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Chargers Win Big In Division Game

After a stunning week 3 loss that saw them only score a measly three points against the Atlanta Falcons, the San Diego Chargers looked to get back to their winning ways in week 4 against division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs.  That’s exactly what they were able to do, as they managed a 37-20 win this week.   A solid game from Phillip Rivers, Antonio Gates and the San Diego defense is what helped them pull through.

Things did not look good for Phillip Rivers in week 3 of this season.  He was unable to covert a touchdown and threw an interception, leading to the Chargers’ first loss of the season.  Lucky for him his security blanket tight end Gates came to play on Sunday, and he was able to get the ball to him on a consistent basis.  They hooked up for multiple passing opportunities that led Rivers to be able to get the ball to players like Jackie Battle for the touchdown.  If they keep up this type of offense, they will be able to go far into the playoffs this season.

Another thing that helped the Chargers pick up a relatively easy victory against the Chiefs is their defensive effort.  They were able to turn the ball over a whopping six times during the game while turning one of those opportunities into a touchdown.  This was a great moment for a defense that was relatively unproven going into the game.  They made a statement in week 4 that they are not a team to be messed with going forward in the season.

The Chargers will need to stay strong going into week 5, however, as they are facing a New Orleans Saints team that is hungry for their first win of the season.  But with the Chargers at +3 odds in the games, they should be a decent choice as one of your NFL picks going into week 5.

San Diego Chargers Hope to Break Bad Trends Against Chiefs

There really isn’t a heck of a lot for the San Diego Chargers to like right now about their position coming into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Yes, the Chargers are -1 ½ on the NFL odds, but that’s about where all of the good news comes to a halt.

San Diego is coming off of its worst game of the year, a brutal 27-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that saw Head Coach Norv Turner calling for his team to take knees in the final minutes of the game. Meanwhile, the Chiefs come back home knowing that they just shocked the world with a 34-31 win over the New Orleans Saints.

It doesn’t stop there for the Chargers either. The home team has won five straight games in this series. Though San Diego has outscored the Chiefs by 14.2 points per game over the course of the last six in this series, both teams are 3-3 SU and ATS against the other.

The ground game still hasn’t produced all that much, and RB Ryan Mathews has been threatened to be taken out of the lineup in crucial spots after fumbling near the goal line last weekend. The passing game still only goes as far as QB Philip Rivers forces it to go.

But perhaps the worst for the Chargers is the fact that they are one of the five dreaded road favorites on Sunday. Favorites have been atrocious this year in general when they are on the road, going just 6-13 ATS. What’s worse is that they are also only 7-12 SU to show for their work.

If there is some good news, it is that the injury report looks rather clean for the Chargers. They have back Mathews in the lineup, and TE Antonio Gates played last week after sitting out in Week 2 as well.

San Diego Needs To Turn Things Around In Kansas City

The San Diego Chargers played terribly this past Sunday.  There are very few that would argue with that statement.  They could not get anything going on offense and allowed the Atlanta Falcons to walk all over them, scoring 27 points to the Chargers measly 3.  They will need to get both their offense and defense in sync if they wish to stand a chance this Sunday in a  divisional match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chargers offensive side looked absolutely atrocious this past week.  Quarterback Philip Rivers, who looked great in week 2, threw for only 173 yards and had no touchdowns.  Add to that the fact that he threw two interceptions, and we have a problem.  He needs to move the ball around and not make stupid mistakes if this team wishes to succeed.  He can start by mixing things up and getting the ball to newly returning running back Ryan Mathews.  By creating a run game, the team should be able to confuse the awful Chiefs defense.

Speaking of awful defenses, the Chargers D got destroyed by Matt Ryan on Sunday.  While the Chiefs offense is nowhere near as elite as Atlanta’s, they can get the ball moving in multiple ways, most notably in the hands of Jamaal Charles.  The Chargers need to get something together on defense if they want go to 3-1 and not 2-2.  The AFC West is a rough division as well, so San Diego needs all the divisional game wins they can get.  This is almost a must win situation for them on Sunday.

At -1.5 odds against a constantly disappointing Chiefs team, the Chargers look to be one of the good NFL picks this week.  They need to turn their play around on both sides of the ball, however, if they do not wish to be embarrassed two weeks in a row.

