Chargers talk the talk on Moss

Oakland is averaging 262.2 yards per game through the air and after the pounding the Chargers' secondary took in the news early in the week, the bold move was to trot them out to talk about the inevitable, Randy Moss. And two players took the heat and offered up some counters to the negativity and promise ahead.

The Raiders may be ranked fifth best in the league but the Chargers have already played three teams in the top 11 and four in the top 15. Next week they will play the team that currently ranks atop the leaderboard in pass yards per game.

The Bolts rank seventh worst in the league defensively at 240.2 yards per game but two of the five teams they have sparred are well above that mark already this year.

"(Pittsburgh) had 225 yards through the air and with a run defense like ours..." safety Bhawoh Jue commented.

It wasn't so much the yards, however, as it was the way the Steelers were able to go to the air on three consecutive plays in the fourth quarter and score without a fight.

And this week the stakes have been raised tenfold with Randy Moss, Joey Porter and crew coming to town.

"We are looking forward to it," much maligned cornerback Quentin Jammer exclaimed. "Moss is a big deep threat and obviously we haven't given up a lot of deep balls. It is going to be a great test for our receivers. They have one great one and two dang good ones."

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer admits that scheming against Moss "keeps coaches awake."

Moss is still pumping out the high yardage per catch at 24.5 per to lead the league but he has caught just 19 balls from Kerry Collins. That places him outside of the top 30 in the NFL and second on his team to LaMont Jordan.

At some point, Moss will have one of his vintage breakout games and really take over. What better game than this week – Raider Week.

"Everything he does appears to be very effortless," Schottenheimer said. "People tend to forget how big he is. When he gets the ball in his hand he is hard to catch because he can fly."

Jammer may have reason to be confident. Although Schottenheimer would not commit, Drayton Florence will likely draw the assignment against Moss. He trained with him during the off-season and right now is the better player in the secondary.

"I'd like to think I could take him," Florence said. "He's been a star in this league for nine years, so it's going to be a tough match-up."

If Florence can pull through, the Chargers should be in good position to steal their fourth game in a row from Oakland.


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