Blackjack! The House Wins

There is no one staring over your shoulders to watch you play. No one is pulling up a chair to get a glimpse of the fever. Few stop to watch the losers. They just chuckle, point and walk away. Have you ever seen the craps table start cheering when the house takes all the cash on the board? <br><br> Such is the life of the San Diego Chargers.

"Defensively, we played far better in the second half than we did the first half," Marty Schottenheimer said. "They averaged over six yards a rush in the first half and 3.4 yards in the second half."

"We made some mistakes in the second half, and they made a run, but we won because we executed down there in the first half," Kansas City offensive guard Brian Waters said.

It is like playing against the house after you just lost fourteen grand. You try and claw your way back and think you the cards are falling your way so you up the ante. Then you get crushed.

Down by fourteen has become the norm in San Diego. It does not matter how good the second half is when you have already sold your jewelry and are emptying your pockets to look for the last coin that will change your luck.

"As I told our team, we were the same defense, they were the same offense, they were running the ball the same plays and what we have got to do is show an ability to play 60 minutes of football and play it with the same level of efficiency," Schottenheimer said. "And that is not happening."

Each week this team pulls the handle of the slot machine and sees which terrible combination comes up. Every week the combination is different and nary has a winner appeared. Bad defense – decent offense, bad offense – good special teams, LT – turnovers and penalties, terrible coaching – Boston catches everything. Millions of combos and none that work.

If it isn't one thing it is another.

They rub their eyes at the end of the day realizing it is 5:49 AM and they have to go home to explain to their wives that they just lost the family car. No big deal.


On Sunday we mentioned that Donnie Edwards usually gets the best of Tony Gonzalez. Gonzo beat Edwards for a touchdown with just under two minutes to go in the first half. A strange thing happened on the way to the forum:

"Donnie did a nice job covering me all day," Gonzalez said. "But I messed up on that one; I ran the wrong route. I finally lost Donnie in the back of the end zone and came back for the ball. I gotta give the offensive line credit for giving Trent time to throw."

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