The Los Angeles Chargers enter their final five-game stretch of the season with an impressive 8-3 record. But with some difficult matchups to close the season, the Bolts will be greatly tested.
L.A. Charger fans should cherish the ‘Bolts blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 because victories of that fashion will not come easily to finish the year.
The Anthony-Lynn coached squad is fresh off a 45-10 win over Arizona, as Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was nearly perfect in his clinical performance. But in the midst of the dominance was an MCL sprain sustained by ultra-important running back Melvin Gordon. The NFL’s sixth-leading rusher is expected to miss multiple games but should be back if the Chargers make the playoffs.
Although L.A.’s offense still has Rivers and a strong receiving corps, Gordon’s injury vanquishes an extremely valuable element to the offense. His 802 rushing yards and nine touchdown runs take a lot of pressure off the veteran quarterback. Gordon’s absence from the offense could have a negative impact down the stretch.
And with the final five games of the season on the horizon, the Bolts will not be colliding with below average teams. The eight-win squad will square off with three AFC teams in playoff position, two of which are among the top three teams in the conference. They will also clash with a division rival pushing for a Wild Card that has already beaten the Chargers.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how L.A. will fare in their final five games of the 2018 NFL regular season.