Every time around this year, people start wondering how the Los Angeles Chargers are going to play in the cold.
I think this question is stupid, but every time we get late in the NFL season analysts start asking this question when we travel out to other cities. How are the Los Angeles Chargers going to play in the cold weather?
First off, Philip Rivers plays best in December! We all call it Philcember for a reason! Also, not every player on this team has come from a warm weather background. We have some of the best weather in the country and everyone thinks that it is going to mess with our game, but I just don’t see it happening.
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The weather is going to mess with both teams that are on the field. We do love airing it out and that is going to be the biggest concern when it comes to weather. Our current team is structured to attack in a number of different ways. Our run attack is just as explosive as our passing attack.
Even without Melvin Gordon in the game, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will be able to create big plays. Ekeler went to school in Colorado and Jackson went to Northwestern. I am sure they can adapt to the cold weather. My biggest concern will be their ability to protect the football. Young running backs tend to play a little loose with the ball and the added weather could create more chances at a turnover.
The biggest question mark on defense will be our ability to stop the run. If the weather is wet, they Steelers will want to run more and lean on James Conner. We will have to force them to put it in the air and allow the secondary to make plays.
At the moment, weather in Pittsburgh may see some rain. Let’s stop the press from asking this question as we head to the playoffs. They should start to wonder if Patrick Mahomes is going to be able to air it out as the weather gets colder. That should be interesting to watch.