Every week, I take a look at three reasons why the Los Angeles Chargers could win or lose their upcoming game. Up this week, a trip to the Big Apple to take on the New York Jets.
Most of us believed in you, holding onto a hope that our beloved team had finally turned the corner. But an ugly combination of old habits reared its ugly head, and you lost 30-13. Yeesh.
This week, the Bolts look to take on the Jets, a relatively over-achieving team that gets blown out by the Oakland Raiders one week but beats the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs in other weeks. Regardless of which team shows up, Los Angeles needs to get their act together and get back to their “beating up on lesser teams” ways.
I unfortunately would not be surprised if they lost, however, and here are three reasons why they could lose this game and fall out of playoff contention:
3. Injuries are suddenly piling on
Last week felt like a nightmare.
Adrian Philips, Denzel Perryman, Corey Liuget, Joe Barksdale, Hunter Henry, Russell Okung, Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler all left the game at some point. After an entire year of being incredibly healthy, the Chargers all got hurt at the worst possible time. Can they prevail?
The biggest loss for this game is Perryman, one of the keys to the Chargers’ recent
defensive success. I just cannot see another linebacker on this roster that can make the downhill tackles that he is capable of. Henry is going to be nearly impossible to replace, as he is arguably the most important player on offense. Allen is an incredible wide receiver, but there’s nothing like a big-bodied tight end with the surest hands in football for Philip Rivers’ security blanket. I’ll be interested to see who picks up blocking duties in Henry’s absence.
If the Chargers cannot adjust, they may very well lose this game. Against the Chiefs, the Bolts were on their heels the entire game, seemingly unable to adjust schematically or personnel-wise. It could be a long day for Los Angeles.