The staff at BoltBlitz.com gives their predictions to Thursday’s game versus the Broncos.
Corey Decker: Chargers 31-28. Broncos miss a last-second field goal.
Cheryl A White: 31-28, the guys in the blue color rush unis. Gordon with two rushing scores, Henry & Williams with TD passes + a Lambo field goal give the Bolts win No. 2. Whether or not it’s enough to save McCoy’s job, we’ll find out Friday.
Charles LaFurno: The Chargers win and save McCoy’s tail, unfortunately, 27-20.
Bosa has two sacks and causes a fumble. Gordon goes for over 100 yards from scrimmage.
Zak Darman: The Chargers never get into rhythm on offense and rival signal caller Trevor Siemian slings a late TD to clinch. 24-3 Broncos.
Brian Scott: Denver holds a 9-1 record over the last 10 games against San Diego, winning the last five in America’s finest city. In San Diego, the last five against Denver, Denver has outscored the Chargers 23.6-14. Gordon grinds it out in the middle where Denver has been exploited this year. With an established run game, Rivers is able to throw underneath often and even tests the excellent secondary of Denver, with a few long balls – Rivers never backs down from a challenge. Joey Bosa fuels the fire from his debut last week and will have at least two sacks, and will disrupt Trevor with the help of Liuget. Even with the polar opposite records, how horrible the losses have been for San Diego, they somehow find a way to win at home against Denver for the first time since 2010. Chargers 26 – 21
Travis Blake: As much as I want — NEED — this team to win, and as good as I am feeling about their chances in this game, I still can’t pick them to win. The Chargers of late have always failed hardest in Prime Time, tonight will be no exception. The color rush will be awesome! Broncos defenders will be caught starring at the brilliant blues as Double H, TW16, Travis Benjamin, and MG28 run past them for a couple of TDs! But soon the Bronco defenders will snap out of it and start stopping the run and pressuring PR17 to death. With a short week of preparation and healing Mike McCoy’s team folds yet again. THE Bolts lose, 24-17. Stay tuned after the game if you’re still awake to see who the new head ball coach will be!
Laura Leech: I was worried about being the only one not predicting a win. It will come down to if the Chargers can effectively run the ball. They won’t be being the huge passes from the Chargers like they did against the Raiders. Chargers are without their starting secondary and the Broncos will use that. Their secondary is the best in the league. I think the defense gets two turnovers but it still won’t be enough to secure the win. 21-17 Broncos
Will McCafferty: The one thing the Chargers have been consistent at this season is being inconsistent. They have proven that they can come from ahead better than any other losing team in the league. With that in mind, I have decided to think outside the box for this game against Denver. Many of us hope that if the Chargers fall to Denver tonight, Mike McCoy will lose his gig as head coach. With that in mind, I fully expect the Chargers to beat the reigning Super Bowl champions. That will secure McCoy’s job until week 10 against the Dolphins. At that time, with McCoy’s job on the line again, the Chargers will secure their third victory of the season, once again saving McCoy’s job. Finally, their fourth and final win of the season will be week 17 against the Chiefs. With that win, the Chargers will end the year at 4-12, but Dean Spanos will be so proud that the Bolts beat KC to end the year, that he will make sure that McCoy will get a three-year extension on his contract. As for tonight….. Chargers 24 Denver 23
Chris Hoke: Chargers start slow in the second half settling for 2 field goals. While the defense gives up 14 point one on a long bomb to Sanders and the other on a five-yard rushing TD From CJ Anderson. The Bolts come charging back and take a 20-14 lead going into the 4th, once again settling for a field goal. McNorv has Lambo kick a field goal, which is blocked and returned for six points and the Broncos win 21-20.
Brian Krich: These are the games the Chargers tend to win. Games when you think they have no chance against a deeper opponent. I think they get some things down the middle of the field and Gordon contributes in the passing game. I like the Chargers in a 20-13 type of game.
Big question is can Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin win some of the one-on-one match-ups on the outside. You know Denver is going to do what Denver does. They’re going to play a ton of Cover-1 and dare you to throw the ball outside. If the Chargers can get them out of some of those single-high safety looks the run game should open up, allowing them to control the ball a little bit and get in to manageable third downs.
Dave Booga Peters: When looking at the respective records of the Chargers (1-4) and the Broncos (4-1), this game could possibly be over before it starts, ending in a Denver win.
But, not so fast, my friend.
Historically, the Chargers tend to play up to their competition when facing an elite opponent. They are doing just that Thursday night as they face the defending Super Bowl Champion Broncos.
