The Story Line: Till the Bolts shut out a recreation, their behavior of botching favorable possibilities late in video games will hold over them.
In fact the Bolts say they’re in charge. Additionally, their opponents made massive performs at key moments.
As a kooky footnote to the development, two failures of NFL recreation-administration personnel – a play-clock failure and an incorrect re-recognizing of the soccer – have struck San Diego’s offense in key situations the previous two video games.
What is going to the late-recreation moments deliver Thursday night time? Philip Rivers chanced no prediction. “The chances are saying, although,” he stated, “that we’re gonna be within the recreation with out about 5 minutes left. Odds say, that’s gonna be the case. So, then, we’ll see what occurs from there on.”
No. ninety nine: Rookie DE Joey Bosa energized the workforce and the fan base with a powerful NFL debut final week. “Superior,” coordinator John Pagano stated of the 27-snap efficiency. “Like a ten-yr veteran,” stated linemate Brandon Mebane, who’s in his 10th NFL season. Bosa collected two sacks, three tackles for loss and two hits on quarterback Derek Carr. The primary sack, 5.four seconds after the snap, rewarded Bosa’s consciousness and Darius Philon’s bull rush that wrecked the play; the second sack, three.eight seconds after the snap, got here after Melvin Ingram and Corey Liuget flushed Carr at 2.2 seconds. Bosa was too polished for RT Vadal Alexander, a 3rd-stringer and fellow rookie, but in addition beat strong LT Donald Penn for a strain in 2.6 seconds.
Can D tilt the scales? Bolts administration sunk premium investments into the defensive entrance, believing the likes of Liuget, Ingram, Mebane, Bosa, Jerry Attaochu and Denzel Perryman would make influence performs in video games like this one.
The Bolts can’t anticipate to win with out placing warmth on QB Trevor Siemian, an NFL sophomore who apparently will begin after lacking final week’s recreation with a sore non-throwing shoulder.
The excellent news for Siemian is the return of two beginning blockers, TE Virgil Inexperienced and RT Dwight Stephenson (Bosa’s important opponent). LT Russell Okung is the unit’s greatest cross blocker and a very good one.
In Okung’s earlier recreation in San Diego, Ingram mentor Dwight Freeney beat him for a velocity sack that fueled a 2014 upset of the Seahawks.
Thursday night time visitors: The NFL, in a transfer that NBA staff proprietor Mark Cuban derided as a “hoggy” play that may backfire circa 2024, has expanded its revenues by having every staff play one Thursday night time recreation per season.
Income progress will increase combination participant salaries, however many NFL gamers corresponding to Freeney say they hate Thursday video games as a result of the decreased restoration time between video games is just too exhausting on their our bodies and never offset by additional relaxation on the again finish. Broncos LB Von Miller is an exception, saying this week he loves the contests and prefers video games to apply.
For cities that host the video games, the wrinkle is many extra automobiles on native freeways throughout afternoon rush hour.
A promoting level of giant NFL stadiums is the video games are on weekends, however until the NFL expands the Thursday lineup, San Diego can be house to just one Thursday recreation each different yr.
In fact, the logistics of a late-afternoon Thursday recreation in downtown San Diego – a website the Chargers and Mayor Faulconer have endorsed for a brand new soccer palace – could possibly be thorny.
As it’s, a San Diego group of architects (AIASD) forecasts a visitors quagmire on Sundays, ought to the “convadium” come up within the East Village. The 900-member group foresees Interstate-5 turning into a “parking zone.”
Paths to victory: Denver, earlier than dropping to Atlanta final week minus Siemian, prevailed in 4 video games behind the Miller-led protection and, most of the time, a balanced offense whose aces are WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
Missed with the Bolts is, they want higher work from their particular groups.
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