Oct 31, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Javier Arenas (21) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Despite the fact that the Chargers are coming off a complete butt whooping last week, I must admit that I feel confident going into the unfriendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium.
I like the way we matchup with the Chiefs. Arrowhead provides an environment that is electric, to say the least. The Kansas City fans love their Chiefs.
Last week was a terrible performance in all phases of the game. Offense, defense, special teams, and coaching all left a lot to be desired.
Offensively the Bolts were unable to protect Rivers and were completely unable to muster a running game. Well, actually, Mathews looked very quick and explosive prior to the 11th fumble of his career.
That was the play where an obvious momentum shift took place. But I won’t waste my time, in this article, talking about the importance of momentum or not turning the ball over.
Defensively I was extremely frustrated by the Manusky-like playcalling of John Pagano. He called the game “scared.” He refused to send more than four rushers at a time against a soon to become elite quarterback in Matt Ryan.
In my opinion, that is not the recipe for defensive success. And I certainly don’t want to hear that Cason playing 12 yards off the ball is by design. If that’s the case, please allow the former Thorpe award winner to play closer to the line of scrimmage.
The special teams portion of the Bolts was let down by Mike Scifres. Scifres is one of the best punters in the game; please don’t get me wrong. But that 32 yard shank is not something that we are accustomed with number 5. Heck, I respect Scifres so much that I own his jersey. It’s true.
It may not sound as though I have moved on from last week. But I have and I can’t wait for Sunday. Enough with last week. Here are my bold predictions for the Chargers in week 4.
–Ryan Mathews will rush for 125+ yards and not fumble. He will also have 40+ yards in receiving. But he will disappoint fantasy football owners, such as myself, by not scoring a touchdown.
–Philip Rivers will throw for over 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. He will also throw zero picks. We’ll see.
–Atari Bigby will actually catch an interception this week. He has, admittedly, had opportunities for picks but has not been able to haul them in for the turnover.
–Jamaal Charles will be contained and held under 85 yards rushing.
–Dwayne Bowe will only have 3 catches. He will, however, score Kansas City’s lone offensive touchdown.
–Tony Gonzalez will grab 9 receptions for 91 yards at the age of 89 years old. Oh, wait, that happened last week. What I meant to say was the Chargers will limit the Chiefs’ tightends to 8 catches and 100 yards between Moeaki and Boss.
–Nate Kaeding will hit a 55+ yard field goal. Kaeding has a career long of 57 yards that he nailed against Tampa Bay.
–Shaun Phillips will have another two sack game with both coming after the Chargers have a lead.
-Mike Scifres will only have to punt two times.
–Eddie Royal will return a punt for a touchdown only to have it called back for an illegal block in the back.
–Aubrayo Franklin will have 7 tackles at the nose tackle position.
–Matt Cassel will be sacked 6 times.
-Philip Rivers will be sacked four times for the second game in a row.
–Dexter McCluster will have over 100 yards combined between both receiving and rushing. 35 of those yards coming on a reverse.
–Ryan Succop will miss two field goals.
-Chargers will win the game 34 to 13.
There you have it. Can’t wait for the trolls to come at me for this one. No, seriously, I can’t wait! Even though they are leaving hateful, negative comments, that shows us here at BoltBeat.com that you are at least paying attention.
I love haters. At least they are passionate about what they believe. The question remains whether or not their hatred is just that or an inner desire to forget that they are completely incapable of doing what the players are expected to do. But what do I know? That is up for debate.
Thanks a lot for reading.