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It's been a while since I've explained why I do this. Why, week in and week out during the NFL season, I posted a "The Chargers Will Lose" article and then, about an hour later, a "The Chargers Will Win" article.
Most assume that I do it so that I can always claim that I had the right prediction, but I'm not that dense. That would also mean that I would always be able to be told that I had the wrong prediction, with hard evidence.
The reason I do it is to toy with perception and perspective. Most weeks, I can make a compelling case for why the Chargers will win and a compelling case for why they'll lose. What I hope to prove by doing so is to not listen to anyone's predictions because they're all meaningless, or at least so biased that they should mean nothing.
This week, however, is a little different. I will probably write a "Chargers will win" post and try to make that work, but my heart won't be in it this week. This coach, this roster, this season (and everything that it includes, on and off the field)....it has sucked the optimism out of it for me, at least for this week.
The Chargers are going to get smoked like a slab from Gates. Here are your three reasons why.
- "Home game" - Don't be surprised when the crowd is 75% Chiefs fans, or more, this week. The fans don't want to give the team owners any money and the team doesn't offer a compelling or exciting product. Would you buy a ticket to a Chargers game right now? I wouldn't.
- Kansas City Chiefs - Don't forget that the Chiefs aren't a terrible team. In the last month, they've gone 3-0 and their defense has gotten better each week. Not only do Andy Reid teams usually play better after the bye, but their remaining schedule is hilariously ripe for the taking (SD, BUF, BAL, CLE). They're fighting for the division. They have something to play for.
- San Diego Chargers - Yes, the team is a reason why the team won't win this game. They stink! And just when it looks like the starting offensive line may finally play a game together, D.J. Fluker get a concussion in practice. Philip Rivers, without Keenan Allen or Malcom Floyd or Ladarius Green or Antonio Gates, will be throwing the ball to.....I don't even know. Meanwhile, there's not enough liquid nitrogen in the world to put out the tire fire that is the Chargers defense, bye week or not.