Good morning, everyone! It’s Game Day Eve!
It’s Week 15 and the Chargers are finally about to face an AFC West opponent for the second time this season.
Last time, things ended...badly. The Chargers twice saw one of their pass-catchers snag the ball in the end zone and they twice saw that player fail to secure the catch as he went to the ground. It was only made worse as the refs called the second attempt a score before overturning it with a review.
I truly, truly hope we can avoid that kind of drama and suspense in this one.
I think this is the game that the Chargers finally get back into the win column of the AFC West. It’s been too dang long. The Raiders aren’t as hot as they were earlier this season and the Chargers defense is finally finding ways to take the ball away from opposing offenses.
While I do believe this will come down to a one-score game, I think the Chargers are able to escape with a 31-27 victory. Instead of the Bolts attempting to come back and win, the Raiders will be in that position this time around, and I think the secondary puts an end to that hope in the final minutes.
Your turn. Give me your game predictions with a final score to top it all off.
And here are today’s links.
Chargers-Raiders game preview (Chargers.com)
The Bolts are underdogs against the Raiders (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed lists three things to root for against the Raiders (Bolt Beat)
Tuesday’s injury report (Chargers.com)
The NFL will not make bubbles mandatory during the postseason (ESPN)
Draft nuggets for all 32 NFL teams (ESPN)
Week 15 power rankings (CBS Sports)
Pete Prisco picks from the Week 15 slate of games (CBS Sports)
Lamar Jackson is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Pro Football Talk)
Mike Tomlin benched WR Diontae Johnson in first half of Bills game (NFL.com)