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This week the Bolts play the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are a very good team, especially with Adrian Peterson back on their roster this season. They have a solid defense, too. This will be another good challenge for the Chargers on the road.

Here are my three key players to watch:

– Philip Rivers

We all know Rivers is one of the best in the business. Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Vikings believes that statement, saying that Rivers is “A great competitor” and that he is “extremely accurate”. Rivers has completed 55 of 68 passes for 644 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions through two weeks of the 2015 season. Those numbers are good for a completion percentage 80.9%. Not a bad start for him. Rivers’ last pass was an interception on the final drive in last week’s loss against the Bengals. I believe Rivers rebounds this week and helps the Chargers get the win against the Vikings.

– Melvin Gordon

Gordon showed last week that he has a lot to prove to the coaches and the fans. He had three runs that went for over 20 yards last week. Gordon has to be hungry for his first rushing touchdown, as well. We are entering Week 3 and he has zero touchdowns at this point. Look for Gordon to get a lot of touches this week against a good Vikings’ defense.

– Brandon Flowers

We are all too familiar with the Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The long-time offensive coordinator, and head coach for the Chargers, is a pass-heavy play caller. Flowers was burned for touchdowns three times by the Bengals last week. That was Flowers’ worst game as a Charger, by far. Expect him to get back on track this week with some key pass defenses and maybe an interception. I wouldn’t doubt his chances of it with the play calling of Norv.

These are my key players to watch for against the Vikings on Sunday. They all need to step up tomorrow if the Chargers have any chance at winning this game.

Let me know what you guys think in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Rick Reiff, Jr.

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