan Mathews, who could be held out until Week 3 of the regular season, and third wide receiver Vincent Brown, who appeared to be poised for a breakout campaign before breaking his ankle last week.

San Diego did load up on wide receiver depth after the loss of Vincent Jackson in free agency but it’s unclear whether Roscoe Parrish and Eddie Royal are the answers.

In any case, people making their NFL picks to win the Super Bowl will see more out of the Chargers offense this week but Chargers fans probably just want to see their first stringers have one good series, get off the field and stay healthy.

August 23, 2012

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