As the Chargers prepare for a chilly playoff matchup with the Bengals this Sunday, it behooves us all to take a gander back at what transpired between these teams a month ago in San Diego. Though the weather will be immensely different than the first meeting, the players and coaches remain the same. To what extent the offensive game plans for each team change due to the sloppy weather forecast remains to be seen, but these are the PLAYOFFS…both teams will look to their “money” players regardless.
The biggest stat that jumps out at me from the first meeting is the way each team achieved their first downs. The Bolts made a total of 19 first downs: 13 through the air, 5 on the ground and 1 due to a penalty. Conversely, the Bengals achieved their 19 first downs primarily on the ground. Cincinnati racked up 13 first downs by rushing the ball while attaining 6 by way of the pass. The Chargers cannot allow the Bengals to dictate tempo by allowing BenJarvis Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard to consistently move the chains this Sunday. To win defensively, we must stuff the run and put Andy Dalton into known passing situations. By doing so, the Bolts can send additional pass rushers. Our cornerbacks will have a tough time keeping up with Bengal wideouts A.J. Green and Andrew Hawkins, so not allowing Dalton time to sit comfortably in the pocket is paramount to achieving more 3-and-outs.
Nearly all of the other pertinent stats from the first meeting were identical. If our offense can maintain balance, keep feeding Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead the ball and control the clock with quick high-percentage passes, the Chargers have an excellent chance of moving on to the next round of the playoffs. These two teams match up very evenly and should provide for a very exciting, down to the wire finish. What a way to start off 2014!
In the words of Philip Rivers himself…”Keep believing!”
What’s good, BoltFam and Fantasy Footballers? As promised, this year I am hosting a Fantasy Football league that will be sure to peak your interest.
The buy-in is $50.00 and the accepted form of payment is via PayPal. If you are selected as one of the 12 teams, you will want to know the information listed below.
- Payment must be received by me, via Paypal, within 48 hours of being accepted into the league. No ifs, ands or buts. Only want serious people involved
- The 12 of us will have a night where we will all vote on the rules ( Date of this to be determined shortly after all teams accepted )
- I would prefer to do this league on ESPN.com but if the majority votes against it then so be it
- The draft will be on the night of September 1st
- 3rd Place wins $50.00
- 2nd Place wins $150.00
- 1st Place wins $400.00
- If you are new to Fantasy Football this is probably not the league for you
- May the best team win… and I plan on it
It is that time of year again. This is when people truly start to do their homework for the upcoming Fantasy Football season. I am really hyped and I plan on winning. Here’s how you can let me know you’re interested in joining: send me an email at email@example.com, send me a direct message on Twitter @BoogaP or friend me on Facebook (Booga Peters) and send me a message there.
Thanks a lot for reading and I look forward to kicking all of your asses in this league.
For starters… WOW! It’s very difficult for me to believe that I am actually going to the NFL draft. Yeah, that one. The one that takes place in 3 days.
I am in the middle of packing right now as I write this piece. I sincerely apologize for the lack of articles today. In addition to packing, I am prepping for what will be the most hands-on coverage of any of the San Diego Charger blogs out there.
We will be live, in New York City, giving you all the coverage that you can handle. That’s right. We may be in the infant stages of the blogging process, but we aren’t playing around. You should know damn well that I’m not playing around. I have worked hard to line up some things that only BoltBlitz.com can bring you during this year’s draft. We’ll have live interviews, videos, articles and much, much more.
Be sure to go to the homepage and subscribe to our email feed. It alerts you when any and all articles are posted. The same goes for any videos that we post. We will also have segments during draft weekend that will be streamed live.
One of our live shows will be a fan roundtable segment that features fans from all around the league. We’ll also be doing interviews with fans on the street. Additionally, I have lined up a couple surprise interviews that you won’t want to miss.
Come chill with BoltBlitz.com for all of your draft coverage. It only makes sense, right?
If this sounds a little bit like an infomercial, it’s because that is the intent. One of the “other” sites went Shamwow on their approach and I thought I’d apply my sense of humor to this one.
Thanks a lot for reading.
P.S. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #BoltBlitzAtTheNFLDraft all day on Wednesday. Get your friends to do so as well. Later that night, while in New York City, I’ll be giving away a $50.00 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate to one of the individuals that have used that hashtag on Twitter. It’s an electronic gift card so it is awarded immediately at the completion of the contest. When does the contest end, you ask? Some time on Wednesday night. It wouldn’t hurt if you directed as many people as you can toward the site via Twitter. Good Luck!!