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Part 2 Current record after four games:

Messagepar huangjian123 » 09 Novembre 2018, 04:50

Chargers’ 2018 Schedule Prediction: 3-110/7 Week 5 Vs. Oakland RaidersThe AFC West has found a lot of success over the last five years and the Chargers are finally trending in the right direction with the rest of the division heading south at the same time.Ever since Gruden arrived in Oakland Los Angeles Chargers T-Shirt , he has seemingly handed out contracts to a ton of players currently over the age of 30. In comparision, the Chiefs, Broncos, and Chargers currently roster six, six, and five players over 30, respectively. The Raiders, however, have 14. Not the best look for a team trying to bounce back from a lack luster season.Derek Carr and the offense return running back Marshawn Lynch, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and what should be an improved offensive line after selecting uber-athletic offensive tackle Kolton Miller out of UCLA. The offense will also look to get a boost in reliability from longtime-Packer wideout Jordy Nelson while hoping the addition of former-Steeler Martavis Bryant will up their potential for explosive-plays in 2018.On the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders selected a duo of elite athletes at the defensive tackle position in P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst. Both are relegated to backup duty to start camp but I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the two crack the lineup. Hurst was arguably the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the draft while Hall ran a sub-4.8 forty at almost 310 pounds.After sweeping the Raiders in 2017, I don’t see any reason why anything would change this season. The likes of Cooper, Nelson, and Bryant make up an intimidating wide receiver core but the Bolts’ secondary will be even better. Lynch and the offensive line could still offer problems if the run defense refuses to take a step forward but, in the end, I don’t think the Raiders defense has the play-makers to match up with the Bolts’ firepower. I expect a few scares and some frustration, but the Chargers will come out on top in this one.2018 Record: 4-110/14 Week 6 @ Cleveland BrownsIn 2016, the Chargers gave the Browns their only victory over the last two seasons. Last year, they were close to giving them their second. In 2018, with the roster revamped and packed with top-tier potential/talent, this game is really up for grabs. The only thing working against the Browns is the fact they’re still the Browns.Whether it is Tyrod Taylor of Baker Mayfield behind center, the Bolts will have to deal with an offense packing some exceptional firepower. Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, and Corey Coleman make up the starting wide receiver group. Running backs Carlos Hyde and second-round pick Nick Chubb will bring the thunder on the ground while Duke Johnson can make plays at any position on the field.The defense is highlighted by an athletic front-seven that includes 2017 top overall draft pick Myles Garrett, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. The linebacker group packs a ton of versatility with Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins, Joe Schobert, and Mychal Kendricks all fighting for the three starting spots.The secondary got some juice after the Browns selected cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth-overall selection in this year’s draft. He will start opposite EJ Gaines while Jabrill Peppers and Damarious Randall will patrol the deep part of the field.This game will depend on what Chargers team shows up. The Browns will have home-field advantage and, depending how they start the season, could be riding a ton of momentum going into this game. I am severely torn on the outcome of this game, but to continue the optimistic vibes surrounding the team, I believe the Bolts will pull out another narrow victory. However, this one could go either way and I want to acknowledge that this isn’t the same Browns team that we have come to expect in recent years.2018 Record: 5-110/21 Week 7 Vs. Tennessee Titans (UK)The Titans and Chargers were both hot teams this time last year as potential breakout teams that could make it far into the playoffs. The Chargers barely missed the playoffs while the Titans squeaked in and put together an amazing come-from-behind victory to upset the Chiefs in the opening round.Gone is Demarco Murray. Former-patriot Dion Lewis is now the backfield mate to Derrick Henry and the Titans run-game is still as intimidating as ever. Quarterback Marcus Mariota may have come have come on strong towards the end of the season but his 2018 campaign was a major letdown when compared to the lofty expectations he was given prior to the season. The receiver group is a healthy mixture of experience and young talent with Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor Los Angeles Chargers Hats , and Tajee Sharpe. Tight end Delanie Walker just signed an extension with the team and will likely continue to be one of the most consistent players at his position.The defense picked up some real talent in the recent draft with linebacker Rashaan Evans and EDGE rusher Harold Landry. They join an underrated defense that possesses