The Los Angeles Chargers started the season with a win in the season opener and now face the Detroit Lions on the road. Up next are the bold predictions for the game.
Week 1 was full of surprises around the league, and the Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts delivered some of them. Before going on to name the predictions for this week, let’s review last week’s bold predictions and see how accurate or inaccurate they were.
- Chargers have the home-field advantage: Right
- The Chargers sack Jacoby Brissett four times: Wrong
- The Chargers rush for over 150 yards: Wrong
It wasn’t a bad start to the season for the bold predictions at all. On paper, only one was correct. However, the other two predictions weren’t far off. The small Dignity Health Sports Park was at near full capacity, registering an attendance of 25,363, per ESPN. That’s 94 percent of the venue’s 27,000 capacity.
While there was a noticeable Colts fan presence in the stadium, most of the seats were filled by Chargers’ jerseys, foam lighting bolts and blue-and-gold Rey Mysterio masks. These fans made their presence known in key situations, and it helped the team win a very close game.
The Chargers didn’t sack Brissett four times. The tally was merely two, as Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram each got their first sack of the season. However, the Bolts were able to mount pressure and disrupt pass plays. Besides those two sacks, the Chargers notched five tackles for loss as well as only allowing Brissett 2.33 seconds to throw, according to Next Gen Stats. This was the second-least time to throw for quarterbacks in Week 1.
The last prediction came close to fruition. The Chargers ended the day with 125 rushing yards total, 25 yards away from the amount predicted. Led by Austin Ekeler‘s big day, the Chargers ran the ball effectively to the mark of six yards per carry.
Justin Jackson nearly eclipsed Ekeler’s 58 rushing yards with 57 himself, although they were achieved with just six carries. Derek Watt got a couple of attempts for four yards, and even Philip Rivers got in on the action with a carry for six yards. Chargers’ running backs also amounted for 100 receiving yards.
Without further ado, here are the bold predictions for the Chargers’ game against the Lions.