Mathews Back, Ready To Rumble For Bolts

For years and years, the San Diego Chargers always had one of the elite running backs in the game. Of course, for over a half dozen years, that elite back was RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Behind LT were backs that went on to do great things elsewhere as well, RB Darren Sproles with the New Orleans Saints and RB Michael Turner with the Atlanta Falcons. Now, the ball belongs to RB Ryan Mathews, and he is set to make his season debut for the Chargers when they take on Turner and the Falcons this week at Qualcomm Stadium.

Mathews had been held out of the first two weeks of the year with a broken clavicle suffered in the preseason.

To say that the ground game has been a disaster for San Diego would be a brutal understatement. The team has tried to run the ball, calling 59 runs as opposed to 66 passes for the year, but it just hasn’t worked. There hasn’t been a run for more than 17 yards on the campaign, and none of RB Jackie Battle, RB Curtis Brinkley, RB Le’Ron McClain, or RB Ronnie Brown has really been able to get much going. Those four have averaged just 2.93 YPC thus far on the season, and Battle has both of the team’s touchdowns.

Last year, Mathews was a part of a great timeshare with RB Michael Tolbert, who is now gone with the Carolina Panthers. Both averaged over four yards per carry, and the two combined to rumble for 1,581 yards and 14 scores. They had 104 catches, 888 yards, and two TDs between them as receivers as well.

That’s the type of explosiveness that the San Diego ground game has been missing and so badly needs to get back. The Chargers are favored by a field goal on the NFL odds in Week 3, and if the cards fall right, they might be the only team left in the conference at the end of the week to be boasting an undefeated record.

San Diego Chargers Will See Tougher Opposition When Atlanta Falcons Come to Town

The San Diego Chargers, who have been notoriously slow starters in the regime of head coach Norv Turner, improved to 2-0 Sunday and have the looks of a major player in the AFC race this season. Week three will mark a significant step up in class for San Diego, however, as the high-flying Atlanta Falcons come to town for a gridiron tangle.

The Chargers have yet to be challenged this season following a pair of easy wins over the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. Against the Titans, San Diego was dominant. The Chargers had possession of the ball for a whopping 43:39 against the Titans and its defense, which was largely revamped with an influx of new players and new coordinator this off-season, allowed just nine first downs and 212 total yards to the Titans.

San Diego also showed itself to have some depth at the skill positions Sunday. Tight end Dante Rosario, who filled in when Pro Bowler Antonio Gates was a game-time scratch, caught three touchdown passes. Running back Jackie Battle, who is seeing additional playing time because of an injury to Ryan Matthews, provided 69 yards on 14 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

Atlanta will have a short week of preparation for San Diego as they play Monday night at home against the Denver Broncos. The Falcons showcased a prolific offense in their 40-24 dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week One. Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, who had 108 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Kansas City, is emerging as one of the top passing combinations in the league.

The NFL odds figure to be slightly in the Chargers’ favor considering they are at home, but this game has the looks of being a tight affair.  We’ll know more following the Atlanta-Denver game Monday night. Still, this looks to be one of the more attractive matchups on the NFL’s Week Three menu.

Chargers vs. Titans Key Players

After a hard-fought Week 1 win over the Raiders in Oakland, spirits should be high for the Chargers as they host the Tennessee Titans in a Week 2 matchup.

The key players last weekend? Philip Rivers, Nate Kaeding and the San Diego defense.

Rivers was 24-of-33 for 231 yards and a touchdown and didn’t turn the ball over. He spread the ball out nicely to seven different receivers, with Malcom Floyd leading the way with four catches for 66 yards and a score.

However, the Chargers lacked the killer edge in the endzone, forcing Kaeding to get it done with his leg. The kicker finished with five field goals, including two from 40 yards out or more.

The defense held strong in Oakland and only a late touchdown from the Raiders made the score seem worse than it really was. The Chargers had only given up two Sebastian Janikowski field goals until about a minute was remaining.

Darren McFadden was bottled up, at least in the running game, as he finished with 15 carries for only 32 yards.

This weekend, we can expect San Diego to have a little more luck reaching their full potential offensively in the redzone. The Titans just gave up 34 points to the New England Patriots and looked easily beatable both on the ground and through the air.

There’s also a chance Ryan Mathews could return to action in Week 2, which would obviously be a huge boost to the team’s chances.

That said, anything can happen when you make certain NFL picks, and the Titans have enough talent to get a shock win in sunny California this weekend. San Diego has been known for its inconsistent play throughout the years and can’t afford to slip up against a young and motivated Tennessee team.