Heading into an unexpected bye, there’s a few things the LA Chargers can do to turn the season around.
After an overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints, the LA Chargers head into the bye at 1-4. Week 6 was never expected to be a rest week for the Bolts, but the Titans’ and Patriots’ coronavirus situations forced the NFL’s hand when it came to schedule shuffling.
There are pros and cons to having the bye week now. The Chargers have another week to get as many players as healthy as possible.
On the other hand, the Chargers will have to play 11 straight games to end the season. Anthony Lynn and the coaching staff probably also planned around having the late bye this year since they usually do, so it’s never easy to adjust.
To go on a long winning streak, here are some important things that need to happen:
1. Getting healthier
The Chargers won’t be able to fix all of their injury problems over the course of the bye. Austin Ekeler and Chris Harris will still be out for a considerable amount of time. The defensive line could be in its best condition by Week 7, though. Justin Jones and Melvin Ingram would be both be eligible to return from the three-week IR.
It’s hard to understate the importance of both Jones and Ingram to this defensive line. Jones has been sorely missed when it comes to defending against the run. Having Ingram back would take at least some of the pressure to produce on the edge off of Joey Bosa.
Week 6 also represents another opportunity to get Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga back healthy. Both are sorely missed on the right side of the line with Trey Pipkins and Ryan Groy not able to keep up at the moment. If they’re not back in Week 7, I’d have to press the panic button personally.