2008 San Diego Chargers – Colts Beat Bolts

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 14:53 —by Chargers Blogger
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“It’s so frustrating because we’re playing so hard and just coming up a little short,” safety Eric Weddle said after the game on Sunday against the Colts. “We know we’re a good team. We’re playing our hearts out and just can’t seam to catch a break.”

Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard knife to the heart on the final play of the game gave Indianapolis a 23-20 victory over San Diego. It was the fourth time this season the Chargerave lost a game in the last minute and the third time this year they’ve fallen by three points.

It is sad to realize what is happening to this what was – supposed to be- a promising season.  The Chargers are mathematically still in the hunt for the playoffs but they are now finding themselves in the unenviable position of being forced to win out the rest of their games.  This can happen, but it is unusual.  And the Chargers are not showing any signs of getting back on track.  On Sunday they proved that they could play with the Colts, but not put them away. 

Next week San Diego plays another talented team, the Atlanta Falcons, who have probably the NFL’s greatest off-season acquisition on their roster: Our old friend Michael “The Burner” Turner.  When the Chargers let him go last summer they took a big risk.  LT had just pouted on the sidelines during the AFC Championship loss, and Michael Turner was running like a star about to break out.  We went with what we knew and are now paying the price for the time being.  In the near future, this could be something Charger fans debate endlessly during – what could be – a series of disappointing seasons.  If the Falcons come into Qualcomm, stomp the home team, and Turner runs for 200 yards and a few scores, the debate will begin sooner then it should.

If LT’s career ended today, he would be a first ballot Hall of Famer.  His stats, and overall dominance, have secured him in the discussion for being the best running back of his era.  Michael Turner has the talent to propel himself at least into the argument, but he would have to stay healthy despite his ferocious (and dangerous) running style. 

In the end, the debate over Michael Turner and LaDainian Tomlison, or the more focused debate, “Should we have Kept Him,” is not important.  But it is becoming more important the more the Chargers fall out of relevance. To put it bluntly, what else are supposed to talk about?  Adam Vinateri might have taken the playoffs out of the discussion. 


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