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The San Diego Chargers (1-4) host the Denver Broncos (4-1) at Qualcomm stadium tonight for Thursday Night Football.

Both teams are injury-riddled, but it’s safe to say that the Chargers are coming in with a much longer injury list when it comes to marquee players being out for this game and/or the season.

San Diego comes into this contest hoping to win its first AFC West game since November of 2014.

The above statement is not an error.

Under head coach Mike McCoy, the team has lost 10 consecutive divisional games, forcing everyone and their dog to call for his firing.

The Week 6 match-up against the Broncos marks the first primetime game for the Chargers in 2016. Both teams will be wearing Color Rush uniforms, adding a little twist to this evening’s festivities.

Quite frankly, I would rather the Bolts get blown out than to watch them give away another late-game lead in the closing minutes. I am not sure if my heart can take watching them flounder another contest in which they should have won. The team should be 5-0 at this point, but here they sit with a record of 1-4 and a last-place designation in the AFC West.

After having quarterback Paxton Lynch start for Denver, the team will turn the reins back over to Trevor Siemian, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury. Siemian led the team to a 4-0 record prior to being hurt.

As one should have expected, the Bolts placed yet another starter, inside linebacker and special teamer Nick Dzubnar, on season-ending injured-reserve following their Week 5 loss to the Raiders in Oakland.

The defense is very thin at both inside linebacker and in the secondary.

Although we already know that cornerback Brandon Flowers will miss his third straight game due to a concussion, the status of Denzel Perryman is still unknown. Perryman was a limited participant with a shoulder malady this week in practice and is listed as questionable for the game.

Now that I’ve regurgitated a bit of nonsense, let’s get right to it.

You all know the drill with our poll articles: place your vote and then leave a comment — with a score — below stating why you voted the way that you did.

 

Will the Chargers beat the Broncos on Thursday Night Football?

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Thanks in advance for voting and commenting on the article.

I hope that all of you who pick the Chargers to win are right, while those realists out there, the ones who know the Bolts won’t win, are wrong.

 

Dave Booga Peters

 

 

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Social media is a funny thing, so to speak. Lately, I have seen a ton of Chargers fans arguing about the number of wins the team will finish with in the 2016 regular season. The numbers range anywhere from three to 12, with some providing solid reasoning behind their prediction, while others have naively stated things that are just plain ignorant. Thus is life in #ChargersTwitter.

I like what the team has done this offseason. The free-agency additions of Matt Slauson, Brandon Mebane and, eventually, Joey Bosa should certainly help fortify both the offensive and defensive lines. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin and rookie tight end Hunter Henry provide quarterback Philip Rivers with two intriguing weapons in the passing attack. That being said, the team has already placed 14 players on injured-reserve, including players who were expected to provide solid contributions in ’16, such as Branden Oliver, Stevie Johnson and Sean Lissemore.

But this article is not about how I think the team will perform this season, it’s about what YOU think.

 

Below is a look at the Chargers’ 2016 schedule:

 

Week 1 – @ Kansas City Chiefs

Week 2 – versus Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 3 – @ Indianapolis Colts

Week 4 – versus New Orleans Saints

Week 5 – @ Oakland Raiders

Week 6 – versus Denver Broncos

Week 7 – @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 8 – @ Denver Broncos

Week 9 – versus Tennessee Titans

Week 10 – versus Miami Dolphins

Week 11 – BYE WEEK

Week 12 – @ Houston Texans

Week 13 – versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 14 – @ Carolina Panthers

Week 15 – versus Oakland Raiders

Week 16 – @ Cleveland Browns

Week 17 – versus Kansas City Chiefs

 

 

How many games will the Chargers win in 2016?

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Thanks in advance for reading and voting. Please feel free to leave a comment stating why you voted the way you did.

 

Dave Booga Peters

 

 

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Let me begin by saying that the fan-boy in me is in its usual form regarding the excitement I have about the upcoming NFL season and your San Diego Chargers.

This is the time of the year where all 32 teams are sporting a 0-0 record, and the sky is the limit for every NFL team — well, except the Cleveland Browns.

This is also the time of the year where finding things to write about is difficult but not impossible.

Forgive me in advance for the fluff pieces that will come out until the beginning of training camp.

