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On Thursday the news broke that the Oakland Raiders had made their quarterback, Derek Carr, the highest-paid player in NFL history. The new deal is for five years and $125 million, a cool $25 million dollars per season. Carr will receive $40 million guaranteed at signing and $69 million guaranteed over the first three years of the deal.

The deal is a huge leap of faith for the Raiders but they feel they finally have their franchise quarterback in the fold. Quarterback has been the most glaring weakness of this team for almost two decades. The last time they had anyone that could be considered franchise quarterback quality would have been the Rich Gannon years from 1999-2004.

Carr is coming off of a breakout season in 2016 in which Oakland went 12-4. In his three seasons as Raiders quarterback, Carr has a 22-26 win-loss record and is barely over a 2.5-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio with 81 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.

Now the league will be watching to see if Clast season was a fluke or if he truly is ascending to the elite level of NFL quarterbacks. He is certainly paid as if he is elite. To their credit, the Raiders have built a championship-caliber defense. The offense is taking shape with Carr, standout wide receiver Amari Cooper, veteran wideout Michael Crabtree and blossoming tight end Clive Walford as an impressive assortment of weapons for Carr. Add the newest addition in legendary running back Marshawn Lynch to bolster the running attack and you have a scary unit, at least on paper.

While Carr is the richest player in the league at the moment, it won’t last long. Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers are all in line for raises next offseason. Skill position players such as Le’Veon Bell and Odell Beckham Jr. will also be looking for mega-millions sooner than later.

What do you think? Was the the right move for the Raiders? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

The Greg One

 

 

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The staff at BoltBlitz.com gives their predictions to Sunday’s game versus the Raiders.

Zak Darman: No Verrett? No Keenan? No Woodhead? Welp, RIP Chargers. I had predicted this on Twitter originally to be 31-10 Raiders….then Verrett got put on the IR with a torn ACL. Now it will be 42-10 Raiders with an absolute beat down and the quest to the top pick will officially begin. But hey, Bosa is back, right? Raiders 42 Chargers 10

Chris LaFurno: The Raiders are going to miss Latavius Murray but the Chargers are going to miss Verrett more. High scoring duel that ends in the Chargers’ defense facing a 3rd-and-long to give the offense the ball to get a chance to win it but they fail. Raiders 35 Chargers 31

Corey Decker: Yes, I’m still holding out hope we get a large enough lead. It’s big enough they can’t blow in one quarter. But it’s also big enough so Mike McCoy can remain on his knees and blow the game. 37-35 Chargers

Travis Blake: On the way into O.co Stadium the Chargers bus gets egged by angry Raiders fans, again. The rotten egg smells follows them into the locker room and onto the field. Joey Bosa gets a sack in the end zone for the Bolts only points of the game. Mike McCoy is fired…up after the loss (I bet you thought I was going to just say “fired”, jokes on all of us). 33-2 Raiders

Brian Scott: Tyrell shreds the D for 150 yards and two touchdowns. However, Cooper and Crabtree exploit weak secondary and Bolts lose again with the lead in the 4th. 44-37 Raiders

Chris Hoke: I hate to say this but Bosa will have like 15-20 snaps. Our secondary that’s held together by glue will finally give way to an aerial assault from Carr to Cooper, who torches the SD secondary for 275 yards and two TDs. While the offense continues its business of shitting the bed. Rivers will give fans more reason to grip as he will get no help being sacked 5 times and throwing 2 picks one being for a pick 6 as the Raiders romp the Chargers. Hopefully ending the misery that is McNorv’s tenure. 34-3 Raiders

Cheryl White: The Bolts pull the “come from behind win” this week, 2-yd score by Gordon. 31-28 Chargers

Mike Pisciotta: 21-point lead at the half. Lead reduced to 13 at the end of the 3rd quarter. 10-point lead with 3:00 to go. You know the rest. 42-37 Raiders

Will McCafferty: As the eternal optimist, I’m going with the Chargers. San Diego blows a 28-14 fourth quarter lead, but managed to kick a game winning, 56-yard field goal with less than a minute on the clock. After regaining the lead, the Bolts opt to squib kick and that gives the Raiders good field position. They drive the ball into Chargers territory but miss a 64-yard field goal attempt wide left to secure the win for the good guys. 31-28 bolts

