Last Saturday night looked amazing to say the least! It seemed like all the big hitters for the Los Angeles Chargers were performing well.
Philip looked like, well like Philip should. Melvin Gordon was, well what Melvin should be. Keenan Allen looked, well he looked like Keenan Allen. What was more impressive was the young guys taking advantage of their time.
Detrez Newsome is making his name well known. Mike Williams is showing why he was the 7th pick overall and Michael Davis looked on point for the most part Saturday night. So it looks like it is safe to assume the Chargers will have a great outlook for 2018.
Take a look as I run through the schedule and shed light on my thoughts and outcomes.
VS Chiefs– It is IMPERATIVE that the Chargers get off to a good start. I can’t stress this enough. The negative vibes that have started each season need to leave and be done. Start strong in the division and start to do work! WIN!
@ Bills– If the Chargers stumble out of the gate they won’t be able to blame this game. If they struggle against Josh Allen or Nate Peterman it will be a sign from the football gods that the Chargers will always stumble out of the gate. WIN!
@ Rams– The famous, “Battle for L.A.” comes to life in this one. This will surely be a barn burner. Todd Gurley will truly put the Chargers run defense to the test, and that insane Rams defensive line will do the same to the offensive line of the Chargers, who still hasn’t added Forrest Lamp to the mix. This will be a game that true die hard football fans foam at the mouth for. I see defense, defense and more hard hitting defense. The Chargers can make a statement here, and I see them doing it even though the outcome of this instant classic might not fall in their favor! LOSS!
VS 49ers– A chance for the Chargers to rebound here. Jimmy G. and the Niners come to town for a California showdown! It will be a big game to get back in the win column and important for them to win here. The youth of Jimmy G. is a pleasant thought, but my personal belief is, “The Jack Boys,” get the last laugh and eat him up. WIN!
VS Raiders– I expect the Raiders not to be a dumpster fire, but at least going through an adjustment period. John Gruden is back and that might lead to a lot of troubles in Oakland. I do like their roster a lot, but Khalil Mack isn’t happy and that is their entire defense. So while the Chargers are trying to get out of the Cali run, I expect a big showing from Philip and Co. WIN!
@ Browns– Now hold on just a minute. The past has always made us weary against this team, but this is a different team. The Browns newly acquired stars will need to be on point. This is another game I am iffy about. I can see the Browns hitting stride here and taking off. I love the match up of Bosa/Ingram and the offensive line of the Browns. For that reason I see the Chargers making it out of, “The Land,” with a W. WIN!
VS Titans– The Chargers are the only “Ten I See!” Ok, getting back to reality. This game has playoff preview written all over it. I am starting to really like the Titans this year. I think they did get better. Dion Lewis should be primed and ready for a decent sized role and be well established by this point. While marcus Mariota doesn’t scare me, I do see the Titans doing their work on the ground here which scares me a lot. LOSS!
@ Seahawks– Now this isn’t the same Seattle that people are used to seeing. They have lost a ton of talent. While this is a home game for the Hawks, the Chargers are fine when it comes to being on the road. Veteran quarterback, and leadership in general, has me confident the Bolts can bounce back! “The Jack Boys,” can also do work here as long as they can keep Russell Wilson in the pocket and get him down. Do not let him outside the tackles, that’s when things can get dicey. WIN!
@ Raiders– Raider week! I think the Raiders can rebound here and put up a good fight. The big questions here are, can Gruden make the necessary adjustments in his style? Also, will Derek Carr be the Derek Carr that made peoples jaws drop? With all that being said, I can see them squeezing one out here. LOSS!
VS Broncos– Now the Bolts face the Broncos. I know they have Von Miller and Bradley Chubb going. I know experts are on the wagon of the Broncos, but I see them as a dumpster fire. Case Keenum sees what it is like to play in the West. Unless Courtland Sutton can come along quickly and Royce Freeman isn’t this years Kareem Hunt, this should be open and shut. WIN!
VS Cards– By the time this game is upon us, the Bolts will be 7-3, according to this article. Also, by the time this game happens, who knows who will be quarterback and how well they will be playing. Sam Bradford’s history has shown us that Josh Rosen will be starting. I do think that David Johnson is the man, but how much of the man is he? I don’t think enough of the man. WIN!
@ Steelers– This game is one that can be a playoff preview too! It has all the ingredients to have heads turning from one end zone to the other. Both teams should be in the middle of their fight to get to the playoffs too! If my thoughts are correct I do believe the Steelers will be trying to fend off a rebuilt Cleveland Browns team as well. Pittsburgh has just been one of those teams for the Chargers. LOSS!
VS Bengals– After a tough loss, the Chargers come home to face the red-headed rifle and the rest of the Bengals! It should be a great homecoming as the Chargers make us believers that they are what their record says they are. They shut down A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and Andy Dalton. WIN!
@Chiefs– This is the only team I can see hanging around us and trying to beat the Chargers out for the West. Depending on how the Chiefs are doing to this point, this can be a huge statement game for the Chargers. This game if they win it can be a tone setter for the post season, if it were to be in their grasps. This will be a dog fight to say the least. WIN!
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VS Ravens– I circled this date in particular. I know Eric Weddle tends to be a fan favorite, and while I do believe the Chargers did him a little dirty, I look forward to when we face him so we can beat them and laugh afterwards. Baltimore’s defense will be legit again this year, but I see the offense sputtering all year. So much that we might even see Lamar Jackson in this game. WIN!
@ Broncos– The Chargers going into this game will be 11-4. That should put them in a fight for the first week bye. If that is the case I would expect to see starters here that will allow fans to enjoy the trip to a 12-4 season. I like the fact that we end at Denver too. It will get the Chargers ready for a potential cold and long run in the postseason. WIN!
This has all the potential to be a great season for the Chargers. No reason for them to not turn heads and shock a couple of people. As for the end result? That will remain to be seen, but the talent I have seen so far in preseason, and what we know they are capable of, should give any Chargers fan hope for a Chargers Super Bowl. Who knows, it could very well be an all L.A. Super Bowl and the Chargers could win the rematch!
The stage is set and I believe the Chargers are going to really shine bright this year!