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With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:31 am
V. Jackson is excited after catching a 58-yard TD pass (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In his first game of the 2010 season, Chargers WR Vincent Jackson didn’t last one quarter before excusing himself from the contest with a calf injury. Then, he missed the next week.

For a guy who’d been shouting in the preseason about a new contract before refusing to sign his tender, holding out, getting his bluff called by San Diego GM A.J. Smith and serving two suspensions, this was not an especially impressive showing.

When he finally returned in last week’s 31-0 San Diego victory against the Chiefs, he tallied two catches for 29 yards. This, you might have asked, was the player who crowed about wanting one of the top WR salaries in the league? This, even though he originally was scheduled to make $3.2 million this season (that salary was later slashed to $600,000, so yeah, his refusal to sign his tender wasn’t a great financial decision).

If you had doubted Jackson’s abilities, look no further than the Chargers 34-7 victory against the 49ers tonight, because Jackson was nothing short of incredible. He finished with five catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns, and he was simply outstanding. His first score was his most impressive, when he out-leapt San Francisco CB Nate Clements for a 58-yard touchdown to give San Diego a 7-0 lead.

From there, the Chargers – and Jackson – never looked back.

San Diego is currently in the middle of its yearly December restoration project when it has to overcome a slow start to the season only to make a huge run to win the AFC West and make the playoffs.

With tonight’s win, the Chargers are a half-game back of the Chiefs, who face the Rams this weekend and could be without quarterback Matt Cassel again. Unquestionably, San Diego – which has won six of its past seven games – has the momentum going into its final two games of the season (against the Bengals and the Broncos, two should-be wins), as opposed to the Chiefs, who gone 3-3 in their past six games.

The Chargers still have to hope they can actually make the playoffs – if the Chiefs win out, it’d still be tough for the Chargers to get a Wild Card, even with a 10-6 record.

But …

But if San Diego can make the postseason, the Chargers will be a tough squad to play. Assuming TE Antonio Gates and WR Malcom Floyd are healthy enough to play, assuming Jackson continues to perform like he did tonight, assuming the Chargers defense continues to play well and assuming QB Philip Rivers continues to be an MVP candidate, this team will be a tough out in the postseason.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Jackson told the NFL Network after the game. “This team is moving in the right direction. I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:23 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:57 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

This was the same story 4 weeks ago except it was "Chargers are deadly without Jackson". Then they got dominated by the Raiders.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:38 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

one guy does NOT make a team dangerous, sorry. and one good game after a guy's been out the whole year does not mean squat!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:36 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

The key word is COULD be deadly.  The could, but they won't.  The Chargers are like the Washington Capitals of the NFL.  They keep having good regular seasons, people keep picking them to win it or at least get there, but they always fail in the playoffs.  They also both have a bad coach that is holding the team back and should be fired.

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:24 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

Those are A LOT of assumptions made in the second to last paragraph there. I wonder why the author didn't simply pull out his crystal ball amd just tell us what is going to happen.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 8:38 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 8:31 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

I stashed him for about 6 weeks and everybody laughed at me, especially after the hammy injury and last weeks 2 catches.  I started him this week in our playoffs and am pretty happy about that.  PPR league, 34 points.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:18 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

did you start him? he was on the bench in my league.

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