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So last week was a huge disappointment, and I called a few things wrong, most notably Melvin Gordon scoring two TDs, and Woodhead having a solid game as well. Expect more of the same from the duo this week, as the Chargers will be facing a still weak Jags team. Make no mistake about it, even though the Jags almost converted on 4th and 1 against the Packers, this team will not be beating the Chargers this coming Sunday at 1:25PM, Pacific Time.
One week removed from a solid, but unspectacular game, he will look to beat up on the Jags, as Aaron Rodgers did last week to a tune of 23.56 points (and the Jags were at home). The Chargers will be fired up, and Whiz will be getting this passing game going after it pretty much stalled out in the 2nd half against the Chiefs. I’d expect a bounce back game (even though last week wasn't necessarily bad), with 250 yards passing, 2TD, and no picks. We might even see the return of Giraffe Rivers for an extra 15 yards rushing.
After a strong first half against the Chiefs, the Chargers brass all but benched him after he was stuffed on a 3rd and 1. What ended up happening? The Chargers lost the game. It’d be stupid for the coaches to not realize that when Gordon get’s going, the Chargers will be strong. Also considering that the Chargers are the 3rd ranked rushing offense in the league, and also tied for 3rd in rushing scores, Melvin is in line to have a good game. Let’s hope Mike McCoy actually uses him to wear down the Jags defense throughout the game. Don’t pay attention to what NFL.com says (that Melvin Gordon will be a bust this week). Expect him to get close to his first 100 yard game, with a TD on the ground. As far as Woodhead, I see him being used less this week, even after his fantastic game last week. The Chargers won’t feel the need to keep Woodhead on the field for every down, because it’s all but certain the Chargers will win this one.
With Keenan Allen going down with an injury, you’d expect the Chargers to utilize more 2-TE sets. That was not so last week. This week, the coaches will have looked back at film, and realized that their future Hall of Fame TE was severely under-utilized in an embarrassing loss. I’d expect a good game from Gates, with 60 yards receiving, and 1 TD.
Unless the coaches have realized that they need to take Manti Te’o (and Denzel Perryman) on passing downs, and put in Jatavis Brown, who has blazing speed for an ILB, the Chargers will have a tough time covering Julius Thomas, who had a great game last week with 64 yards receiving and 1 TD. Expect more this week.
The Chargers have always had a weak red zone offense since Mike McCoy and company took over. He had a strong game last week despite the one miss, and will continue to get many looks.
Against a notoriously weak Packers defensive line, TJ Yeldon ran for 39 yards on 21 attempts. Although he did have a TD, it’s hard to say that he’ll do any better against the Chargers. Chances are the Jags will be down, and will have to throw the ball a bunch to keep in the game. Expect another rough outing for Yeldon.
Tyrell Williams and the Chargers WR corps
Take a look at the Chargers Depth Chart. What do you see? Dontrelle Inman as the new WR1 for the Chargers. I don’t buy the hype with Tyrell Williams, and I sure as hell don’t trust Dontrelle Inman. Keenan Allen was the Malcom Floyd type for the Chargers... another security blanket for Rivers, because he was always open, and would catch anything coming his way. Tyrell Williams was targeted 5 times, with only 2 receptions last week. Total, he’s 4/11 in his career. To compare, Keenan Allen is 221/322. All I remember is a game last year when Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams were plagued by drops. I can’t trust these guys. And, it looks like Travis Benjamin will only be used on trick plays and screens by the Chargers, instead of as the legitimate deep threat he is.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, and I’ll get back to you ASAP! Good luck this week.