The Los Angeles Chargers have waited eight long months to get the taste of last season’s playoff defeat out of their mouths. The first chance to do that comes on Sunday.
The Chargers open the 2019 season at home against the Indianapolis Colts. Up until two weeks ago, this looked like one of the more difficult games on the entire schedule for the Chargers and one that many would have picked against them in.
That’s because up until their franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck, decided to call it quits on his career, the Colts were a trendy Super Bowl pick. Instead of Luck, the Chargers will now see Jacoby Brissett in at quarterback and that changes things dramatically.
- How much of a step back do the Colts take with Brissett at quarterback? Brissett has a 5-13 career win-loss record as a starter.
- The Chargers will be without Melvin Gordon at running back. Can Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson carry the load for the Los Angeles running game?
- What will having a healthy Hunter Henry do for the Chargers’ offense?
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The last two storylines are the ones that Chargers fans will be most interested in. We have talked about Gordon for months now but it has been confirmed that for this game at the very least, the Chargers will be leaning on other players to run the ball.
Henry missed all of last season and hasn’t played in a game that mattered for the team in well over a year and a half as he also missed the final two games of the 2017 season. He did suit up for the playoff game against the New England Patriots last season but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent.
The last time the Chargers had Henry on the field in the capacity of a threat to catch the ball was December 16, 2017.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2019
Kickoff: 1:05 pm PT
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA.
Commentators: Greg Gumble and Trent Green
Radio: KFI-AM 640
Live stream: fuboTV
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