The LA Chargers are going to have to string together some wins after the bye week.
The LA Chargers had their bye week earlier than originally anticipated and are now slated for 11 straight weeks of game action. With a 1-4 record on the season, the Chargers are going to have to get a winning streak going if they want any chance of making the NFL Playoffs.
The Chargers have been in every single game that they have played thus far, they just have not been able to get the job done. Part of that is execution, some is bad coaching and some is just bad luck.
Regardless, if the team is going to reverse course on this season and capitalize on an easier stretch of games then certain players are going to have to up their game. Here are those players.
1. Michael Badgley
We wrote about the LA Chargers having an undercover kicking problem weeks before Michael Badgley missed a game-winning field goal against the New Orleans Saints and now most Charger fans have turned on the Money Badger.
The fact of the matter is that while Badgley is reliable from close range, he does not have the kind of leg that creates confidence in Anthony Lynn from 50 yards out. That is why Badgley had only four career attempts from 50 yards or more heading into this season.
Badgley is 1-2 from 50 or more yards out but right after his made 53-yarder against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he missed a 47-yarder, so it evens out.
Badgley is one bad game or one more huge missed kick away from potentially losing his job. If he cannot make from distance, and cannot even be used on kickoffs then what is the point of him being on the roster?