The difference in San Diego

By Robert Rousseau  |   Monday, December 04, 2006  |  Comments( 0 )

San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers defeated the Buffalo Bills, 24-21, on Sunday. Of course, winning is becoming rather commonplace for the men from California. In this way, their game in western New York was no different than their last five contests.

Once again, LaDainian Tomlinson looked special. However, his 178 rushing yards, three catches and two touchdowns isn't exactly what looked different, either. After all, Tomlinson has been doing this all year. In fact, this was his sixth straight 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

Actually, the difference in San Diego could be seen on the other side of the ball. It was evident very early on, in fact. On the fourth play of the game, Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman rolled right. He found himself under heavy pressure by someone that hadn't been around in awhile.

The name: Shawne Merriman. The result?

A pass under duress and an interception by San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer.

No, the Buffalo Bills aren't exactly the Indianapolis Colts on offense. Still, it took the Bills until the final minute of the game to score their 21st point. Further, Willis McGahee was only able to net 26 yards rushing. Why?

An excellent supporting cast on defense, and in case you didn't know: Shawne Merriman. Back from a four-game substance-abuse suspension, Merriman once again dominated. He finished with six tackles and two sacks. His presence alone has the ability to make defenses one sided, if not no sided.

He was obviously a big reason why the defense was able to force four turnovers.

It's time for the rest of the NFL to take notice that Merriman is back. That means the Chargers now have an elite offense and defense to contend with.

It also means the Chargers are now the favorites to secure homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
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About Robert Rousseau

Robert Rousseau is a sports writer that has been published in a variety of print and online venues. He’s been writing for RealFootball365.com for almost three years now. When Rousseau isn’t writing about college football he tends to be penning mixed martial arts pieces for MMAFighting.com or...
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