Chargers at Falcons NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   Past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 21-13 vs. Denver L 26-24 at Seattle
LAST GAME 9/23/12: Falcons 27 at Chargers 3. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passes for 275 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons S Thomas DeCoud records 3 PD & 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/04: Falcons 21, Chargers 20. Atlanta QB Michael Vick passes for 218 yards & has 3 TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing). Falcons TE Alge Crumpler has 4 receptions for 54 yards & TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field Reporter). Westwood One: Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 93 (SD), 134 (Atl). XM: 232 (SD), 228 (Atl).


PASSING Philip Rivers: 135-201-1647-12-3-105.9 Matt Ryan: 143-210-2075 (1L)-15 (2L)-3-117.9 (1L)
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 116-393-3.4-6 (T2L) Devonta Freeman: 90-450-5.0-2
RECEIVING Travis Benjamin: 31-411-13.3-2 Julio Jones: 31-656 (1L)-21.2-4
OFFENSE 355.2 441.5 (1L)
DEFENSE 363.2 379.5
SACKS Jatavis Brown (R), Melvin Ingram: 3 Vic Beasley: 4.5
INTs Casey Hayward: 3 (T2L) Robert Alford: 2
PUNTING Drew Kaser (R): 41.0 Matt Bosher: 46.2
KICKING Josh Lambo: 57 (18/19 PAT; 13/14 FG) Matt Bryant: 57 (3L) (21/21 PAT; 12/12 FG)


CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has 43,094 career pass yards & passed HOFer DAN FOUTS (43,040) for most in team history. Since 2008, has 36,406 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL. …RB MELVIN GORDON ties for 2nd in NFL with 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.). Rushed for 94 yards last week, incl. career-long 48-yard run…Rookie TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had career-high 6 catches & 83 yards (1 TD) last week. WR-PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 15 career TDs (12 rec., 3 PR) & 9 have been 40+ yards. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS has 15 catches for 347 yards (86.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 on road. TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 106 rec. TDs. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 5 rec. TDs…Rookie LB JATAVIS BROWN had career-high 15 tackles & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4. LB MELVIN INGRAM has 9.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 11. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA has 2 sacks in 1st 2 career games. CB CASEY HAYWARD has 3 INTs in past 5…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN passed for 335 yards & 3 TDs in Week 6. Has 100+ rating in 7 of past 8. Averaging 369.3 yards per game & has 9 TDs for 120.5 rating in past 4 at home…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5…WR JULIO JONES had 139 rec. yards & TD last week. Averaging 173.3 yards per game & has 3 TDs in past 4 at home. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch in Week 6…DE DWIGHT FREENEY has sack in 3 of past 4. LB VIC BEASLEY has 4.5 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC. CB ROBERT ALFORD has 2 INTs & 8 PD in past 4 at home. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had sack & FF in Week 6. S KEMAL ISHMAEL aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 10+ tackles & PD. Rookie S KEANU NEAL had 11 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF.

Chargers Could Get OL Chris Watt Back This Week Off PUP List

Chris Watt

There’s some good news for the Chargers as they get set for the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday, as today ESPN’s Eric Williams reports that offensive lineman Chris Watt could be back with the team to give the line a boost.

The San Diego Chargers could get some help up front with the offensive line, as interior offensive lineman Chris Watt is eligible to begin practice this week.

Selected in the third round of the 2014 draft, Watt began training camp and the start of the regular season on the physically unable to perform [PUP] list as he recovered from offseason knee surgery, meaning he had to sit out the first six weeks of this season.

A Coming of Age Win for the Young Chargers Over the Broncos

Joey Bosa

Thursday night was a coming out party for the young Chargers, a possible coming of age for a team that clearly needed it after two weeks of awful late let downs against the New Orleans Saints at home and the Oakland Raiders on the road.

This time around they would not allow themselves to fall into the same trap, despite a gaffe on a punt return by new wide out/returner Travis Benjamin, the team was able to rise up, hold the Broncos to a field goal, and eventually pull out a 21-13 win over the defending Super Bowl Champions.

“You’ve seen the last couple weeks, haven’t you?,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said

“We made it a little too interesting there. Like I say every week, we’re going to learn a ton from this game as a team. But the most important thing was we found a way to win today.”

The MVP of this game was a Chargers defense that at the start of the fourth quarter, had the Broncos gaining just 129 yards of total offense. If you were betting at harrahs casino, you probably would never have guessed that’s who would have rose up against Denver.

