“Hope in one hand and shit in the other, see which one fills up first.” – Unknown
After losing six games in a row, the San Diego Chargers pulled off a much-needed win against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, taking the game by a score of 31-25.
Currently sitting with a record of 3-8, the Chargers’ playoff hopes are basically nonexistent. That being said, the AFC is very weak in 2015, and nothing would surprise me at this point.
Who am I kidding? I would be incredibly surprised if the Bolts have anything to play for following today’s game.
Many fans were disappointed with the team’s victory over the Jags because they were looking for the team to tank in hopes of securing a top-5 draft pick in 2016.
The Chargers face the Denver Broncos at home on Sunday. The Broncos are coming off of a big win against the New England Patriots in Week 12.
With Peyton Manning on the shelf due to plantar fasciitis, Brock Osweiler has taken over the starting role at quarterback. The Denver offense seems to be performing better now that Osweiler is the signal caller.
Although the Broncos’ offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders, with their running game finally adding to their arsenal, their defense boasts one of the best units in the NFL. Philip Rivers and company will have their work cut out for them, as the Broncos have playmakers at all three levels of the defense.
Things do not appear to be in the Chargers’ favor today, but these are the type of games the Bolts seem to do just enough to win; they play up to the competition of quality opponents, and down to the level of lesser teams.
Well, that’s enough with me rambling on, let’s get right to the point of this post.
Are you hoping for a Chargers’ win today? Or are you wanting the team to take that much-expected ‘L’, helping to move them closer to a better draft pick in ’16?
You know the drill; place your vote below and leave a comment justifying why you voted the way you did.
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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
The good news is, to paraphrase the New York Yankees play-by-play announcer…
The Chargers WIN! The-e-e-e-e-e Char-Gers WINNNNN!!
The bad news is they’re still living single in the basement of the AFC West. With the Denver Broncos still winning games despite starting unproven quarterback Brock Osweiler in the place of the injured Peyton Manning. The AFC West and the playoffs are out of reach for the San Diego Chargers. The team is playing for pride and for their jobs at this point. If the road win against Jacksonville is any indication, they will continue to play hard with hopefully different results. The Chargers were one week shy of not winning a game in two months. That’s enough to damage the strongest psyche.
The question is, how is your fanhood these days, Boltfam?
Possibly the one thing worse than a team going on a prolonged losing streak is being a diehard fan of the team on the prolonged losing streak. At the end of the day, those guys still go home to their families, their mansions and multi-million dollar bank accounts. We, the fans, go home to our flats, apartments, homes, run-down cars and enough bills to choke all the bugs hidden inside the walls.
There’s been enough scuttlebutt surrounding the season as a whole with the stadium situation, relocation rumors, contract disputes and a season to forget, to top it all off. I’ve personally talked to many fans who have decided to tie their allegiance to another team. Others have become fed up and wish the Bolts would lose out in order to gain a top draft pick in hopes of getting better next season. Others, like myself, stay all-in win or lose, hoping that win streak begins this week.
No one is wrong.
We all have a point of no return. Some have reached it, some have not. A good metaphor would be the movie Titanic. In the movie, the band kept playing as the ship went down. For those who don’t know, the Titanic was a multi-ton luxury cruise ship that was the first of its kind that hit an iceberg and sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage.
This season, the Chargers are the Titanic. We the fans are symbolized by the ballroom full of people enjoying the band and socializing. The ship (the season) is sinking. The question is, do you abandon ship and look for the nearest life raft, or make like the band and go down with the ship?
Again, there is no wrong answer.
This season could drive any Chargers’ loyalist to drink, heavily. There are no easy wins when you’re a Bolts fan. There are no games where the outcome is favorably foretold by halftime. We must sweat through every minute of every game, waiting for those final moments when Philip Rivers can take a knee and run out the clock. Our sanity is tested week in and week out. San Diego has one of the most talented rosters in the league, yet this season they can’t seem to get out of their own way. Injuries, bad officiating, questionable playcalling and talent decisions have all contributed to undermining a promising season.
Personally, I’ve been invested in the Chargers since age seven, and this isn’t the first losing season I’ve endured. It is far from it. But, it does seem like the worst losing season, because as you get older, each season takes on more meaning. If you’re a young fan, now may be the time to grab a life raft and jump overboard before too many years of your life have been invested, eventually making turning back impossible.
I’m in the band. Always have been, always will be. Probably singing lead. Where do you find yourselves these days, Boltfam? Band or life raft?
The Greg One