Last week the Chargers pulled off a last-second win at home against the Browns thanks to the leg of kicker Josh Lambo. The undrafted rookie free agent originally shanked a 38-yard field goal with three seconds remaining on the clock, but the Browns were flagged for being offside. The Bolts took the five-yard penalty in order to give the rook another chance to win the game. This time, he knocked it through the uprights, securing the team’s second victory at home of the 2015 campaign.
Without further ado, here are my three key Chargers for Monday night’s game against the Steelers.
Speaking of Lambo, as mentioned above, he came up clutch for the Bolts last week, making three of three field goal attempts, including the game-winner. He was also perfect on all three of his extra point attempts last Sunday. The former soccer star is having a nice start to the season, making seven of his eight field goals. His longest thus far this season is 46 yards. The 24-year-old also achieves touchbacks on the majority of his kickoffs, which is exactly why I think he is a player to watch this week. Gaining the advantage in the field position category will be crucial. Pittsburgh is a tough team, and San Diego could need Lambo’s leg to help win the game in the final seconds, yet again.
Next we have Dontrelle Inman. The former CFL wideout stepped in nicely for the concussed Malcom Floyd. M80 is listed as questionable this week against the Steelers. Inman recorded three catches on five targets for 88 yards on Sunday. If Floyd isn’t able to play this week, the reserve pass catcher will have to step up again and be the guy to fill his spot. Expect another good game from him.
Lastly, the return of ANTONIO GATES! The future Hall of Famer missed the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The 35-year-old is on a mission to prove to the team, coaches, fans and haters that his violation of the rule is not exemplary of him as a player or a man. Gates has always been a hard-working person on and off the field. I believe the dynamic tandem of “Rivers to Gates” will be connecting quite a few times this week. No. 85 has always been Rivers go-to option in the passing game. They even have a rule where if Philip is under duress, look for Antonio first.
I, for one, am happy to see him back!
All three of these guys have the potential to make game-changing contributions on Monday. I hope all three put on stellar performances. The Chargers are going to need all the help they can get to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Rick Reiff, Jr.