With new first-round pick Joey Bosa finally getting on the field and playing valuable minutes, the team seems to finally have gelled on defense to the point of being able to harass quarterbacks and make plays when needed.

None was more important than holding the Broncos to a field goal after the Benjamin fumble, a play that ended up keeping the Chargers ahead for good, and also kept the momentum on their side.

A night that belonged to the young players showed how good the Chargers could be if they just stop making careless mistakes, and with Bosa adding to the mix, they just might be a team that can finally put their 1-4 start behind them.

“Hats off to the Chargers for the draft class,” Bosa said. “Not only great players but great guys. That’s the kind of people you want in your organization. Obviously, it showed tonight.”

Jatavis Brown was another Charger that came up with a big play, one that saw a breakup of a pass in the final minutes by Broncos wide out Demaryius Thomas which forced a fumble that was recovered by Craig Mager, and another huge play being a sack of Brown of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian to seal the win.

How big was the win for the Chargers? It was their first win over a team with a winning record since they beat the Baltimore Ravens back in late November of 2014. If you’re counting that close to two seasons.

Since then, there’s not been too much to cheer about, but now with a quality win under their belt, here’s hoping the Chargers can follow up on it and keep up the momentum next week when they have a tough test at Atlanta against the Falcons.

Keys to the Game: Chargers Look to Get a Big AFC West Win over Denver

Denver Broncos versus the San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have laid big eggs the last two weeks in games they really could have won, and after a three-point loss to the Raiders on Sunday they are back in action Thursday against another AFC West rival, the Denver Broncos.

If San Diego is going to get back in the race in any fashion in the division, they need to get a big home win over one team that showed some cracks last week in Denver.

Here’s three keys to a Chargers win on Thursday, and our pick of how it will go down below.

1. Turnovers

The Chargers have eight lost fumbles on the season, and right now this team isn’t good enough to be giving up the football on a weekly basis like they have. If they are going to overcome what is still a very good Broncos defense. Philip Rivers also has to be careful with throwing the ball downfield, as the Broncos defense isn’t afraid to go ball hawking. A minus two or more in the this game and they will be on the losing end.

2. Keep Rivers Upright

The Denver defensive unit has sacked opposing quarterbacks 19 times this season, and if the Chargers are going to win, they have to give the Chargers QB time to throw without having Von Miller and the Denver D in his face all night. The Chargers’ offensive line, which could be without starting right tackle Joe Barksdale again this week due to a foot injury, has given up only 11 sacks, which is a good sign, but Thursday isn’t a good time to not have a good night when it comes to giving up sacks.

3. Spread the Ball Around

Last week Atlanta used a variety of screens and their running backs as wide outs to spread the field, if the Chargers want to win, they should take a page from the Falcons book. While Danny Woodhead would be excellent in a game plan like this, look for Melvin Gordon to get a chance to catch a couple passes, and for Rivers to use check downs if the pressure starts to get to him. Getting rid of the ball is as important as ever against the Denver D.

Prediction: The Chargers have lost four of five, and this game is really going to be what team makes the less mistakes. I like the Chargers in this game from the standpoint of Rivers looking to make plays, but don’t like them from the standpoint of they have turned the ball over too much. If San Diego is going to win, they need to avoid the same mistakes that have plagued them the last two weeks. Won’t happen as they fall to 1-5. Denver 20 San Diego 14

Broncos vs Chargers NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Gary Kubiak: 3-2 Mike McCoy: 1-5
LAST WEEK L 23-16 vs. Atlanta L 34-31 at Oakland
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Chargers 20 at Broncos 27. Denver RBs Ronnie Hillman & C.J. Anderson combine for 212 rushing yards. Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has 5 receptions for 117 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/15: Broncos 17, Chargers 3. Denver WR Demaryius Thomas has 6 receptions for 61 yards & TD. Broncos LB Danny Trevathan records 25-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Craig Wrolstad
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Den), 81 (SD). XM: 226 (Den), 225 (SD).


