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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Keys to the Game: Chargers vs. Giants
Here are five keys to the game heading into Sunday’s match between the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants:
“Obviously, you can’t turn the football over and you can’t have penalties. I think that’s something that you don’t like. It’s disappointing because we did a lot of good things in that game but when it comes down to the end, which is having sustained drives that end up in points, we failed. So we’ve got to do better than that.”
“You have to be aware of number 80. He is somebody they like to feature. Anytime you get these slot receivers in the National Football League, especially someone like Victor Cruz, he’s very crafty. Inside, he is someone that you have to be aware of and accountable for. He is somebody they do a lot of different things with. Offensively, they do a great job of moving him around in different spots even though he is the slot receiver. They put him in different spots to give you different looks.”
"Tuck has been there a long time. It goes back to playing against him when he was with Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl. He was there years ago when I first saw him on the opposing side. He kind of leads that group. I think their defense starts with their front. It starts with those guys. They have (Jon Beason) in the middle and Antrel Rolle on the backend. It’s a very capable group as we all know. They got off to a slow start but it’s still the same team that for the most part has won a lot of football games together.”
"When they protect him, he’s as good as they are. Turnovers, obviously, have been an issue for them as a group. They’re leading the league in turnovers, but it stems as a group. It’s not put on one guy. Obviously he’s the franchise and they look to him, but when they protect him, he’s as good as they are. But when you pressure him, make him move and get a hand in his face, he struggles like any quarterback. It’s imperative that we pressure him, get our hands on the receivers and win on first and second down.
Do or Die– The mantra has long been one game at a time, not focusing beyond the upcoming weekend’s
“Do or Die. Our mood is fantastic. How can it not be? I’m as happy as can be. It’s another challenge. Another week to play this game we love with the teammates we love and a chance to win games and keep our hopes alive. So we’re not down at all. We’re frustrated and mad over the loss, but that’s Monday. That was days ago. We’re excited for this challenge – 5-7 versus 5-7. Loser is probably out, so we both know this is going to be a hard fought test on both sides and the winner will keep their season alive.”
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