Greg Williams: This game couldn’t come at a better time for San Diego. After the litany of backbreaking losses on and off the field, what better rallying point than the Raider game. The Chargers circle the wagons, Gordon adds to his league-leading touchdown total and the Bolts DON’T let a two-touchdown lead get away this week as they win convincingly. 30-17 Chargers

Dave Peters: Gordon gashes the Raiders in the first half with two scores and 85 yards rushing, only to be forgotten about, again, in the second half. Henry scores another TD, this time against the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL. Derek Carr takes advantage of a reeling Chargers’ secondary, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. The Bolts win a close one, earning their first divisional win since 2014. 27-24 Chargers

Let us know your predictions and go Bolts! #BoltUp

 

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The San Diego Chargers are having a nightmare of a season. Not even the most pessimistic Bolts supporter would have figured a team this talented would be 2-7 after nine games. Alas, the Chargers find themselves in that position with nothing but doom and gloom on the horizon. With every loss fan apathy outgrows fan anger over the results on the field. Teams that should be an ‘easy win’ for Philip Rivers and company now look daunting. After all, San Diego did just lose to a 1-6 Baltimore Ravens and a 2-6 Chicago Bears team in back-to-back weeks.

For all intents and purposes, the Chargers have fallen into the ‘easy win’ category.

The blackest of the clouds hovering over the Chargers is the relocation issue. A topic that has been lingering for 14 seasons and counting, replacing Qualcomm stadium has been on the agenda every offseason only to eventually  get swept under the rug.

Until now.

With the NFL bent on getting a team back into the lucrative Los Angeles market for the 2016 season, teams are jumping on the opportunity to leave their ramshackle digs in favor of a new state-of-the-art facility in the second-largest market in the United States. The Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams are embroiled in a three-horse race to get the Los Angeles prize. At the same time, Oakland and San Diego are working to get a back-channel deal for a new stadium in their own city at the same time.

St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke has no desire to stay in St. Louis a second longer than he has to. The billionaire has already purchased land in Inglewood, California and is ready to build a stadium upon it the moment the NFL says yes. The Rams are the most storied of the three teams bidding to move. The NFL isn’t exactly happy with the owner trying to ‘bully’ his way into the Los Angeles space without their consent.

The Oakland Raiders are also more than ready to leave their O.Co stadium, known around the league as the worst stadium in the league. The Raiders also have a long history in Los Angeles and are ready to return. It was revealed over the offseason that the Raiders and Chargers ownership have met and discussed co-habitation of a stadium in Los Angeles. The league is interested but the measure does not have the 2/3 support of the other NFL owners to make that proposition a reality. Yet.

The San Diego Chargers have only had one season in a temporary home while Qualcomm stadium (previously known as Jack Murphy stadium) was being built. The Chargers have resided in San Diego for 49 years and looks to be the team working the hardest to keep the team in the city despite ownership saying everything to the contrary. The city, local politicians and the government are working in various capacities on proposals for stadium sites in Mission Valley or in downtown San Diego.

The NFL is watching all three teams. They have listened to multiple proposals from each team and recently concluded town hall forums in each of the three cities to take the pulse of the fanbases there. In the end, it’s all about money. Proposals aside, the team that will make the NFL the most money will win the battle for Los Angeles.

As hard as it is to say or even type, the Oakland Raiders are a team on the rise. At 4-4 they have themselves in the wild card hunt and a future superstars on their hands with quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper maturing together. Cooper was the Raiders 2015 number one draft pick, brought in to give a legitimate weapon to Carr, the Raiders 2014 number one draft pick. The play has paid off and Cooper is succeeding beyond expectations.

St. Louis hit the jackpot with their 2015 number one draft pick, Todd Gurley III. Gurley has taken the league by storm and in the five full games since he’s returned from ACL surgery he’s vaulted into fourth place in the league in rushing with 664 yards and four touchdowns. The rookie is averaging a gaudy 118 yards rushing per game.

Gurley is already drawing comparisons to Adrian Peterson and Eric Dickerson in their prime and has the looks of the next big unstoppable force at the running back position. The Rams are two games behind the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC West lead and have already beaten the Cards once this season.

San Diego is obviously going in the opposite direction. The Chargers are not devoid of bankable stars. If he can stay healthy, which has been easier said than done for the third-year pro, Keenan Allen can be a yearly top-10 wide receiver. Second year cornerback Jason Verrett is going to be tops among the new breed of shut down cornerbacks if he can stay on the field. Even in pictures, Philip Rivers’ love of the game shines through. All of these teams have faces that would look great on a Los Angeles billboard.