In this contest, the Bolts do NOT forget about running back Melvin Gordon and he sets his career-high in total yards from scrimmage with almost 200 yards, scoring twice in the game. Rivers is efficient enough, posts a solid QBR but does not wow in most major passing categories. That being said, he easily throws for over 126 yards, passing Hall of Famer and San Diego Chargers great Dan Fouts for the team record in passing yards. Rivers does manage to throw for two passing scores, with one to Tyrell Williams and the other to Hunter Henry.
In the end, the Bolts triumph over the Broncos by a score of 34-27, ending their 10-game losing streak within the AFC West.
Feel free to leave your prediction for the game in the comments section below.
Thanks a lot for reading.
Dave Booga Peters
Some of you that read my last article “A Lonely Man’s Journey To Happiness.” might remember me mentioning a Charger friend I met in Junior High. After it was published, I gave him a call and wanted to see if he would like to do an interview for the website and he said he would be honored.
Jim has always been a passionate San Diego fan. When his first son was born, he named him after our 2nd favorite Padres player of all time – Trevor (Hoffman). Jim and I have been through a lot together and even though we are thousands of miles away, once football season starts, we talk weekly. I am proud to say that he has been my best friend for about 27 years as well as a diehard Bolt fan for much longer.
BWK: Let’s start the interview with you giving the fans a short personal bio about yourself
Jim: My name is Jim Kirkendall and I am 41 years old. I grew up in San Diego and moved to Arizona when I was 14 years old. I am married and have two boys (7 and 6) who are also big time Charger fans!! I am in the field of Healthcare Analytics.
BWK: When and why did you decide to become a diehard Chargers fan?
Jim: When I was 6 years old, I went to my first football game. Air Coryell’s system (which I didn’t understand at the time) combined with an amazing offensive core with Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner, John Jefferson, Kellen Winslow, Wes Chandler, Lionel James and Chuck Muncie were tantalizing. I’ve been hooked on the Chargers ever since.
BWK: Who is your favorite Bolt player – former and current?
Jim: Former – Hands Down it is LaDainian Tomlinson. As far as current players, it is #13 Keenan Allen.
BWK: What is your favorite moment/play in the team’s history?
Jim: Rolf Benirschke’s field goal to beat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in the epic overtime playoff win in 1982.
BWK: In your opinion, what is the most glaring need(s) for the team?
Jim: Defense. I am worried about our secondary and whether or not our linebackers can put enough pressure on the Quarterback to give them a chance.
BWK: With our new regime, what moves have pleased you and what moves have discouraged you?
Jim: Last year, drafting Keenan Allen in the third round and the signing of Woodhead were my favorite two moves. It’s too early to know how Verrett, Attaochu, and Watt turn out. I’ve been disappointed that we haven’t had much salary cap room to bring in impact players via free agency. In addition, watching the Broncos bring in DeMarcus Ware, TJ Ward, Aqib Talib (what a trio) has been frustrating.
BWK: How do you and/or your family prepare to watch the Chargers?
Jim: I coach my boy’s football teams. One of my sons, Trevor, is a wide receiver and Keenan Allen is his favorite player. My youngest son plays running back and his favorite player is Tomlinson. They wear those player’s jerseys and I wear my Rivers jersey. It certainly felt like good luck when we started doing this near the tail end of the last season. We will continue to do this during this season in hopes the luck continues.
BWK: What do you think John Pagano needs to do in order to utilize this defense to the best of their abilities?
Jim: Pagano needs to figure out a way to manufacture a good-to-great pass rush without blitzing too much. If we can do that consistently well, we are going to be tough to beat.
BWK: What grade would you have given to the Bolts on draft day and why?
Jim: I would grade it with a “B.” We made some good picks. I hope Verrett works out. I hope that he can play at this level despite his size limitations.
BWK: What player on the current roster do you feel will make the biggest impact this season and why?
Jim: I’ve been reading that Malcom Floyd has been the MVP of OTAs. If he can remain healthy, he will be an impact player and that will be huge. I’m hopeful that Keenan Allen is ready to be a #1 Wide Receiver in the league, but defenses are now going to key in on stopping him. Philip Rivers needs a vertical threat that can open up some short passes and give our running backs a little more space in the box.
BWK: Who do you think, player(s) or coach(es), that need to prove themselves this year?
Jim: I think people are a little hard on Mathews, but in all fairness, he’s had durability issues. I think he can be elite like he was the last 8 weeks of last season. If he gets hurt again or is ineffective, I don’t think San Diego will re-sign him. This is a prove it year for him.