several Pro Bowl players already in safety Kevin Byard and defensive tackle Jurell Casey, as well as recently-acquired cornerback Malcolm Butler. This unit can give any team their fair share of fits throughout a game and I believe they’ll also be the X-factor for this game.Both offenses have plenty of firepower. The Chargers will have the advantage through the air but I have to give the Titans the edge in the ground game. If the Bolts don’t reinforce the run defense, they could be in for a frustrating game.Their match-up during the 2016 season was a blast to watch as both teams lit up the scoreboard. The Chargers almost dropped the game in the final minutes but held on to a tight victory. For the 2018 edition, I predict a similar outcome. With both teams playing at a neutral site, I see Rivers and Co. continuing their hot-streak to start the season.2018 Record: 6-111/4 Week 9 @ Seattle SeahawksThe Seattle Seahawks are always a tough match-up, regardless if this isn’t the same team that found itself in two super bowls during a three-year span. As long as they have Russell Wilson, they have a shot at winning games. Wilson will likely be joined in the backfield by Rashaad Penny, the team’s recent first-round selection. Head Coach Pete Caroll has made it know he wants to get back to establishing the run and Penny is a big part of those plans. I don’t know how well that will all go as Seattle possesses one of the weakest offensive line groups in the entire NFL. If you watched any of their games from 2017, you likely saw Wilson running for his life on every play. The Hawks may have added a few pieces to correct this issue but not enough to stop the dynamic EDGE duo of the Chargers.On the other end, the Legion of Boom is gone, but linebacker Bobby Wagner still holds down the middle of the defense. One of the best at his position, he will continue to make everyone around him better. Earl Thomas is still with the team, for now. He is currently demanding an extension from the team and, if he doesn’t get it, he wants to be traded as soon as possible. If I had to place my money somewhere, he won’t be there by the time this game takes place.Wilson will make some plays, including a few of his signature “how did he do that”-type stuff, Baldwin will catch a number of passes and possibly score, but the Seahawks will simply be unable to stop the Chargers and their plethora of playmakers on either side of the ball. Lord have mercy on Wilson as he tries to run away from Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa while simultaneously attempting to complete a pass around Hayward, Williams, and King.2018 Record: 7-1Analyzing the Chargers’ initial 53-man roster Cut day has come and gone in the NFL and, needless to say, it did not come without a few surprises as far as the Los Angeles Chargers are concerned. The team kept a couple players who probably didn’t earn it, cut a few players who seemed to have earned back-end roster spots, and cut an offensive lineman no one saw coming.Let’s take an in-depth look at the Chargers initial 53-man roster as we wait for players to clear waivers, the team to announce its practice squad, and hopefully, for a couple waiver wire additions鈥uarterbacksPhilip RiversGeno SmithCardale JonesI suggested keeping Cardale Jones as a potential cut day curveball earlier today, so while I’m not overly surprised, I am disappointed with the decision. Jones was extremely erratic throughout camp and the preseason and looked like he was having a hard time with the speed of preseason games. To be blunt, I just don’t see the value in carrying Jones after losing out to Geno and, at least in my opinion, it appears as though Anthony Lynn let his personal relationship with the quarterback taint his ability to evaluate him objectively.Running backsMelvin Gordon IIIAustin EkelerDetrez NewsomeJustin JacksonKeeping Justin Jackson was another cut day curveball I anticipated earlier today. In my opinion, Jackson is another player who didn’t earn a roster spot following a training camp injury that cost him the first three preseason games. While I’d prefer the team not carry four backs, I think it’s probably temporary. It wouldn’t surprise me if Detrez Newsom finds his way to the practice squad late next week if/when the team needs the roster spot for a free agent or waiver wire addition. I just have a hard time seeing them carry four backs into the season.Wide ReceiversKeenan AllenTyrell WilliamsTravis BenjaminMike WilliamsGeremy DavisJJ Jones*Artavis Scott – placed on Reserve/Injured list, AKA Injured ReserveThere is a lot going on here. First of all, the Chargers did not cut or waive Artavis Scott Los Angeles Chargers Hoodie , they placed him on the reserve/injured list, which is also referred to as the injured reserve. Thanks to the rule change in 2016, each team has the ability to bring two players off of the IR after eight weeks on the list and those players do not have to be given a return designation up front.With Scott injured, the sixth wide receiver spot went to undrafted rookie JJ Jones. It’s a rough break for Scott (no pun intended) and a bit of good fortune for Jones who, at least in my opinion, kind of fell into a roster spot. While JJ showed considerably promise as a return specialist, it’s hard to argue he offers much value as