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
Let us begin with one seemingly simple, yet frequently argued truth: the Chargers made the right decision when they let Drew Brees get away.
Those with 20/20 hindsight see how great Brees became and know that he won a ring with New Orleans. They look at his accomplishments after leaving San Diego and compare them to the success, or lack thereof, of the Chargers under Rivers, and envy the fans of the Saints.
That being said, be honest with yourself, Drew Brees was seriously injured in his last game in San Diego and, quite frankly, his performance with the Chargers was average at best.
Please allow me to refresh your memory.
During the Brees’ tenure in San Diego, he was very hit-or-miss. In his first season, he sat the bench and learned behind fan-favorite Doug Flutie. In his sophomore year, 2002, he won the starting role, but was only able to throw for a little over 3200 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, adding two fumbles. Not bad for a first-year starter, but he lead the team to a middling 8-8 record.
Brees came back as the starter in 2003 and only amassed 2100 yards with 11 touchdowns, 15 picks, and four fumbles. He was benched by then head coach Marty Schottenheimer and replaced by Flutie. Despite the efforts of Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the team ended up just 4-12 that season. With Brees seemingly heading in the wrong direction, the Chargers’ brain trust decided that it was time to draft a quarterback.
Enter Philip Rivers.
In 2004, Brees could see the writing on the wall. The Chargers traded for Philip Rivers on draft day and he was the heir apparent to the starting QB job.
Brees’ days were numbered indeed.
Fortunately for Drew, Philip decided to hold out for more money and missed most of training camp. Coach Schottenheimer decided that he could not afford to start their new $40 MIL rookie and put Brees back in his familiar role.
Well, one thing we all know about Drew Brees in current times is that when his back is against the wall, he will come out fighting. He went on to throw for over 3100 yards with 27 touchdowns, against just 7 interceptions and four fumbles. This was by far his most productive season, as he lead his team to an amazing 12-4 record.
What do you do with a quarterback who just lead your team from worst to first in a single year? You start him the next year!
The 2005 campaign rolls around and Rivers is sent to the bench once more. That holdout is proving very costly to the sophomore QB. This was the last season on Brees’ contract. Something had to be decided by the end of the year. Two quarterbacks’ futures were on the line as the season wore on. Brees was quite inconsistent in 2005. He amassed just under 3600 yards and 24 touchdowns, but his interceptions ballooned back up to 15 and his fumbles up to eight!
The decision was going to be tough.
With the team going 9-7 and Brees showing signs of greatness along with signs of ineptitude, no one was sure whom the Chargers would keep.
Word was leaked out that general manager AJ Smith wanted to keep Rivers. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer liked Brees.
Who would win the job?
As it turned out, that difficult decision was made quite easy. Despite many who thought Brees should not play the meaningless final game of the season, Schottenheimer decided he should. Many speculated that Brees got the start because Schottenheimer did not want to showcase what Rivers could do and keep AJ Smith from offering Brees a contract extension.
Whatever the reason was, it backfired in a big way.
While attempting to recover a fumble, Brees suffered a severely torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. This injury is not considered an automatic career-ender, but many do not return with the same arm strength. Brees was not considered a strong-armed QB to begin with, so the thought of him coming back weaker was not attractive. Also, the thought of letting go of their $40 MIL bonus baby was eating away at AJ Smith.
Smith made the call. With Brees’ numbers declining and it being impossible to determine if and when he would recover from his injury, it was time to part ways; thus opening the door for Philip Rivers, who lead the Chargers to a 14-2 record the following season.
With Rivers and Tomlinson playing at an extremely high level, it was obvious that Smith made the right call. Hell, even the Dolphins, who brought Brees in for a workout, refused to sign him. They opted instead for aging veteran Daunte Culpepper. That proved to be an extremely poor decision.
Yet again, when you tell the undersized Drew Brees that he can’t do something, he gets determined to prove you wrong. Brees rehabbed his shoulder and came back stronger than ever before. The New Orleans Saints decided to take a shot and signed him as their new starting QB. Just four years later, Drew Brees was hoisting the Lombardi Trophy high in the air and celebrating his Super Bowl victory with the Saints. He was the king of New Orleans and the top passer in the NFL.
Sunday, October 2, 2016, Drew Brees returns to his roots. He will once again grace the field at Qualcomm stadium in front of thousands of adoring fans who think about what could have been.
You see, Drew Brees didn’t leave San Diego in an ugly fashion. There may have been no love lost between Brees and the Chargers’ front office, but with the community, all was well. In fact, Brees still lives in San Diego in the offseason and is a pillar of the community.
There is no question that the success that Brees has seen in his brilliant career in New Orleans has helped revisionist historians question the decision to let him go. That being said, what choice did the Chargers have? Keep an ailing, undersized, average quarterback? Or, give the young stud who they had invested so heavily his opportunity to shine?
In reality, the decision worked out for both teams. Brees found the perfect situation, team, city and coach to allow his skills to flourish. Rivers stepped in and quickly made fans believers. In fact, they are both considered to be future Hall of Fame QBs by many experts.
My question is, if Brees did not get injured, would he ever have had the chip on his shoulder that allowed him to build up his strength and become a far stronger and more deadly quarterback than he was in his first five years?
We will never know the answer to that question, so the debate goes on.
Thanks for reading. Please leave your comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.
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