Chargers need to be ready for dose of Jordan

This game, being billed as the day the Chargers met Randy Moss, will come down to, as most do, stopping the running game and in particular LaMont Jordan.

The Chargers have had trouble in the past matching up with bigger running backs and LaMont Jordan is a load at 5-foot-10, 230 pounds. Hidden behind Hall of Famer to be Curtis Martin in New York, Jordan accepted the starting slot in Oakland after signing a five-year deal worth $27-million.

But with all the talk about Randy Moss, Jordan is flying in under the radar.

"The overlooked thing in this whole thing is the running back, Jordan," head coach Marty Schottenheimer warned. "That kid is a terrific runner. He has got power. He has the speed to get to the edge with it. He is a very good receiver. He is a very talented young man. Because of the presence of Curtis Martin he never got an opportunity to play as much."

The Chargers should be familiar with his running style and ability. He flashed his explosiveness during the Chargers' playoff loss to the Jets last year, gaining 50 yards on seven carries, which included a 19-yard scamper. Jordan also showed his versatility by catching three balls out of the backfield.

This year he is leading the Raiders in receptions with 20 and has amassed 274 yards on the ground, including a 126-yard outburst in Oakland's only win of the year against Dallas.

"I've been waiting a long time for this and I'm ready for anything and everything," said Jordan when looking at the Chargers' defensive front.

The old cliché clearly states that the running game propels the passing game and the Chargers strength is certainly limiting the running room up front. The Bolts have not allowed a back to reach the 100-yard plateau of excellence this season and after ranking third against the run last year they stack up seventh in this campaign.

"They have a good offensive line," offered linebacker Shawne Merriman. "We have to go through them to get to LaMont Jordan. He catches the ball out of the backfield. He does a lot of things for them. We have to put the press to stop him."

Jordan, coming off a career-high in rushing yards, is facing a divisional opponent this week and the Chargers' defense is peeved after melting in the fourth quarter on Monday. They want a complete game, all 60 minutes.

"We can't go in there and overlook nothing," wide receiver Keenan McCardell said. "This is a rival game and you go out and play."


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