Z’s 3 keys to victory

Here is my take on what the Chargers (5-7) must do to beat the Panthers in Carolina

1.) Tyrell Williams
Tyrell Williams has become the Chargers best receiver this season as the 2015 undrafted free agent is only a very good game away from reaching 1000 receiving yards this season. He has four touchdowns in four games and the Panthers secondary is very beatable and one the Chargers should be able to exploit.

2.) Get to Cam early and often
I think Cam Newton is good. I think his team over performed last season. I think Cam is a franchise QB but he is very frail. What I mean by that is, his mental game is bad. One thing goes wrong and he starts to break down and give up. If you can rattle him early, he is turnover prone and he will start chucking it with no remorse.

3.) There is still a small chance at playoffs
Chargers won’t make the playoffs. Last weeks lost all but eliminated the bolts from it. But the bolts aren’t eliminated yet, and unless they are worried about tanking, they can still win out and hope for the best.

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Here is my take on the Chargers vs Buccaneers game and what the bolts must do in order to win and get to .500

1.) Contain Evans
Mike Evans is a stud and is one of the most vastly underrated receivers in the game. He absolutely torched Richard Sherman and the Seahawks last week going for 8-104-2. He is going to be a big task for whoever guards him this week (my assumption is, it will be up to Casey Hayward) and is really the only player on Tampa that scares me. Winston is young and raw but he is improving and Muscle Hamster, Doug Martin, is average at best.

2.) Balanced Attack on Offense
You aren’t winning in this league without a balanced offense regardless of how much the game has changed. Philly Riv is borderline elite, as we’ve seen throughout the years, but no team is winning with a borderline elite QB and no running game. Tampa Bay currently ranks bottoms in defense, so this should be a game in which the bolts and control the rock and throw 25 times while running it another 20 eating up clock and keeping their defense fresh.

3.) Finish
This seems to be a key each and every week. Well, until it improves, it wont be going away. The Chargers are blown countless amount of leads in the 4th quarter and have a minus in points for the quarter. The Chargers SHOULD have the lead Sunday, but whether or not they keep it is ultimately the final question and answer.

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Here is my take on the three things that must happen in order to beat the Dolphins at home at get back to .500

1.) More Gordon, less Rivers
This sounds bad, but hear me out. Melvin Gordon had his best game of his career last week and its not time to abandon it. He ran with his eyes, rather than his head, for the first time that I can remember. He is on a hot streak and Rivers, according to Pro Football Focus, is playing his 2nd worst football of his career. It’s still at an above average rate, but it isn’t what we are used to seeing.

2.) Get the youngsters involved offensively
This sounds very hypocritical from my first point, but it doesn’t have to. A good balance is nice, and the times the bolts do pass, Hunter Henry and Tyrell Williams are your best offensive weapons through the air. They are playmakers and ones you should lean to when you need a first down or need to move the ball in a hurry.

3.) Let the shrug out
Joey Bosa is going to have to be disruptive up front, and a wall in the run game. It’s no secret what Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has done in the last three weeks. The defensive line needs to contain him, and they need to put pressure and let Bosa eat in the passing game.

What are your guys’ keys? Agree with mine? Let me know in the comments and go bolts!

Zak Darman (@WilMyersGOAT)

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Here are my three keys to victory today on how the Chargers can take down the Titans

1.) Lock on Murray, make Mariota beat you
Murray is their best player. Titans are going to want to give him the ball as much as possible. Mariota is young, so he’s prone to more mistakes. If you force Mariota not beat you, not Murray, then you have a better shot at turnovers and 3 and outs.

2.) Coaching needs to be better
This one is tough, because the staff is so incompetent. But if they would have run the ball from the two yard line last week they win the game. Whiz needs to understand his players strengths and to stop overthinking things. McCoy can’t coach scared and has to understand clock management. Pagano mustn’t take his foot off the gas and needs to consistently bring pressure. If they do all these, they will win.

