When the Chargers formerly had their team headquarters at Qualcomm Stadium, the media lounge was named after famous local radio personality Rick “Red” Hill.
While at the Chargers’ Murphy Canyon complex this week, Red had the battery go dead in his vehicle.
The Chargers can only hope they don’t follow Red’s lead when they play on national television Sunday night at New England.
This is a revenge game for the Chargers; another of 16 games for the Patriots.
If you don’t believe the Chargers are looking to atone for their 24-21 playoff loss to New England in January, then you’ve been listening too much to what the players are saying this week. (Obviously, they’re not going to give the Patriots any bulletin board material with their verbiage.)
In a round-about way, New England has its own reason for extra motivation Sunday. The Patriots will try to prove they can beat a team without spying on the opponents’ coaching signals.
Bill Belichick has 500,000 reasons (his $500,000 NFL fine) to prove his team can win by winning; not cheating.
New England has won its last five home openers. The Chargers did not exactly look impressive in their season-opening 14-3 win over Chicago last week in San Diego.
This one looks like the Patriots all over again.
Prediction: New England 23, San Diego 17