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Keys to the Game: Chargers vs. Dolphins
Here are five keys to the game heading into Sunday’s match between the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins:
“They have a good offense. They have a lot of weapons and a lot of speed. Every game in the NFL is going to be hard, so we have to play our game. We have to stop the run. We have to execute our assignments and tackle well. (Ryan) Tannehill can scramble too so we have to be ready for that also.”
“It's going to take a heck of an effort. It's a good front and a very smart secondary. They are obviously very talented, athletic and all that, but they play very smart. You can tell they prepare well as far as reading routes and things they do. And their defensive backs can catch the ball.”
"You have to be very aware, because he is a big time deep threat type of player. We played against him last year when he was with Pittsburgh. He is someone that is very explosive in route running, coming in and out of breaks. We have to do a good job of staying on top and being aware of that. We have to make sure he doesn't hurt us. That has been a nemesis for us all season. We have to eliminate these big plays. That's our focus”
“We want to be the best in the league. I know we were or are in the top five. From that standpoint I'm pleased, but it's really hard to be pleased, when we don't have more wins. I think our guys are driven to get better and better. That's what we want to do, although you do have to recognize the fact that there are a lot of things that they are doing well…As far as the quarterback and protection, it has been a group effort and that includes the tight ends and the backs. It's great to see these guys working well together."
“We are not worrying about the playoffs at all. That's the furthest thing from our minds. Right now we are looking to go in there and beat Miami. It’s one week at a time right now. We have a lot of football left and there is a lot of football to be played before any of that is determined. There is going to be a lot of changes and stuff as time goes on, so our number one concern is going in and finding a way to win this week and that's it."