Drew Brees faces a talented secondary that has allowed just one 300-yard passer on the season (Trent Green). Shawn Springs is as talented as they come but is also known as a bit of a gambler. Brees will look to exploit those gambles and come away with some big plays.
Curtis Conway is not expected to play this weekend. Enter Eric Parker who is quietly solidifying his role with the team as a viable option at receiver. Tim Dwight has been more aggressive of late and is trying to prove he is worth the big contract he received. They hope to contribute some big plays and take pressure off Tomlinson.
Seattle has improved its run defense but is still allowing 108.8 yards per game on the ground. LaDainian Tomlinson is hoping for a field day in his quest to pass Ricky Williams for the rushing lead. Tomlinson (1616) trails Williams (1,668) by 52 yards.
The offensive line will look to open holes for LT in the hopes that they can lead the charge towards the rushing title and will look to give Brees lots of time to throw the ball. Seattle has only had eight sacks in the last seven games and will be hard pressed to get any against a San Diego offensive line which was thought t be the weakest link on this team entering the season.
Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for 300 yards or more in three straight games. It will be a test for the defensive line to get pressure on Hasselbeck and take some pressure off the Chargers maligned secondary. Marcellus Wiley continues to say he must end the season on a high note and will face a difficult task against an ever-improving Chris Terry who limited Leonard Little to 2 tackles last week.
The Charges have played well against Shaun Alexander holing him to just 2.7 yards per carry over the last four games he has played them, but they do not have Jamal Williams who is out for the year and will rely on Jason Fisk and Leonardo Carson to stuff the middle.
In the past five games Koren Robinson and Darrell Jackson have combined for 56 receptions, 965 yards and six TDs. Alex Molden, Ryan McNeil and rookie Quentin Jammer will look to foil those numbers and contain the duo. Jammer has provided excellent coverage of late and could be used more on Robinson or Jackson to eliminate them from being a factor.
Linebacker Donnie Edwards will play his shadow role again this week taking on Shaun Alexander in the passing game and containing the tight ends. He is simply continuing his Pro Bowl worthy season.
On special teams:
Tim Dwight has been a force on punt returns, a role he relishes and took over from the departed Tamarick Vanover. Seattle is among the bottom half of the league allowing 12.1 yards per punt return. Dwight has averaged 12.4 per return.
San Diego has also been solid on coverage with Carlos Polk leading the way. They are fourth in the league covering kickoffs, allowing 20.4 per return.
They have also been solid covering punts with Darren Bennett leading the way with his second half kicking. He has continually pinned teams deep and is booming kicks again.
The field goal kicking is still a problem for the Chargers who have just converted 66.7% on the season. Seattle is much better, sporting an 81.5% conversion rate on field goal attempts.
Ronney Jenkins may again miss this week's game as he is benched in favor of Reche Caldwell and Dwight.
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