BWK: Living in Arizona, how often are you able to visit the greatest city in America? What are your favorite things to do in San Diego?
Jim: My sister lives in San Diego and has a daughter. We like to visit and hit a Padres or Charger game , go to Lego Land, or Aquatica water park. When we go to San Diego, every day is an adventure and we try to pack in as much fun and excitement as possible.
BWK: Do you think Philip Rivers needs to win a ring in order to be voted into the Hall of Fame?
Jim: Let me start off by saying that I truly am a HUGE Rivers fan, however, I don’t think Philip Rivers is in the Hall of Fame conversation yet. I don’t think he meets the criteria. He has never been a top 3 QB during any season, his stats don’t measure up, and he hasn’t won a Super bowl. My opinion is that the voters won’t get him into Canton even with just one ring – he needs to do more. He’s so much better than Eli Manning and I hope that Eli does not get into the HOF just because of his two rings. I really like Philip Rivers, but he has consistently been a 2nd tier quarterback. I think to be in the Hall of Fame, he would need to be consistently in the top-tier of QBs like Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
BWK: Do you remember where you were when watching the 1994 Charger team? Describe your emotions especially during the playoff run.
Jim: What a run we had that year!! We were good on both sides of the ball, but not great. Seau and Harrison were amazing. Stan Humphries and Natrone Means had career years. I didn’t think we could beat Pittsburgh unless we played a perfect game. We did exactly that! Even though the Chargers made it to the Super Bowl, it was, without a doubt, the hardest Super Bowl to watch.
BWK: What is your honest prediction of the 2014-2015 San Diego Chargers?
Jim: Our schedule is going to be tough. My guess is that we will finish the regular season with a 10-6 mark and a Wild Card birth. I then predict we will win the Wild Card game but lose in the Divisional round.
BWK: How often will you be visiting www.boltblitz.com?
Jim: I check in regularly. It is great to see the passion of other Charger fans. I keep up with all the Big White Kahuna’s articles! (BWK Writer’s note: He was not paid I promise)
BWK: Anything else you want to tell the Bolt Family about yourself?
Jim: I hope to see all this passion in our games especially home games and I hope to meet some who visit this website. I also wanted to say that Tony Gwynn was my all-time favorite sports idol. He was the best hitter since Pete Rose and a world-class person. My heart goes out to his family and the San Diego community for his passing.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks go out to Jim Kirkendall for taking the time to do this interview. Interviews like this are why I love doing Fan Perspective pieces. It’s so great to reach into the minds of the best fans in all of sports.
“PEACE…and Boltness forever” – BWK
It was the summer of 1982 – I remember it very clearly. I was standing in my room, with MLB wallpaper surrounding me. My father was ranting about his favorite baseball team, the Twins, and I realized that I did not have a team in any sport that I cheered for. At that moment, I decided to be my own person and cheer for the same team in every sport for the rest of my life. Should I get behind the Twins? I knew my dad loved the Twins and Vikings because he was born in Minnesota. I said, “I live in Arizona so what professional teams can I become a die-hard fan of? The Phoenix Suns – CHECK!” Now I knew there wasn’t any professional baseball of football teams in Arizona, so what should I do? I distinctly remember looking up at my wallpaper and seeing the San Diego Padres emblem. “Well, I was born in San Diego and I love baseball – CHECK!” Football was next on my list. How fitting was it that a few months earlier I had watched “The Epic in Miami” with my dad and now I was about to select the Chargers as my forever team. I remember my dad telling me after that game, “Son, this is a man’s game and this is how the game should be played.” San Diego Chargers – CHECK!
I was born in late 1972, the location was La Mesa, CA. I lived there for a few years until my parents moved my sister and I further north to Camarillo, CA. At age 5, my dad was transferred to Arizona where I would remain until after i graduated from High School. We were a middle class family that took summer vacations every year to San Diego. We would do the “touristy” stuff, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Zoo, the beaches…etc., but every other year I would get to go to a Padre game at the Murph. I actually still have a pin that says “Goose Saved The Game” on it. In my teens, it became more and more apparent that I seemed to be the only one I knew to cheer for the Padres/Chargers. Then I met my longtime friend Jim, who had recently moved from San Diego to my town and he was a die-hard as well. I knew I now had a best friend for life.
After High School, I needed to leave. The heat, my parents and all the girls who broke my heart, drove me to find another place to call home. I was involved with my church and realized I had a special gift of listening to people and helping others. So I decided to find a Christian University where I could receive my degree in Social Work as well as continue to play baseball. I moved to Portland, OR where I attended and graduated from Concordia University. Now that I was in the NW, and the only other Bolt fan I knew had remained in Arizona to attend college, I was once again in a lonely place.