What the Chargers needed was a buzz.

It wouldn’t be a reach to say San Diego is a market that is dimly lit on the NFL landscape. They’re known as a ‘soft’ football team. Visiting teams love to go to San Diego because of its perfect weather and the fact that the road team’s fans usually outnumber the local fans creating a ‘home game on the road’ environment.

The Chargers needed a great season tied into a playoff appearance that would have put them into the consciousness of the NFL fans that don’t watch the Chargers or have any familiarity with the players aside from fantasy football. That way, when the NFL announces San Diego as the team headed to Los Angeles it would result in interest and excitement as opposed to the scratching of heads.

The Rams and Raiders have very loud and vocal factions of their fanbases shouting at the NFL from the rooftops that they should be the team that goes to Los Angeles. Rams fans have even started a movement to boycott the games should San Diego get cast in LA. Aside from the diehard San Diego fans, the fanbase largely is not willing to travel two hours up the I-5 to continue to support the Chargers. Apathy does not sell PSL’s and luxury boxes. Shutting out two teams with a long history in Los Angeles for a team with one year of tenure and currently sitting in last place will not draw eyeballs, ad revenue or sell merchandise.

In short, the Chargers are playing their way into San Diego. The biggest ally in keeping the Bolts in San Diego were the Bolts themselves. No one planned for the team to have this dismal a season but in a karmic way they solved their own problem. Forget what the ownership says, it’s all about the league making money and the Chargers are not going to do it.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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That nasty taste is still in my mouth.

No, I don’t mean the taste of the cheap Bud light consumed during Sunday’s debacle.

The San Diego Chargers played their first divisional game of the 2015 season, inviting the Oakland Raiders and their fans to Qualcomm stadium.

The Bolts were embarrassed from the very beginning.

Despite 23 unanswered points scored in the fourth quarter, the final score of 37-29 was not indicative of the way the game was played. The Chargers were outplayed, out-coached  and out-classed by the Raiders.

Let that sink in for a minute.

The Chargers were pathetic on the field, on the sidelines, in the team boxes and, most noticeably, in the stands.

The Raiders fans in attendance came out in full force, equaling the number of Chargers fans, per many fan accounts. The Q was engulfed with silver and black jerseys, cheering on the Raiders at a game where the Chargers fans had very little to cheer about.

At the post-game press conference, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr confirmed the fact that the Oakland fans took over the stadium in Mission Valley.

“It felt like a home game,” Carr said.

Disgusting.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was asked if it felt like a home game to him.

“It was pretty strong, a pretty strong supporting group. I’d heard people say it was possible throughout the week. I hadn’t experienced that–it was great to have all those fans out there supporting us today,” Del Rio said according to mercurynews.com.

This was one of the worst losses to swallow for me as a fan. Of course, some of it had to do with it being a loss to the Raiders, but mostly because of how poorly the players played, how badly the coaches coached and how depressingly outnumbered the Chargers fans were at home.

Maybe I’m still feeling salty from the loss, but I genuinely meant the aforementioned statement. This was one of the worst performances in every facet possible since I have been a fan, three-plus decades.

The Chargers currently sit at 2-5 in last place of the AFC West. They’ll travel east to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week 8, hoping to turn around what has been an incredibly disappointing seven games in 2015.

 

Booga Peters

 

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The San Diego Chargers (2-4) head into this Week 7 matchup coming off yet another close loss, this time to the Green Bay Packers. Here are my keys to winning this week’s matchup against the hated ones, the Oakland Raiders (2-3).

1.) Air it out
Throw the ball. Whether it be another 65 times or less, sling the rock. The Raiders currently sit as the worst passing defense in football and Chargers currently have the best passing offense in football. Much like last week, the Chargers need to use their strength on offense, and continue to use it until the Raiders can (if they can) stop it. If Reich and Rivers both stick to this, the Chargers should come away with their third victory of the season.

2.) Defense, time to eat
What I mean by this, is time to make plays and force turnovers. The Chargers’ defense has only forced seven turnovers in 2015, tying them for fifth worst in football. They need to force turnovers, give the offense a short field and maybe even score points defensively. Either way, they need to get Derek Carr moving his feet, forcing him to chuck up passes and the Chargers’ defense needs to convert those into INTs.

