Chargers bold prediction: Melvin Gordon returns to form
Gordon made his debut in the 2019 season in a very quiet way. He only managed 31 yards on 12 carries, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. He also added four receptions for seven yards. The Broncos stout defense contained the Chargers offense, and limited Gordon who most likely was expecting a grand debut where he silenced his doubters.
That game will come this Sunday against the Steelers. Gordon’s Pro Bowl talent will be displayed against a hurting Steelers team. Pittsburgh’s quarterback Devlin Hodges will be making his first NFL start, and will struggle to move the ball against a Chargers defense that’s trying to get back to its dominant ways.
This should lead to the Chargers pounding the ball early and often, and both Gordon and Austin Ekeler will get plenty of rushing attempts. Gordon will have his first 100-yard game of the season, and pair that with at least one touchdown.
Chargers bold prediction: Ty Long downs all of his punts inside the 20
Long has proven himself a very capable punter, and a solid kicker as well. While handling kicking duties, he played well aside from one game against the Detroit Lions. A kickoff in which he landed awkwardly in Week 4 at Miami prompted the Chargers to sign placekicker Chase McLaughlin to handle kickoffs and kicking attempts.
Long has punted well for the first games of the season, and having him focus solely on his punting can only improve things. So far, he has landed seven of his 15 punts inside the 20-yard line, averaging 43.1 yards per punt.
Against the Steelers, the Chargers will hope Long’s services aren’t needed often unless it’s for holding kicks on extra-point attempts. However, if Long is required, he will help the Chargers win the field position battle by downing every single one of his punts inside 20 yards.