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On the Beat: 5 questions about the Chargers

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  September 17, 2011 05:06 PM

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Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune is one of the best NFL beat writers in the country. Period. His depth of knowledge on the Chargers is unmatched. He stopped by to give us his insight before Sunday's game.

1. Give us one reason why we should believe the Chargers can start 2-0 for the first time under Norv Turner.

They can score almost as prolifically as the Patriots, and I think this is their best defense since Wade Phillips left (and Turner arrived) in 2007.

2. Who is the one Chargers player most Patriots fans don't know right now, but will by the end of the game on Sunday?

Defensive end Vaughn Martin will be making his first NFL start. He's quick and strong, and I think he'll make a difference.

3. What's the biggest weakness on the Chargers' offense you expect the Patriots to try to exploit?

The two running backs' penchant for putting the ball on the ground. Ryan Mathews, especially, has his weak moments, and any Bill Belichick-coached team is going to be trying to exploit that.

4. What's the biggest weakness on the Chargers' defense you expect the Patriots to try to exploit?

Inside (Mac) linebacker Donald Butler is essentially a rookie and can be played with. Tom Brady and the two young tight ends could have a big day.

5. Finally, Chargers win on Sunday if....

... they don't turn the ball over and fall behind. Remember the four consecutive series last year that changed the game in San Diego? That wasn't the Chargers' most ridiculous turnover game.

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Thanks to Kevin for his time. Make sure you check him out at the SDUT site and on Twitter at @sdutChargers.

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