 

Below is a look at the Chargers’ 2016 schedule:

 

Week 1 – @ Kansas City Chiefs

Week 2 – versus Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 3 – @ Indianapolis Colts

Week 4 – versus New Orleans Saints

Week 5 – @ Oakland Raiders

Week 6 – versus Denver Broncos

Week 7 – @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 8 – @ Denver Broncos

Week 9 – versus Tennessee Titans

Week 10 – versus Miami Dolphins

Week 11 – BYE WEEK

Week 12 – @ Houston Texans

Week 13 – versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 14 – @ Carolina Panthers

Week 15 – versus Oakland Raiders

Week 16 – @ Cleveland Browns

Week 17 – versus Kansas City Chiefs

 

In addition to what I mentioned above about this time of the offseason, this is also when you look at the Chargers’ schedule on paper and decide where the team will finish up this year’s campaign.

Quite frankly, the slate of opponents this season does not seem to be daunting.

Obviously, the team cannot go 0-6 in the division this year like they did in 2015 — not if they have any hopes of reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.

Below is a poll. You know the drill: place your vote and leave a comment stating why you voted the way you did.

 

How many wins will the Chargers have during the 2016 regular season?

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Thanks in advance for reading, voting and commenting.

I am really looking forward to your responses.

 

Dave Booga Peters

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I swear, this never happens. This is the first time EVER!” – me, more often than I’d like to admit…..

Premature evaluation.

It plagues so many of us who love to write and talk about the NFL.

We’re all guilty of it; prematurely evaluating players and teams in an effort to produce thought-provoking content, providing the readers with a topic that they will be drawn to, solely so they can tear it down and call you mean names on the interwebs.

So, since I know all of you are champing at the bit to critique the Chargers’ 2016 draft class, allow me to afford you the perfect opportunity to do so.

Below is a poll, strategically placed for your enjoyment. Please vote on the poll and leave a comment stating why you gave the grade you did.

Personally, I love what all of our readers have to say regarding their thoughts on the Bolts. It’s always entertaining, and it occasionally presents an opportunity to add a writer to the site.

 

Round 1:

DE/OLB – Joey Bosa

6-foot-5, 269 pounds  Ohio State

Round 2:

TE – Hunter Henry

6-foot-5, 250 pounds  Arkansas

Round 3:

C – Max Tuerk

6-foot-5, 298 pounds  USC

Round 4:

LB – Joshua Perry

6-foot-4, 254 pounds  Ohio State

Round 5:

LB – Jatavis Brown

5-foot-11, 227 pounds  Akron

Round 6:

P – Drew Kaser

6-foot-2, 212 pounds  Texas A&M

Round 6:

FB – Derek Watt

6-foot-2, 236 pounds  Wisconsin

Round 7:

OL – Donavon Clark

6-foot-4, 315 pounds  Michigan State

 

What grade would you give the Chargers' 2016 draft class?

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Thanks in advance for reading and voting. I look forward to your comments below.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 2016 NFL draft is just over two months away, while the NFL Combine is now only three days from Tuesday.

It goes without saying that NFL organizations are putting in serious overtime to prepare their draft boards in hopes of adding the necessary pieces to improve their teams.

After a seriously disappointing campaign in 2015, the San Diego Chargers secured the third selection of the first round in this year’s draft, finishing with a dismal record of 4-12.

With so many holes all over the roster, the Bolts are in a position to draft the best player available with each of their selections — especially in the first round.

Media pundits everywhere have prognosticated the Chargers drafting a number of players in the first. Having such a high position is a luxury earned by playing terrible football the previous year.

There are a number of players to be drafted by the Bolts who could come in day one and make an immediate impact. Names like Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, Laremy Tunsil, Carson Wentz and Robert Nkemdiche have all been floated around when discussing the first-round options for San Diego.

Due to the aforementioned holes on the roster, general manager Tom Telesco could be looking to move down in the first round, securing additional picks to supplement a team that needs improvement in several areas.

So, I leave it to you, Chargers fans: Which player would you like to see the Chargers elect in the first round?

Below is a poll and you know the drill. Place your vote and then leave a comment supporting why you voted the way you did.

 

Who should the Chargers draft in the first round?