3.) Take deep shots
Titans lead the league with most plays in the air of 20+ yards. Chargers have two guys who can stretch the field in Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams. One of the two will go off today (maybe both). Not sure which one, but I have a feeling it will Travis. Take shots and beat them deep.

What are your guys’ keys? Let me know below!

Zak Darman (@WilMyersGOAT)

May 14, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa looks on during rookie mini camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

May 14, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa looks on during rookie mini camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Chargers go up to Mile High looking for their third win a row and second in three weeks versus the Broncos. Here are three things they must do in order to make that happen.

1.) Pressure the quarterback, make him panic
The Chargers defense have played well. Very well. So well it’s arguably been the reason why the Chargers have won, or have at least had a shot at winning. But if there was one thing that they don’t do well, it would be rushing the passer. While they have improved, it still is about below average in terms of actual rushing the passer despite having the beast that is Joey Bosa. Is it too early for draft talk? I would like to see us go pass rush in round 1….anyways. Rush the passer and make Siemian panic and force throws like the 7th rounder he is.

2.) Short passes and crossing routes
If you remember from week six, this was a HUGE part of the passing game. This and rookie Hunter Henry. Henry had a concussion last game, but he practiced this week and is projected to play. Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Melvin Gordon must all be used short and against their linebackers where the Chargers show a huge mismatch. Utilize Williams and Benjy’s speed and you will be able to move the ball. Now, will Gordon be able to see holes between the 20s?

3.) Ball control and possession
Chargers win games by keeping possession and scoring touchdowns. Chargers win games by keeping possession and then forcing turnovers on defense. This is the recipe for success with the San Diego Chargers. They dont find success being in shotgun all game, although they are. They have won two games in a row by running the ball and playing time possession/causing turnovers. They must do this again this week, in order to sweep the Broncos.

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Here are the three things the Bolts must do if they want come away with a win on the road in Week 7.

1.) Score point by point
The Chargers probably won’t shut down Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and the rest of their weapons, so they will have to score, score, score if they want to avoid a blowout.

2.)Get pressure on Matt Ryan
If you let Matt Ryan sit there with all the time in the world, he will pick you apart. The Chargers have struggled this season in getting pressure and actually getting to the QB. Being without situational pass rusher Jerry Attaochu this week, they will need someone to step up (where are you Melvin Ingram?)

3.) Play Loose
This means, don’t try to do too much. The Chargers struggle on the road and struggle versus good teams. Well, versus the Falcons that is two things into one. The Falcons went into Seattle last week and almost won. Don’t try to force plays and just go with the flow.

What are your keys to victory? Let me know below!

Zak Darman (@WilMyersGOAT)

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Here is my Week 4 breakdown as I list three things that the Bolts need to do to beat Drew Brees and the Saints.

1.) Finish each half
Two losses and two games the Chargers could not finish when they had the lead. Whether it is keeping the pace in a 24-3 lead or stopping them from scoring a late go-ahead touchdown, the Bolts must find a way to finish.

2.) Just get one damn stop
This game is going to come down to who can stop the other team first. There is no doubt in my mind that this score will likely imitate a college football game. If the Chargers can stop them just one time, they will have a realistic shot to win.

3.) No big plays
The Saints are known for the big plays. Limit them to Brandin Cooks and Mark Ingram. Jason Verrett is going to be busy and the front-seven is going to have to spy on Ingram and stop the run.

What do you think is a key to this week’s game? Let me know!

Zak Darman (@WilMyersGOAT)

Here is my take on three things the Chargers must do in order to walk out of KC 1-0

Ahh yes. Week one is upon us at last. Lets get into it

1.) Control the rock, control the clock
If it’s one thing the Chargers learned with Whiz in 2013, it’s that he likes to control the clock and keep his offense on the field. Melvin Gordon is going to have to be a huge part of this game plan, even if he looked lost last season. Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead will also have to be used on short passes because, even though he looks limited, Tamba Hali is still a top pass rusher and Dee Ford has given us fits since KC drafted him.

