The San Diego Chargers travel to Denver to face the Broncos in a game that means NOTHING. The Chargers have no chance to make it into the playoffs and just have to finish out the final game of the season healthy, then start looking toward next season. The only impact this game has is the draft position for the Chargers, a loss would give them a better spot, while a win would drop them down a few spots. The game will be all about the pride of the players and wanting to close the season on a good note.
On offense, Mike Tolbert will not be able to play the game, so rookie Ryan Mathews will have an opportunity to get more carries, more experience, and get more confidence going into next season. This will be the first game all season that the Chargers will play with receivers Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd, and Legedu Naanee on the field. All 3 players will be a free agent at the end of the season, so this may also be the last time all 3 are on the field at the same time. Antonio Gates will be sidelined with his foot injury and Randy McMichael will get the start.
The defense will not have Stephen Cooper in the lineup and Brandon Siler will be the starter. The Chargers have struggled in games that Cooper has missed, allowing big chunks of yards and losing the last 2 games without him (Oakland and Cincinnati). The Chargers wiface QB Tim Tebow for the first time and will have to find a way to slow down the rookie. The Chargers have already lost to a rookie QB (Sam Bradford) once this year and are at risk to losing to two.
The Chargers have struggled on the road and don’t have anything to play for and I could see them coming out flat for this game. I don’t even know if fans are interested in watching this game. My main interest is to watch Ryan Mathews and Tim Tebow play in the game and to see how both of them do. It really has the feel of an exhibition game. Let’s get out of this game healthy, then let’s start looking toward next season.
Let GO BOLTS!
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