The LA Chargers are heading into the biggest game of Justin Herbert and Brandon Staley's career in Week 18. In fact, this is probably the biggest regular-season game since Week 17 of the 2013 season as that is the last time that the Chargers faced a win and get in situation.
The Chargers are on the road to take on the Las Vegas Raiders with the winner of this game making the playoffs and the loser getting to watch the playoffs at home. There is actually a situation in which the Raiders can lose and still make the playoffs but that possibility does not exist for the Bolts.
This is a playoff game a week early for the Bolts. And while it is nerve-wracking for fans, this is a great thing for the Chargers. It gets them in that playoff mindset a week earlier than most other teams and could be a true launching pad for momentum as they head into the true playoffs. Sure, the Raiders ending the Chargers' season is the worst-case scenario, but there are several reasons why the Chargers will win this game.
While common sense and the numbers still favor the Chargers, there have been some narratives in favor of the Raiders that have emerged in the buildup to this game that might make some fans worried.
However, the LA Chargers do not have to worry about these fraudulent Raiders narratives at all.
This happens every game. Fans and media of one side will state certain "facts" and create narratives that favors their team. We here at Bolt Beat try to stick to the numbers and true facts as much as possible, even when we upset some Charger fans in the process if it does not favor the Bolts.
These two narratives about the Raiders are nothing but that: narratives. They are not rooted in reality and are not anything the Chargers should be worried about. Of course, anything can happen on any given Sunday, but based on the track record these should not be issues for the Chargers.
Like dive into the narratives and dispel them to upset any potential Raider fans reading this article, shall we?