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Each week, John Gennaro gives fans of the San Diego Chargers three reasons to be pessimistic about the team's chances of winning their upcoming game. This week, they head to Miami to play a strong Dolphins team.

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History

The San Diego Chargers haven't won in Miami in about a thousand years. In addition, last season Mike McCoy's team lost two straight games and then went into Miami to lose their third straight. As much as history shouldn't affect the outcome of a game, it typically does. Don't be surprised if history repeats itself.

Bill Lazor

For those that don't know, Bill Lazor was QB coach for Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles last year. The tremendous production he got out of Foles last year got him a gig as the Offensive Coordinator of the Miami Dolphins this year, his first time creating a gameplan and calling plays since he was the OC for the Buffalo Bulls in 2002.

It started out a little rough, which is understandable, but the Lazor offense is starting to pick up steam. After scoring 10 points in a loss to the Bills and 15 points in a loss to the Chiefs, the Dolphins have scored 38, 24, 27 and 27 points while going 3-1 in their last four games.

We always say that the Chargers' Plan B is simply to outscore the opposing offense, and that's a pretty good Plan B. The problem is, without much of a running game or an offensive line, they may not be able to outscore the Miami Dolphins this week.

Mistakes / Injuries

Here's an unsurprising stat:

The 2014 Chargers are 0-2 when losing the turnover battle

The 2014 Chargers are 5-1 when not losing the turnover battle

The more injuries pile up on the San Diego Chargers roster, the more mistakes they make. The stupid penalties are becoming a regular thing.

The pass rush has died and the secondary is missing playmakers. Turnovers by the defense are a thing of the past, for now.

The offensive line is terrible and the run game isn't strong. Turnovers by Philip Rivers have started and won't stop until after the bye week, at least.

For the San Diego Chargers to beat the Miami Dolphins, they'll need to play mistake-free football on Sunday and find a second healthy pass-rusher. I'm not sure either of those things are possible.


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