Per Bolts beat writer Shelley Smith, despite not having anything to play for this year, the game agains the Chiefs in the season finale is still their most important contest left in 2020.
“The first go-around (against KC) was Justin Herbert’s first start and he threw for 311 yards, took the game to OT and lost, in large part because Anthony Lynn decided to punt on fourth-and-short in overtime instead of going for it, giving the ball to the Chiefs, who drove for a game-winning field goal. Perhaps a more experienced Herbert, along with a healthy Austin Ekeler, can come up with an effort that provides momentum for next season and perhaps saves Lynn’s job.”
She’s right in that this team would only be playing for “pride” and “bragging rights” at that point. Too many lame seasons in the past have ended with one final loss to the Chiefs and it’s been nothing but an emphasizer for just how bad the entire season went. Like one big, rotten cherry on top of a four-month depression.
With games left against the Patriots and all three AFC West opponents, a win against any one of those four teams would at least take a minuscule amount of sourness out of the fan base’s mouth ahead of the 2021 offseason.
And now for today’s links.
Listen to Anthony Lynn’s presser from Monday (Chargers.com)
Check out the best photos from Sunday’s game (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez brings down the hammer with his opinion of Anthony Lynn (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed makes his claim for why the Chargers should not draft an edge rusher in the first round this year (Bolt Beat)
Week 13 power rankings (ESPN)
Two Texans players suspended for violating the rule on performance-enhancing drugs (ESPN)
D.K. Metcalf set a career-high with 177 receiving yards against the Eagles (Pro Football Talk)
John Breech dishes out early odds on the Week 13 slate of games (CBS Sports)
NFL stars delivered over a million dollars worth of Christmas trees (Bleacher Report)
Ravens-Steelers set for Wednesday afternoon (NFL.com)