an NFL wide receiver. We’ll see if he sticks once the team starts moving pieces around to make room for free agent and waiver wire additions.I’m a little surprised the team didn’t place Dylan Cantrell on the injured reserve. Not that he necessarily earned the right to be protected, I just didn’t think the team would be too keen on exposing him to the waiver wire. Hopefully he clears waivers and can be added to the practice squad.Tight EndsVirgil GreenSean CulkinYes, you read that right – the Chargers only kept two tight ends on the initial roster. While somewhat surprising from a numbers standpoint, it makes sense. None of the other tight ends earned or deserved a roster spot. It’s probably safe to assume the Chargers and Antonio Gates will agree on a new contract and, given the alarming lack of production from this group in the preseason, it wouldn’t surprise me if Gates wasn’t the only addition. I just don’t think keeping three tight ends is enough when one of those tight ends is a 37-year old Antonio Gates.Offensive LineRussell OkungDan FeeneyMike PounceyMichael SchofieldJoe BarksdaleForrest LampScott QuessenberrySam TeviCole TonerNo, I didn’t forget to list last year’s starting center Spencer Pulley. The decision to cut Pulley are arguably the biggest surprise on the initial 53-man roster, but it seems last year’s training camp darling just didn’t show enough improvement to earn a roster spot. Assuming he clears waivers, I suspect the team will try to add Pulley to the practice squad. It would be a complete shock if the team didn’t add a veteran tackle off the waiver wire over the next few days.Defensive EndsJoey BosaMelvin IngramIsaac RochellChris LandrumFinally, a position group that played out as expected.Defensive TacklesBrandon MebaneDarius PhilonDamian SquareJustin JonesAs we all know, Corey Liuget is suspended for the first four games of the season. He does not count against the 53-man roster while he’s suspended or the salary cap while he’s suspended.As you may have noticed, undrafted rookie Steven Richardson did not make the team’s 53-man roster. This is difficult to fathom because “Stove” was arguably the most consistent defensive tackle on the roster through out the preseason, and it becomes even more confusing considering Mebane’s physical decline and the fact that Philon and Jones are both banged up. They needed the extra body on the interior line and Richardson earned his spot, but they apparently valued Cardale Jones and Justin Jackson over former Golden Gopher defensive tackle.I’m trying to get beyond this by convincing myself the team will sign free agent Johnathn Hankins and Richardson will land on the practice squad. Time will tell.LinebackerDenzel PerrymanKyzir WhiteUchenna NwosuHayes PullardJatavis BrownNick Dzubnar I thought there was a chance the team might keep undrafted free agent D’Juan Hines over Nick Dzubnar, but it seems the team valued 48’s special teams contributions too much to cut him. This could prove to be a missed opportunity because Hines proved himself capable of being a core special teams player during the preseason and, unlike Dzubnar, he’s actually capable of making a positive contribution as a utility linebacker in case of injury. Hopefully D’Juan clears waivers and makes his way to the practice squad.CornerbacksCasey HaywardTrevor WilliamsDesmond KingMichael DavisCraig MagerBrandon FacysonThe Chargers wisely chose to keep six corners considering the injuries suffered by Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams during camp. As expected, Mager locked down the fifth spot on the depth chart after what may have been his best preseason to date. The surprise here might be that Brandon Facyson made the team considering he was working primarily with the third team defense during the preseason, but my guess is Facyson is a placeholder for a future signing. He’ll likely be headed to the practice squad when the roster is finalized.SafetiesDerwin JamesJahleel AddaeRayshawn JenkinsAdrian PhillipsNo real surprises here. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Chargers are in the market for some veteran depth at this position given the relative inexperience behind Jahleel Addae.Special TeamsCaleb SturgisDrew KaserMike Windt Anthony Lynn hinted the team might keep Sturgis over Roberto Aguayo and that’s how it panned out. I thought Sturgis kicked pretty well and earned the job, but I would have been fine with either. There aren’t any surprises at punter or long snapper. Like some fans, I’m having a hard time reconciling the direction the team took with Cardale Jones, Steven Richardson and, to a lesser extent, Justin Jackson. Cutting Steven Richardson while keeping Cardale Jones and Justin Jackson seems inconsistent with Anthony Lynn’s reputation for holding players accountable; and the decision to keep Jones, in particular, suggests a lack of objectivity.That said, I have to keep reminding myself the team is likely to move a few pieces around over the next 24-48 hours. Hopefully that movement will result in the Chargers signing Johnathan Hankins, Antonio Gates and a veteran offensive tackle; and Steven Richardson and D’Juan Hines landing on the practice squad. Those are my thought on the initial 53-man roster – what did you think?
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