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Thanks in advance for reading and voting.

I look forward to your feedback.

 

Dave Peters

 

P.S. My vote is for Jalen Ramsey.

 

 

 

 

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“Hope in one hand and shit in the other, see which one fills up first.” – Unknown

 

After losing six games in a row, the San Diego Chargers pulled off a much-needed win against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, taking the game by a score of 31-25.

Currently sitting with a record of 3-8, the Chargers’ playoff hopes are basically nonexistent. That being said, the AFC is very weak in 2015, and nothing would surprise me at this point.

Who am I kidding? I would be incredibly surprised if the Bolts have anything to play for following today’s game.

Many fans were disappointed with the team’s victory over the Jags because they were looking for the team to tank in hopes of securing a top-5 draft pick in 2016.

The Chargers face the Denver Broncos at home on Sunday. The Broncos are coming off of a big win against the New England Patriots in Week 12.

With Peyton Manning on the shelf due to plantar fasciitis, Brock Osweiler has taken over the starting role at quarterback. The Denver offense seems to be performing better now that Osweiler is the signal caller.

Although the Broncos’ offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders, with their running game finally adding to their arsenal, their defense boasts one of the best units in the NFL. Philip Rivers and company will have their work cut out for them, as the Broncos have playmakers at all three levels of the defense.

Things do not appear to be in the Chargers’ favor today, but these are the type of games the Bolts seem to do just enough to win; they play up to the competition of quality opponents, and down to the level of lesser teams.

Well, that’s enough with me rambling on, let’s get right to the point of this post.

Are you hoping for a Chargers’ win today? Or are you wanting the team to take that much-expected ‘L’, helping to move them closer to a better draft pick in ’16?

You know the drill; place your vote below and leave a comment justifying why you voted the way you did.

 

Are you hoping for a Chargers' win or loss today?

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Thanks in advance for voting and commenting.

 

Booga Peters

 

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After Tuesday turned out to be an extremely eventful day as far as transactions are concerned for the Chargers, the team is back at practice Wednesday as they prepare to take on the Chicago Bears at home on Monday night.

The Bolts have completed the first half of the 2015 regular season by going 2-6, losing four games on the final drive, minute or play.

Losers of four in a row and five of their last six, it is hard to justify this team winning too many more games going forward. That being said, do you believe in miracles? Because that is what it will take for the Chargers to find a way to finish this season strong, perhaps even squeaking into the playoffs.

Stranger things have happened.

Despite the fact that the team is entering the “softer” side of their schedule, San Diego has not shown that they can win even when they are expected to do so. The struggles of this team have been widely documented on this site.

I would like to skip right past the fluff and get right to the question in the title.

You know the drill. Place your vote on the poll and leave a comment below justifying why you voted the way you did.

 

How many wins will the Chargers finish with in 2015?

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Thanks in advance for voting and commenting.

 

Dave Peters

 

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Whether or not the seat beneath Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is heating up or not within the organization, the fans have become very vocal about who is responsible for the team’s 2-5 record.

The hashtag #FireMcCoy is spreading like wildfire all over social media.

Personally, I think it is a bit premature to consider firing McCoy, but his 20-19 record as head coach of the Chargers might speak otherwise.

Sunday’s loss to the Raiders was just too much to handle. The team was inept and ineffective in all three phases of the game until the fourth quarter, when it was far too late to affect the final outcome. The score of 37-29 is very deceiving. The Raiders dominated the game, bullying the Chargers all over the field.

The team seemed unprepared for their first divisional game of the season, looking lost and out of sync from the get-go.

There is no denying that this squad has been decimated by injuries since the season began, but all teams go through injury problems. It should no longer been an excuse. The Bolts took the field on Sunday without two of the biggest names in Chargers’ history, Antonio Gates and Eric Weddle. Their replacements, Ladarius Green and Jimmy Wilson, just aren’t the caliber of players as the two future Hall of Famers. The latter, Wilson, played miserably in coverage, while Green filled in admirably, scoring a 31-yard touchdown and two two-point conversions.

But the loss to the Raiders is just one game. It may be the pinnacle of poor play for the 2015 season, but four other losses this season must be added into the equation.

