The LA Chargers host the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football in the first matchup between these new-look teams. Los Angeles has dealt with massive amounts of adversity and has fought for a 3-2 record while Russell Wilson and the Broncos have been disappointing and enter the contest with a 2-3 record.
Wilson has not played well at all this season, which is something that was predictable if you looked at his play over the last season and a half prior. Everyone was quick to blame Seattle but Wilson did not look all that great, and now, we see Geno Smith thriving in essentially the same offense.
The excuses have come out for Wilson as it was reported that he has been playing through a partially torn lat. Justin Herbert has been playing with fractured rib cartilage and he is still playing well. Despite the injury, Wilson is expected to start on Monday against the Chargers at SoFi Stadium.
This is actually a good thing for the Chargers as Wilson starting is ultimately going to be the reason why the Bolts will walk away from this primetime game with another win on the record books.
All signs are pointing to Russell Wilson losing to the Chargers in Week 6.
First of all, we can simply bring up the fact that Russell Wilson has been pretty mediocre this season and is not someone that the Chargers really have to fear all that much. Wilson ranks 26th in QBR and 21st in EPA this season; those are not numbers that should strike fear in Chargers fans.
All of Wilson's career trends are lining up for this to be a victory for the Bolts as well. While previous trends do not guarantee anything, history does tend to repeat itself and can give us an idea of what could happen in this matchup.
Wilson has played two games against the Chargers in his career and has also played two separate games at SoFi Stadium in his career. In those four games, Wilson is a combined 0-4. Not only has Wilson struggled against the Chargers and at SoFi, but he struggles in domes as a whole.
In his career, Wilson is just 4-9 when he is playing in a dome. For a quarterback that has been on some pretty successful teams that is a horrible record. Perhaps it is not as easy to operate when he doesn't have one of the best home-field advantages supporting him.
Granted, there is going to be a good number of Broncos fans at this game and we should likely expect a 50/50 split. But with how disappointed Broncos fans have been this season, that might not even matter much.