The media who picked San Diego over the Patriots

Jerry Magee, Union-Tribune NFL writer
The Chargers aren’t playing the Patriots as much as they are the Patriots’ aura, their mystique. The Patriots are not what they were. Chargers 34, Patriots 21

Tim Sullivan, Union-Tribune columnist
Pay no attention to that slob in the sweatshirt. For all of Bill Belichick’s brilliance, Marty Schottenheimer’s squad was 24 points better last year. In the end, talent is telling. Chargers 31, Patriots 23

Jim Trotter, Union-Tribune NFL writer
General Manager A.J. Smith doesn’t like Marty Schottenheimer, but many of the players do – including LaDainian Tomlinson, who says he’d like to win one for Schottenheimer as much as for himself. Chargers 27, Patriots 17

Ron Borges, Boston Globe
Nobody knows better than Bill Belichick what too much LT can do to an opponent.
Chargers 21, Patriots 14