3.) Play smart
You’re at home, play mistake-free. The less mistakes you have, the more of an opportunity you have to win. It’s that simple. Win the penalty column (by committing less than the opposition) and you should be going into Week 8 one game closer to .500.

Do you guys agree or disagree with my keys? Lets me know below and go Bolts!

-Zak Darman

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Last year, the Oakland Raiders ended the season last place in the AFC West with a 3-13 record.  This was their twelfth year having a losing season and finishing last.  The Raiders have long been considered a team of veterans and older players.  In the last few years, they have become a younger, improved team. Young teams tend to start slow but mesh together after a few years.  It appears that the Raiders are starting to mesh and should not be taken lightly going into the 2015 season.

The Raiders have not had stellar performances at the quarterback position since they appeared in Super Bowl  XXXVIII in 2003.  In fact, they have had nine quarterbacks since 2002.  The team drafted Derek Carr out of Fresno State in the second round of the 2014 draft.  At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Carr showed promise in his rookie year.  He played every game in 2014 and ended the season with 3,270 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 10 fumbles.  The Raiders are hoping that Carr will be a long-term quarterback and boost the offense.

In an effort to provide Carr with more weapons at the wide receiver position, the Raiders drafted Amari Cooper out of Alabama and signed Michael Crabtree in free agency.

Former head coach Dennis Allen was fired last year after going 0-4.  He was 8-28 as Oakland’s head coach.  In the offseason, the Raiders hired Denver’s defensive coordinator of three years, Jack Del Rio, to be the new head coach.  They hired Ken Norton Jr. as the defensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as the offensive coordinator. Norton was the linebackers coach with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.  Musgrave served as the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.  The changes in the coaching staff will make looking at film from last year almost impossible as a means to assess the 2015 Raiders.

After three preseason games, it appears that the defense is the more dominant aspect of the Raiders. Khalil Mack — playing predominantly at defensive end and some outside linebacker — is making quite the impression in the preseason.  Mack was drafted in the first round in 2014 from the University at Buffalo.  At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, he had 75 tackles for loss and 16 forced fumbles in 4 years with UB.  Last year, the 24-year-old recorded 76 tackles, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and four sacks.

 

Laura Leech

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is not certain where he’ll be playing in 2016 and not just because of the team’s shaky stadium situation in San Diego.

In case you missed it, Rivers talked with the U-T San Diego about his future with the team.

Basically said he’s committed to playing out his contract with the Bolts, which expires after the 2015 season, but is unsure whether he’ll sign a new contract or try to work out an extension before training camp starts in July.

One of the reasons is, of course, family. Philip and his wife Tiffany have built a family in San Diego and if a move is necessary they will likely try to make it back South (both are from Alabama) instead of Los Angeles.

Add that revelation to the fact the Chargers are bringing in Oregon QB Marcus Mariota for a workout in April, and all of a sudden you have grounds for some serious speculation on a major overhaul of the Chargers offense.

So, let’s remove the emotion from the situation and sort some of it out logically.

First and foremost, the Chargers want to keep Rivers in place. General Manager Tom Telesco came from Indianapolis. His first year there was 1998, when the Colts drafted Peyton Manning. His last year there was 2012, when they took Andrew Luck. If anybody understands the importance of having a franchise quarterback in place, it’s Telesco (You can hear for yourself how Tom feels about Rivers in the video attached to this story, which was recorded December 31, 2014).

Telesco says he thinks Rivers has a number of good years left in him. The recent signings of Stevie Johnson and Orlando Franklin would suggest the Bolts still consider Rivers the key to their offense. For now, at least. Telesco also said he’s committed to Rivers retiring as a Charger.

But, what if Rivers is not? Then what do the Chargers do?

Bolts fans don’t have to think too far back to see what happened the last time the team let a QB walk out of town while getting nothing in return. In about 10 years they’ll see it on the bust of Drew Brees in Canton, OH. Rivers blossoming into a star eased the pain of Brees’ success, but the odds of having three Pro Bowl (and possibly Hall of Fame) caliber passers in a row are astronomical.

Here’s where Mariota enters the mix.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is going to have a private workout for the Bolts’ brass. Mariota’s athletic skill set could not be more different than Rivers, but having him learn for a year under #17 (who has already spent time coaching the youngster before the NFL Combine) would not be a bad thing.

