The LA Chargers take on the San Francisco 49ers in the second of three preseason games this season. The Bolts host San Francisco and will be heading up to Seattle for the third and final preseason game of the year.
LA Chargers training camp ended on Friday so while the team will obviously still be working, we will not get any more practices to gather takeaways. That leaves just the last two preseason games as our only method of evaluating.
The Chargers are being very careful with who plays in these games and how long they are playing, so there is limited knowledge to be gained from these games. That being said, there are still specific outcomes that Charger fans should be hoping for.
And no, we are not including staying healthy in this article. That is too obvious.
3 outcomes to hope for in the LA Chargers preseason game vs. the San Francisco 49ers:
1. Tristan Vizcaino pulls ahead in the kicking battle
The goal for the LA Chargers is to establish a consistent, quality kicker, regardless of who it is. For that reason, it might seem unfair to root for Tristan Vizcaino to win the battle over Michael Badgley.
Fans should just be rooting for the best man to win. However, Badgley has broken our hearts enough that it is fair to root against him and hope that Vizcaino wins the job.
The hope is that he does not win the job because of poor performance by Michael Badgley. The hope is that Vizcaino becomes more consistent in knocking down his kicks and actually makes the Chargers' brass feel confident in choosing him over Badgley.
While he has been better than Badgley he still has not been great and that is a concern. With everything pointing in the right direction for the Chargers the last thing the team needs is another kicking headache.
He has a bigger leg than Badgley and it is time that he makes his stand as the far more accurate kicker. If not, we are in for a long season.