Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) jumps over the line during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

3 Bold Predictions For Week One


1. Ryan Mathews averages over 5 yards per carry, but still doesn’t crack 100 yards.

Why? Unlike most feature backs in the NFL, Ryan Mathews has yet to solidify himself as a workhorse back. He will get the nod on first and second down, but will be relieved on third down by Ronnie Brown and the versatile new weapon, Danny Woodhead. Mathews has had arguably one of the best off-seasons of any Charger and will show glimpsed of greatness, but will not get enough carries to eclipse the 100 yard mark in Week 1.

Projection: 14 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD.

2. Antonio Gates will catch more passes than the second and third leading receivers combined.

Why? Philip Rivers is still looking to gain confidence in this new offense. If you watched the preseason at all, you know that Rivers was consistently using his big bodied tight ends as a safety valve. Mike McCoy’s offense doesn’t seem to be stretching the field quite like we have grown accustomed to with San Diego offenses in the past. Maybe the Bolts were just dialing back the offense for the preseason, but regardless Rivers does not seem to be looking outside often. Look for Gates to have his best year in recent history. He is completely healthy once again and in an opportune position to thrive in 2013. He should be especially effective against a Houston defense that will be consistently breaking through a mediocre Chargers offensive line, leaving Rivers in need of a dump off.

Projection: 9 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD.

3. Shareece Wright gets thrown at often, but picks off Matt Schaub in his opening game as an official starter.

Why? Shareece is going to be matched up against the Houston Texans #2 receiver, Rookie Deandre Hopkins. Hopkins is quicker than fast, and has an uncanny ability to make catches in traffic. Matt Schaub is going to be looking at Hopkins early and often and Shareece Wright will be the perfect matchup for him. Wright has gained size since entering the league two years ago and still maintains elite 4.4 speed. Wright will solidify his role as the #2 corner for the Bolts on Monday night.

Projection: 3 pass breakups, 1 INT.

November 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright (29) after a defensive stop in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium. The Ravens won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

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  • Cgoodness13

    Shareece will injure all their Recievers, and we win by default

    • Stefanie Smith

      Yes. I hope they are telling Shareece which guys are the Texans. lol

  • JoseSD

    Gates and Ladarius Green will be #1 and #2 in receptions for the game

  • Stefanie Smith

    Sports analysts give us no chance of winning. Also they think Fluker is making too many mistakes. But I tell ya what, Freeney is going to get Schaub.

    My biggest concern is our o-line letting the Texans’ D and JJ Watt sack Rivers all game long. I just don’t want Rivers getting injured.

  • FitzWilly

    JJ Watts ruptures his Vagina in the first and has to leave the game :)
    Fozzy for 120 in kick off returns :)
    Woodhead 2 TDs :)

    • Adam

      Yes! To all three!!!

    • Jordan

      Lmao

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      HandJob Trophy fo sho’!!!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Oh well, we are in good company. None of the analysts think the Packers can beat the 9ers.

  • ninebarrows

    Go Chargers, the Bandwagon is ready to roll, when they beat the Texans.

  • Gomie Reyes

    Laderious Green all day long don’t think Wiz and McCoy didn’t c what Denver’s ROOKIE tightens did and LG has proved himself all preseason that he’s more than capable for a 100 yard game pass him the rock Rivers would love that guy probably name his next kid after him. CHARGERS FOREVER

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      I hope we do see LG

    • Adam

      He’s one of my most anticipated players to see!!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Can’t wait to see Shareece Wright in action.

  • Jordan

    Who’s gonna be out there sided with weddle? Hope it’s Brandon Taylor

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Marcus Gilchrist listed at top oh depth chart

      • Jordan

        Interesting, I think I’d rather have Taylor there. He looked good in that preseason game

  • SuperCharged21

    Rushing: Between Ryan and Woodhead, somewhere close to 120 yards between the both of them, Ryan with a better game, and Danny with a good ratio of rushing avg for his carries.

    Passing: Gosh, I want to say Philip Rivers has 2-3 TDS. Somewhere between 200-299 yards.

    Receiving: V. Brown gets a 1st down or two. Gates with 4-5 catches.

    Defense: 2 sacks at least, 1 interception

    Special Teams: Good runs, and Good stops on kick off side of the ball.

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  • C.Steele

    Great article Paul! But, you gave such great explanations (Which I happen to endorse 100%) that those are not so much bold predictions, but practical! #GoBolts!