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Chargers’ 2018 Schedule Prediction: 6 months 3 weeks ago #33679

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Part 4 Current record after 13 weeks: 10-212/9 Week 14 Vs. Cincinnati Bengals This game looks a lot easier on paper than it ends up being once I really think about it.Looking at the Bengals’ offense www.thechargerslockerroom.com/authentic-trevor-williams-jersey , there are the obvious studs in WR AJ Green and RB Joe Mixon. QB Andy Dalton isn’t too shabby when the offense is clicking, either, and TE Tyler Eifert used to be one of the best before his injuries started to pile up.However, it is their defense that gives me the most pause. They have one of the best defensive line units in all of football with the likes of DT Geno Atkins, DE Carlos Dunlap, and up-and-coming second-year edge rushers, Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis.Add in young defensive back William Jackson with veterans Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick and you have yourself a defense that the Bolts cannot risk underestimating.Former first-round WR John Ross looks to finally be coming into his own and this spells potential danger if the Chargers aren’t able to stay on top of him. This is roughly in the same vein as when they play the Chiefs and they have to worry about WR Tyreek Hill. Both Ross and Hill are two of the fastest players in the NFL, with the former having set the 40-yard dash record at the 2017 NFL Combine.This game has one of the largest chances of being a trap game if the Chargers don’t show up like they should this late in the season. The Bengals possess strength at a lot of important positions and that cannot be overlooked. If the Bolts haven’t been hit with the injury bug by this point, this is a game they should win at home.2018 Record: 11-212/13 Week 15 @ Kansas City ChiefsIn week one’s contest, the Chargers came away with its’ first victory against the Chiefs in over four years. I noted that a win at home over KC would really start the year off on a high-note and really set the tone for the season. In their second match-up of the season, I don’t believe it goes the way of the Bolts again.Andy Reid is a phenomenal coach and I fully expect him to fix whatever problems burdened the Chiefs in week one. Patrick Mahomes should be a much better quarterback at this point in the season and I just can’t get behind the idea of the Chargers sweeping the Chiefs after not winning a game in the four seasons prior.We also cannot forget how the injury bug rears its’ ugly, ugly head at least once before the season is over. Last year, it was Womens Desmond King Jersey , coincidentally, the second match-up against the Chiefs where it struck, knocking out tight end Hunter Henry and a number of other players before the clock hit zero.I believe Reid works his magic and pulls out a victory at home to even the season series between these two teams.2018 record: 11-312/23 vs. Baltimore RavensThe Baltimore Ravens have been known for two things over the last few seasons:1.) An underrated defense that can cause numerous turnoversand2.) An inept passing game led by Joe Flacco.If you watched any of Baltimore’s games last year, you will have likely noticed that almost all of their wins coincided with the defense playing extremely well. Defensive backs Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Tony Jefferson, and former Chargers safety Eric Weddle combine to make one of the best secondaries in the league.Their front seven includes a number of formidable players, as well, in DT Michael Pierce, DT Brandon Williams, LB C.J. Mosley, and the ageless-wonder OLB Terrell Suggs.They’ve also been one of the best run defenses in the league and that could lead to problems for the Chargers if they are unable to get anything going on the ground.Like everybody else, I am totally here for an Eric Weddle revenge game. If you told me after the game that Weddle snagged two interceptions and smacked Rivers on the behind after both of them Brandon Mebane Jersey , I wouldn’t second-guess a thing.I think the mistake-prone Chargers finally start to regress here after a stellar season up to this point and lose their second in a row.2018 record: 11-412/30 @ Denver BroncosFor the third-straight year, the Chargers end the season facing one of their divisional rivals. Two years ago, it was the Chiefs in their last game within the confines of Qualcomm Stadium. Last year, the Bolts won comfortably against the Raiders. This year, the Chargers travel to Mile High to take on the Broncos out in Orange Crush country.A number of things could have happened between this game and the last. Keenum could be on a tear, half the ACLs on the Chargers could have spontaneously imploded, or anything in-between.The defense will likely be much-improved