If Telesco gets the vibe he’s not going to be able to retain Rivers long-term, he needs to be looking out for his franchise, and he could certainly do worse than adding someone as talented as Mariota.

Of course, that opens the question of … how would the Chargers get their hands on Mariota? He’s projected to be long gone before the Bolts make their selection in this year’s Draft (and no, the irony of that pick being #17 has not been lost). So, the Chargers would have to make a trade up.

Assuming Tampa Bay selects Jameis Winston first overall (which they’ve said publicly they’re leaning towards), the next team up also has serious QB issues: Tennessee. The Titans are quite the interesting possibility.

Ken Whisenhunt is their head coach. In 2013, he had a tremendous relationship with Rivers while serving as San Diego’s offensive coordinator. He would love to get his hands on Philip. However, sources close to the Titans tell me they’d be “shocked” if Tennessee traded the second overall pick for Rivers.

The Titans have a bunch of holes to fill. They are not one QB away from being true contenders. So, if they do deal the number two pick, it will be to stockpile other picks, and the Chargers are not likely to make that kind of gamble when they have as many issues to address as they do (o-line, d-line, running back, linebacker, etc.).

Looking at the rest of the NFL Draft order, there aren’t many teams who will use a pick on a quarterback:

3) Jacksonville – took Blake Bortles last year
4) Oakland – took Derek Carr last year
5) Washington – still don’t know what to do with Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy
6) NY Jets – ABSOLUTELY NEED A QB
7) Chicago – Possibility here. Jay Cutler could be released in another year
8) Atlanta – Matt Ryan
9) NY Giants – Eli Manning
10) St. Louis – just traded for Nick Foles but still a possibility
11) Minnesota – took Teddy Bridgewater last year
12) Cleveland – took Johnny Manziel last year
13) New Orleans – Drew Brees
14) Miami – Ryan Tannehill, although it’s possible they’re not 100% sold on him
15) San Francisco – Colin Kaepernick, basically the same style as Mariota
16) Houston – definitely in the market for a QB

So, the Chargers might not have to deal Rivers to get their hands on Mariota. If he falls far enough in the first round, they could conceivably move up just a couple of spots and not sacrifice too much (of course, the Eagles are lurking at #20 and, despite what Chip Kelly says about Sam Bradford, he’d make a more for his former recruit).

So you see there are a lot of moving pieces in play that would have to line up for Marcus Mariota to land in San Diego.

The other part of this whole scenario is this: The Chargers offense is built around Philip Rivers. If he is shockingly dealt before this year, or allowed to leave after the 2015 season, a whole lot of guys will go with him.

Antonio Gates, also a free agent, will leave. Eric Weddle, also a free agent, will leave. Those guys are not going to wait around for a rebuild; they’ve been through enough already. The entire identity of the Chargers, the franchise as we know it, will cease to exist. It will signal a complete personality change for the franchise.

Now, you can crack your jokes about that being perfect for a team playing in a new city, but the fact is this is a defining moment in Chargers history, not just off the field, but on it, as well.

 

Derek Togerson

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The only stat that matters is the final score.  The Chargers were able to justify that fact Sunday with a 31-28 win over Oakland.

After the team bus was egged by the scum that are known as Raider fans, the Bolts cam out sluggish and watched rookie quarterback, Derek Carr, sling the ball all over the field while throwing for four touchdowns.

No worries.  Remember, a divisional win on the road is incredibly difficult to obtain.  The San Diego Chargers left Oakland with a victory and that makes them 1-0 against the AFC West after their first divisional contest.  The trek toward a division crown began yesterday and the Chargers weathered the storm and came out with the W.

Carr was not intimidated by the fact that he was coming off of an injury.  He can make all of the throws and the San Diego defense was tested early and often.  He had a solid game.  But when the game was on the line, and the Raiders needed to make a play, he stepped out of his comfort zone and went deep when it might have not been necessary.

In comes rookie corner and first round draft pick Jason Verrett.

What an athletic play.

Carr goes deep in a situation where Oakland should have probably been setting up for a field goal to tie the game.  There would not be an opportunity to tie the game due to Verrett making a tremendous play against the team he rooted for as a child.

Jason has admittedly come out and said that he grew up a Raider fan.  It’s funny how things change in life.  He had his family there in attendance and he made the biggest play of his young career; snatching an interception on what would be the last meaningful play of the win over the Oakland Raiders.