In 39 games, McCoy is only coaching the team to one game above a .500 record. That is just not good enough. Squeaking into the playoffs should not be a goal for this club, much less not making the playoffs at all. How much hope should there be for this team to turn it around after this terrible start? If the past is any indicator, it is not looking too good.

The finger-pointing around Chargers Park has been going on quite often in the last month. Veteran players have been trying to spread a message to younger players about taking things more seriously, working harder to help the Bolts achieve their goals. McCoy himself has iterated that the players and coaching staff must do a better job to right this ship.

But are McCoy’s words falling on deaf ears at this point? Has he already lost this team?

I am not in the locker room or private meetings, but it is fair to speculate that something is being lost in translation during the week when attempting to prepare this team to win football games.

Again, I do not believe that he should be fired right now, nor do I think that Dean Spanos or Tom Telesco would consider canning him any time soon. But the question is worth asking.

Without reopening all of the old wounds of this disastrous year, I’ll get right to the point of this article.

Do you believe the Chargers should part ways with Mike McCoy, firing him from his first NFL head coaching gig?

Please place your vote on the poll and leave a comment stating why you voted the way that you did.

 

Should the Chargers part ways with Mike McCoy?

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Thanks in advance for voting and commenting. It will be interesting to see what you all have to say.

 

Booga Peters

 

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Entering Sunday’s game at home against the Cleveland Browns, running back Melvin Gordon leads all rookie running backs with 190 yards rushing. He has accumulated those yards on 44 carries, giving him an average of 4.3 yards per carry.

The youngster has yet to have what one would consider a break-out game in 2015, but you have been witness to some of his attributes that should make him an exciting runner for years to come.

The most elusive stat for Gordon through three games has been that he has yet to score a touchdown.

With the team’s coaching staff putting its faith and trust into fellow running back Danny Woodhead when in the red zone, Gordon has yet to score his first NFL touchdown. Woodhead has also been called upon in the club’s two-minute drill. Gordon has been forced to watch from the sidelines when the Chargers are in the hurry-up offense, as well. Due to the fact that the Chargers have only held the lead for a total of 11:49 through three weeks, Mike McCoy and Frank Reich have relied on veteran options in the backfield while Gordon learns the game and the position at this level.

 

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The fact that the former Badger has not been the ideal option given the situations listed above should not be a cause of concern for the fans, as they are not indications that the rook isn’t going to develop into a solid back. It should not be viewed as an indictment of lack of ability for the 22-year-old.

The Chargers are back at home after traveling on the road for two consecutive weeks. Having a 1-2 record, it is imperative the Bolts find a way to finish Week 4 with a victory over the Browns, evening out to 2-2. In the process, it would be nice to see No. 28 score his first touchdown.

Per the title, this is where you come in. Is this the week where Melvin Gordon finally reaches the end zone and puts the first points of his rookie season on the board?

Below is a poll. Please place your vote and leave a comment backing up why you voted the way you did.

 

Will Melvin Gordon score a touchdown this week?

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Thank you for reading and voting.

 

Booga Peters

 

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It is getting to a point where I might have to consider changing the name of my website to WeddleBlitz.com. With all of the uncertainty surrounding his future with the Chargers, speculation is running rampant all over social media.

Many fans are taking the stance that Weddle should be at Chargers Park working out with his teammates, preparing for the upcoming season. Other fans understand and share the frustration that he has with the organization regarding the fact that there will be no contract talks during this season.

Personally, I would feel just as Weddle does…. highly, highly disrespected. After all, he’s been a leader for this team for the better part of a decade. I won’t waste your time talking about all of his accolades on the field and his reputation off of it. That type of information is common knowledge and known by all fans, yet, intentionally ignored by far too many.

But I digress.

The 30-year-old appears set to finish out his contract with the Bolts and then test free agency in 2016. There is no doubt that he will be in high demand once the bidding begins. I cannot imagine, based on their lack of effort in contract negotiations up to this point, the team spending the exorbitant amount of money that will be on the table once other clubs get involved in the process.

But this article isn’t about what I think. This is where you chime in.

Below is a poll question. Place your vote and then leave a comment stating why you voted the way that you did.

 

Will Eric Weddle be a Charger in 2016?

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Thanks a lot for reading, voting and commenting.

 

 

Booga Peters

 

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