in 2018 so i’ll give the Broncos some leeway at home. This will be as tough as any of the other AFC West match-ups throughout the year and I believe this second contest between the two will be closer than the last as these two teams could both be playing for a spot in the playoffs (Chargers for the division crown, Broncos for a wild card spot).I predict the score of this game to be around 17-14 with the the Chargers narrowly escaping and punching their ticket to their first playoff-berth since 2013.2018 record: 12-4So there you have it, the entire slate of games picked.And I promise, I tried to be as realistic as possible without being a “homer”.A lot of these match-ups just looked great on paper and I’m well aware of all the crazy things that will likely go one throughout the season that cannot be foreseen in anyway. If the Chargers stay healthy and avoid any meltdowns a la 2016, they have a real shot at the record I predicted. But I wouldn’t be surprised to find them losing at least one or two more games. For the life of me, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on any other games to be losses.What do you guys think? Were there any games I predicted to be wins that you see as losses, and vice versa? Let’s talk about it. COSTA MESA www.thechargerslockerroom.com/authentic-...ael-schofield-jersey , Calif. (AP) — When Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says that Austin Ekeler is pound for pound the strongest player on the team, he isn’t just dealing in hyperboles.“It’s not an opinion, that’s a fact. We go through the offseason program with the weights and percentages. We were very surprised how strong he was. I mean, pound for pound, strongest guy on our team.”The 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back said he continues to lift four days a week during the season because it is therapeutic. Ekeler said he took it easy during Wednesday’s session because of a sore neck, lifting 295 pounds.Despite being short in stature, it is Ekeler’s strength which is a big reason why he has earned the confidence of teammates and the coaching staff.“I just take pride in the weight room. Because I have a small frame people think they are going to light me up,” Ekeler said. “My strength allows me to take hits. Defensive backs take a hit on me but I absorb it and keep going.”The weight room isn’t the only place where Ekeler has made his mark. He leads the league with an average of 7.5 yards from scrimmage per play.With Melvin Gordon out because of an MCL sprain to his right knee, the second-year running back will have more attention focused on him on Sunday when Los Angeles travels to Pittsburgh for a key AFC showdown.Even though Ekeler is likely to get the start, he isn’t trying to approach the game with a different mindset.“Every week is a big opportunity to make plays and show what you’re made of,” he said. “The situation this week is unfortunate because of what happened to Melvin, but now I’m the next guy up.”Ekeler made the team last season as an undrafted rookie out of Western State Colorado and split time between offense and special teams.He had 539 yards from scrimmage with five touchdowns Womens Corey Liuget Jersey , including three receiving, but there were only four games where he saw 20 or more plays on offense.This season Ekeler has become a more integral part of the offense. He has seen 20 or more offensive snaps in all but three games and has touched the ball 102 times (70 rushing, 32 receiving).“You see how low he is when he’s cutting it in and out of holes. I think sometimes you can see it from afar, but he’s just so powerful and tough to bring down. Very seldom does the first guy get him,” quarterback Philip Rivers said.Ekeler is the first undrafted back in team history to have a rushing and receiving touchdown in each of his first two years in the league. Ekeler’s 10 receptions in last week’s 45-10 win over Arizona made him the fifth running back this season to have double-digit catches in a game.“I feel like last year I had to prove something and establish a role. Now I’m trying to build and increase on it,” Ekeler said.The Chargers (8-3) will face a Steelers defense that is ranked sixth in the league in total defense and 10th against the run. However, the Steelers (7-3-1) have allowed 398 yards on the ground the past three games, including 124 in last week’s 24-17 loss to Denver.The Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay was the first running back in 11 games going back to last season to post a 100-yard game against the Steelers (110 yards on 14 carries).“He’s going to be in a different role in this game, but you can tell he’s a dynamic player. You can tell that in the different ways that they use him,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Ekeler.
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