Jason Verrett was raising his right arm in the air as he came down with the game-clinching pick.  Watch the replay.  You’ll see the playmaker that is Verrett signaling that he sealed the victory.  He, while securing the pick, extended his right arm with his finger up showing that he had just snagged his first pick of his rookie season.  It was a huge play that enabled the Bolts to run out the clock and ensure their first divisional win.

I tried to tell everyone pre-draft that Verrett should be the pick at number 25.  My true concern was that he wouldn’t be available that late in the first round.  I was at Radio City Music Hall when he was selected.  What a moment.  When his name was announced I was ecstatic and proud of the selection.  Not to toot my own horn, but BEEP BEEP!

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

 

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The Chargers face a run of three straight divisional opponents in weeks 6 through 8.  They begin in Oakland, return home to face Kansas City and then fly out to Denver to take on the Broncos.  This might be the most important stretch of games during the 2014 season.

Having three games against division foes can make or break a season regardless of a current record of 4-1.  When it comes down to tie-breakers late in the season toward a push for a playoff spot, the record against the division is incredibly important.  The AFC West is one of the better divisions in all of the NFL.  When you face teams like Denver and Kansas City, a split with both teams is welcomed in the scheme of things.  The Broncos are a formidable opponent and Arrowhead is a very tough place to go to and leave with a win.

And then there’s the week 6 rival in the form of the Oakland Raiders.

I have no problem admitting that the Raider game causes some concern for me.  A recently fired head coach replaced by an interim one and they are coming off of their bye.  The fact that they are winless provides an even bigger threat, in my opinion.  They are looking at each game as though it is their Super bowl.  They will, without a doubt, be fighting tooth and nail to obtain their first win of the 2014 campaign.

The Raiders look to have rookie quarterback, Derek Carr, returning from injury and he’ll eventually be a solid signal caller in the NFL.  The running game in Oakland has been abysmal.  Their offense is ranked 32nd overall and the San Diego defense must find a way to keep them at that ranking.  James Jones is a threat at wideout and Denarius Moore can fly.  The defensive backfield for the Bolts will have to shut them down to avoid giving up explosive plays.

Although the Raider offense has been inept to this point, their defensive backs have been impressive.  Oakland boasts the 4th rated pass defense in the league.  The same can’t be said about their run defense.  Their defensive unit is currently ranked 31st at stopping the run.  Branden Oliver might be set up to top his career day that he had versus the New York Jets.

Every division game is a battle.  The Bolts will need to take this game very seriously and they should fly home from Oakland with the very much-needed divisional win.

In week 7 the Bolts come home to face the Chiefs. Alex Smith is known around the league for being a game manager, but he has a few weapons at his disposal that would suggest otherwise.  The running game in KC is stout; featuring running back stud Jamaal Charles and newcomer Knile Davis.  Defending the run against Kansas City will be paramount in achieving a home win.  The defense is highlighted by players like Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Dontari Poe.  Houston and Hali form one of the best pass rushing duos in the league.  Poe is a serious force to be reckoned with in the middle of the Chief defensive line.  Having a safety that is as athletic as Eric Berry doesn’t hurt their chances.  That being said, Antonio Gate has owned Berry and made him look silly in coverage on multiple occasions.

And then there is the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning.  Regardless of how tough the game against the Seahawks was in week 2, this is the true test for the team.  With San Diego having faced two straight divisional opponents in a row, Denver is ready to do what they can to build on the fact that they beat San Diego two out of three times last season.  Manning has weapons all over the offense including Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas.  Yikes.  Those are a “host” of players that the San Diego defense will be held accountable for limiting in their production.  ( That “host” portion was for you, Dad. )

The Bronco defense added pieces such as DeMarcus Ware, Aquib Talib and T.J. Ward in the offseason during free agency.  Minus Ware, the other two players have not contributed as expected.  But it is safe to say that Denver upgraded those positions due to those acquisitions.

Peyton is stacked when it comes to options in the receiving game.  Lord knows he still has some lead left in that cannon.  But his ability to throw deep down the field is no longer like it used to be.  John Pagano’s gameplan must be aggressive and he must find a way to rattle Manning and make him nervous.

Now that I’ve run my mouth about the next three games, I’ll leave it to you to provide you thoughts via voting and the comment section.  The poll below gives you and opportunity to put in your two cents regarding the 3-game divisional foe stretch the Chargers are about to embark on.

 

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