The Chargers (4-3) have been a surprise for many this season, simply because they have not given up on games. The loosing mentality is being eroded away by Mike McCoy and his coaching staff. San Diego still have four big tests to come against Denver and Kansas City. For now the focus is on Mike Shanahan's Washington Redskins (2-5). Robert Griffin III is still looking to rekindle the kind of form that we saw last season.
Keys to Victory
1. The Chargers need another big game from running backs Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews. Mathews will be looking for his third consecutive 100+ yard game today. The Chargers continue to show that they have two dimensions to their offensive game. Woodhead has 45 receptions for 314 yards.
2. Patient football. There are few teams in the NFL that can force the play without turning the football over. The game can't be won in the first three quarters. If the game is tight going into the 4th quarter Philip Rivers has the experience to call the right plays and look for the win.
3. Pressure cooker. RGIII is a threat whether he is fully fit or not. He has the ability to run the football, his speed will exploit gaps in the front seven. The Chargers need to hit Griffin hard and early on. Disrupting his rhythm may just give the Chargers defense the upper hand. If Griffin is given too much time he may look to open up the San Diego secondary with tight end Jordan Reid and wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon is listed as probable (calf).
This is a game that sees a San Diego offense ranked 4th overall in the NFL take on a Washington team with the 7th best overall offense. The Chargers need to avoid complacency or the Redskins will take full advantage of the situation.