I remained a true Chargers fan and I was fine with being “different.” My first NFL game was in Seattle when the Seahawks hosted the Bills. The Hawk fans were loud and seemed to be passionate. I did like the fact that I was cheering for the home team, but it also make me sad that I had never seen the Chargers play at home. Should I switch? I mean, I could be living in the NW for a very long time. NO! I was not going to break the promise I made to myself. Then it happened – the 1994 SB team. It was like a sign from the football Gods paying me for my loyalty. The Divisional Playoffs vs. Miami was a blur, but I remember the best play, in my opinion, of our team’s history in the AFC Championship game. I know exactly where I was – alone in the basement of my now ex-in-laws, getting chills watching the replay of Dennis Gibson’s pass deflection that sealed the game and sent the team to their first ever Super Bowl.
I graduated college in 1996 and moved to Seattle, WA. Now even further away from the nest city in the world and still being the only fan I knew, I was once again on an island – literally too since I did live on Vashon Island briefly. I made the best of it. When MLB decided to have Interleague in 1997 I was torn – I was an old school traditionalist and loved the fact that the AL and NL never met until the World Series, but I also was a lonely Padre fan and couldn’t wait to see my Padres in Washington. In 1999, my last year living in Renton, WA., I was able to attend my first Charger game. It was a victorious game for the team, a battle of the FG kickers, but I was happy. There were a hand full of blue and yellow jerseys in attendance and when we passes each other to the food court or restroom, it was like we were long-lost family members. My eyes were open to the possibility that there might be other Bolt Heads near me but how do I seek them out?
In 2000, I divorced my wife and move to Florida where I remain today. Now I was even further away from Bolt Nation. Then about four years ago, while watching a game at Buffalo Wild Wings, I met another fan – Tom. His whole family, wife and two daughters, were all decked out in Sproles, Gates and Rivers jerseys. It was such a nice find especially with my wife’s family being die-hard Steeler fans (Anyone relate to my daily hell??) Being in the “melting pot” of Florida I seem to always be outnumbered – Bucs, Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Broncos overwhelm me. Even though Tom and his lovely family were here to share and enjoy the games with me, I still felt alone. Then I met BoogaP.
Like many of you, I owe Booga a lot for bringing me aboard BoltBlitz and introducing me to all of you. I joined Twitter earlier this year at age 41 and had no idea what was in store. After BoogaP and I followed each other, I sent him a DM about a tweet he sent wanting staff writers. I jumped at the chance since I love to write and what better way than to write about one of my passions, to write about the best team in America’s finest city. I stand here before all of you with tears of joy streaming down as I look at my life divided into two – the lonely soldier to now a part of the Bolt Family. Even though I am still profoundly sad that I am not out in San Diego and able to meet most of you, especially for the 2nd BoltBlitz Meetup, I feel that I am a part of this unique and tremendous community. I no longer walk around town or in Tampa Bay when the Chargers play the Buccaneers, wearing my jersey and feeling isolated.
I just wanted to take this time and explain my story of how alone I have felt my whole life and to express gratitude to all of you, especially BoogaP, for making me feel a part of the greatest community of fans in the world. #BoltUp #DieHardForever
Want to tell me your story? Want to ask me any questions about mine? Go ahead! Would love to hear from any and all of you. Comment below or find me out on twitter at @C_F_O_A
“PEACE….and Boltness Forever” – BWK
Hello, all you Bolt Heads!! I am glad to be a part of BoltBlitz and am eager to begin. To start out, here’s a little something about me.
I was born in La Mesa, CA and then moved to Mesa, AZ when I was 5. Played all sports, but baseball was the one I excelled at. I played High School ball for Mountain View (5A State Champs 1990!!)and then I moved to Portland, Oregon for college where I continued to play ball; too small of a pond to get recognition though.
After getting my BA in Social Work, I lived in Seattle for about 8 years and then finally made the move to FLA back in 2000. I have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter whose middle name Rivers, is in fact named after our beloved QB. (Obsess much??)
How did I become a Charger fan? When I was about 9 years old, I wanted to cheer for one team in every sport for the rest of my life. At the time, the Phoenix Suns were the only professional team in AZ. So I figured that since I was born in San Diego, I will become a die-hard Chargers and Padres fan.
Again, thanks to Booga for this opportunity and I am looking forward to an exciting offseason and an even better season!