As a number of teams suit up to lock in a position in the postseason, the Chargers will be putting their pads on for the second to last time of the season. The Bolts have today’s game against the Jets and next Sunday’s contest at home versus the Raiders left on the schedule.
There will be no playoff appearance for the third consecutive year in a row. Many of us were of the opinion that this season would be unlike the two that preceded it.
Unfortunately for myself and others, this season has actually been worse than the last two campaigns.
Once again decimated by injuries and lack of depth, the Chargers have managed a record of only 5-9 through 14 games. As we all know, two of those wins came against a terrible Kansas City team. Needless to say, this year has been a supreme disappointment.
The Chargers are in New York to play the 6-8 Jets at MetLife Stadium. Despite the circus-like atmosphere surrounding the Jets, they do have a better record than the Bolts.
Today’s game, along with a couple of others on the week 16 schedule, will have a serious implications on the outcome of draft positions for the top ten choices in the 2013 draft.
Many fans have resigned themselves to hope that we lose out to ensure a better selection in the upcoming draft. Although I am completely incapable of feeling the same way, I do understand why some fans would resort to such thoughts.
My feelings are that I would like the team to finish strong. I look forward to what our younger guys can do while being given some more playing time. There is no substitute for live game action in the NFL.
Players like Brandon Taylor and Jonas Mouton have had difficulty even being active during the majority of this season’s games. I’m hoping to see Shareece Wright rotated in more at either of the cornerback positions.
Despite my hopes of seeing the younger players standout out, free agent acquisitions such as Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal have a lot to prove as well. It’s looking like both will play and Meachem will start opposite Danario Alexander at the wide receiver spot.
The kids and I are all wearing our navy blue Philip Rivers’ jerseys in support of our favorite signal caller. My biggest concern about this game is that he remains healthy and is able to walk off the field in one piece.
Rivers is a gamer. There isn’t anyone on this earth that could stop him from playing this game. Here’s to hoping that the O-line gives him the time to have a good game.
Only two games left to watch my Chargers play this year. It’s more than a little bit depressing to be quite honest. Another long offseason overloaded with question marks that fortunately will not include whether or not we keep Norv Turner or A.J. Smith.
I feel a little bit better already after putting that in print.
Go, Chargers, GO!
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