2.) Stop the run
Kansas City looks like they will be without star running back Jamaal Charles this week, which is a plus. But the guy who will replace him, Spencer Ware, is no slouch either. Last season in the two games he played and started vs the Chargers, he had 19 total carries for 148 yards (7.7 average) with two touchdowns. That is unacceptable on every level and defensive coordinator, John Pagano, is going to have to game plan to stop him. Addition of Brandon Mebane will help. If only Bosa was playing….

The bolts are going to need Denzel Perryman and Manti Te’o to step up and help with the run game as well.

3.) Tune out the crowd noise
“Home field advantage” is more mental part of the sport than it is result. However, it is still something that needs to be addressed because in a division game on the road, every little thing matters. I am not one who believes that “home crowd” has a big effect. It is highly overblown and has no effect on a players skill set and a little effect on the game result. Get the mental aspect of it right and you will most of the time be okay. Now, the other part of “Home field advantage” is the field of play and comfort. That is more a problem than the crowd noise. But knowing the Chargers play in KC once a season, that should also be little problem as they already know what to expect.

If the Chargers do all three of these things, they should come out with a victory. I, for one am excited and ready to see how this team does on both sides of the ball. Do you agree or disagree with my keys? What else do you think is a key to winning? Let me know in the comments below!

Zak Darman (@WilMyersGOAT)

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The Chargers (3-8) are coming off of their first win in six weeks after beating the Jaguars on the road (31-25). Sunday they take on the Broncos (9-2) who are coming off of their OT win vs the Patriots last Sunday Night.

Here are three things you should look for in order for the Chargers to come away victorious.

1.) Make Osweiler remember that he is a rookie starter
What this means is, put pressure on him at all costs. Make him move his feet, forcing him to make quick decisions. Pagano is going to have to “not play scared” and send the house, trusting that his secondary can cover the Broncos receivers one-on-one. If Pagano and the Chargers can do that, they should have no problem stopping Denver’s offense.

2.) Quick plays
We all know about Denver’s defense and their pass rush. One way to render their pass rush ineffective is by getting off quick plays. The Chargers have the personnel to do that with Danny Woodhead, Stevie Johnson, Antonio Gates and, yes, even Melvin Gordon. As Pagano needed to trust his secondary by blitzing, Reich needs to trust his QB and receivers by playing fast, up-tempo offense, getting the ball out quickly. Let Rivers get the ball out and have his receivers eat up chunk yardage.

3.) Touchdowns, not field goals
In order to beat elite teams in the NFL, you need to score touchdowns on drives, especially in the red zone, instead of field goals. Scoring three in the redzone should be considered a failure against a team like the Broncos. You need to score touchdowns, and you need to do it often to beat these guys.

Agree or disagree? Anything I missed that you think I should have mentioned? Let me know below!

– Zak Darman

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The Chargers (2-8) have all but checked out on head coach Mike McCoy as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6). The Jags look to stay on the winning trend, trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Here are my keys to victory.

1.) Contain Allen Robinson
The biggest threat on offense for the Jags is wide receiver Allen Robinson. Jason Verrett is going to have to bring his A-game to contain him and I mean like the game he had versus Alshon Jeffery, minus the injury. Robinson has recorded 100 yards receiving in two of his last three games and 90 yards or more in four of his last five. He is their clear No. 1 receiver and one that Bortles looks to more than anyone else.

2.) Pass the ball, Rivers
The Jaguars are ranked 25th in football against the pass and the Chargers rank 2nd in passing offense. The running game is nonexistent for San Diego, so don’t force it. Go right to your strength and air it out. Floyd was back at practice and you still have Stevie Johnson and Ladarius Green. On a lost season, let’s break that record for Rivers. He at least deserves that much.

3.) Play for a purpose
Play for a purpose and that’s the purpose of spoiler. If you don’t like your head coach, fine. But don’t go out there and play for a paycheck. Go out there with a purpose and don’t embarrass yourselves like you did last week. Make up for it by beating the Jaguars and pushing¬†them off their playoff cliff.

Zak Darman

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