The game between the Patriots and Chargers at Gillette Stadium this weekend will be an exciting one to say the least; it will also be extremely different from last year. The Patriots beat the Chargers 23-20 in Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers took forever to get into a rhythm last season, scoring 17 points in the 4th quarter. Charger's kicker Kris Brown missed a 50 yard field goal which would have brought the game into overtime.
In this year's match up, the Chargers will do the traveling but they will be a little more prepared. Nate Kaeding will be out of the lineup once again but number one wide receiver Vincent Jackson won't be holding out! The presence of Vincent Jackson will alleviate some pressure off of Philip Rivers and the rest of San Diego's wide receivers while more pressure gets added on to the Patriots' secondary to make some key plays. Note: Vincent Jackson is the KING of the double move route and Philip Rivers knows how to throw deep. Expect a serious connection between the two in this game.
The Chargers (1-0) are starting off fast for a change winning their opening game of the season while the Patriots (1-0) look a little bit better themselves from last year, putting 38 points up in week 1. Patriot's left guard Logan Mankins was held out of action last year til week 12 due to a hold out while is he listed as a full go headed into week 2 in 2011. The Charger's special teams still look dreadful in 2011 and the Patriots can capitalize in this phase of the game to give them an edge. However, if the Charger's special teams do play well consider this game a coin flip. You know what, consider this game a coin flip regardless, Philip Rivers and Tom Brady are the best in the business and you know this game is going to go down the wire. The Patriots are favorites by 6.5 points, but I see the Chargers pulling an upset in this one. The Chargers get even for last year's loss and win by three, 31-28.
The overall record between these two teams is 21-15-2, Patriots.