PASSING Trevor Siemian: 68-101-824-6-3-99.6 Philip Rivers: 117-172-1469-11(T3L)-3-108.4
RUSHING C.J. Anderson: 84-293-3.5-3 Melvin Gordon: 89-299-3.4-6 (T1L)
RECEIVING Emmanuel Sanders: 32-373-11.7-3 Travis Benjamin: 28-394-14.1-2
OFFENSE 327.2 373.2
DEFENSE 301.0 375.0
SACKS Von Miller: 6.5 (2L) Melvin Ingram: 3
INTs Aqib Talib: 3 (T2L) Casey Hayward: 3 (T2L)
PUNTING Riley Dixon (R): 47.3 Drew Kaser (R): 39.1
KICKING Brandon McManus: 41 (11/12 PAT; 10/11 FG) Josh Lambo: 44 (17/18 PAT; 9/10 FG)


BRONCOS: QB TREVOR SIEMIAN has won 1st 4 career starts. Is 2-0 on road with 5 TDs, 0 INTs & 134.9 rating…RB C.J. ANDERSON has 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in past 10 (incl. playoffs). Rushed for 95 yards & TD in last meeting…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS is 1 of 2 in NFL with 6,000+ rec. yards (6,168) & 40+ rec. TDs (44) since 2012. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Has 8 rec. TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 25 catches for 406 yards (101.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 vs. SD. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 24 catches for 285 yards (95 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3…LB VON MILLER has 11 sacks, 14 TFL, 3 FFs & FR in 10 games vs. SD. Has 11.5 sacks, 3 FFs & INT in past 7 (incl. playoffs). Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 sacks. CB AQIB TALIB has 3 INTs in past 4, incl. INT-TD. Has 9 career INT-TDs, tied for 4th in NFL history. LB SHANE RAY has 4 sacks & FR-TD in past 4…CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Had 359 yards & 4 TDs last week. Since 2008, has 36,228 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL…RB MELVIN GORDON leads NFL with 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.). Has TD in all 5 games in 2016…WR-PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 15 career TDs (12 rec., 3 PR) & 9 have been 40+ yards. Had 9 catches for 117 yards in last game vs. Den. (10/18/15 with Cle.). WR TYRELL WILLIAMS had 1st career 100-yard game (117) last week (5 catches, 1 TD). Had career-long 80-yard TD in last meeting. TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 106 rec. TDs. Has 4 TDs in past 4 meetings…LB MELVIN INGRAM aims for 4th in row vs. Den. with sack. Has 9.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 10. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA had 2 sacks in NFL debut last week. CB CASEY HAYWARD has 3 INTs in past 4.

Broncos vs Chargers Monday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Monday LB DeMarcus Ware (forearm)
  Monday QB Trevor Siemian (left shoulder), CB Kayvon Webster (hamstring)
  Monday WR Bennie Fowler (elbow), TE Virgil Green (calf), S Shiloh Keo (knee), S Justin Simmons (hand), T Donald Stephenson (calf), LB Dekoda Watson (elbow), DE Billy Winn (low back)
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (San Diego did not conduct a practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
Practice Report
  Monday S Jahleel Addae (collarbone), T Joe Barksdale (foot), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), G Orlando Franklin (ankle), T Chris Hairston (groin), CB Craig Mager (shoulder), LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder)
  Monday P Drew Kaser (back)

Chargers Fail Late Again; Fall to Raiders 34-31 to Fall to 1-4

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

The Raiders keep finding new ways to win late in games, while the Chargers somehow manage to find even more painful ways to lose.

Derek Carr threw a go-ahead 21-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on a fourth-and-2 gamble and the Raiders survived when the Chargers botched a potential tying kick late in a 34-31 win Sunda

“Sometimes you just have to find ways to win and get it done at the end,” Carr said. “It would be nice if we didn’t have to do all the stress and drama at the end. That would be nice.”

After using a late 2-point conversion to win the opener, stopping a late Tennessee drive in a Week 3 win and using a late score and defensive stop to beat Baltimore last week, the Raiders (4-1) survived against the Chargers (1-4) to post their first three-game winning streak in five years.

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Offense The Best Form Of Defense For San Diego?

San Diego Chargers v San Francisco 49ers

Without a doubt, the Chargers have one of the best and most reliable quarterbacks in the National Football League. Philip Rivers has been consistently good for so long but San Diego have failed to hit the heights in recent times.

This year, injuries to Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead have hindered Mike McCoy’s men in the early stages of the campaign – with the Chargers winning just one of their opening four games this season.

If truth be told, McCoy’s side have really stepped up to the plate on offense since losing two of their integral offensive starters. The Keenan Allen injury, as described by Ryan Ward of, has hurt San Diego’s chances of reaching the playoffs in what is a very competitive division.

With Super Bowl champions Denver Broncos, the solid Kansas City Chiefs and rising Oakland Raiders, the Chargers are up against it in the AFC West. Whilst McCoy’s men are capable of putting points on the board, they have to face three solid defensive units twice a year; and that will take its toll on San Diego in the coming months. A run to the playoffs looks very difficult indeed…

Despite their poor start, San Diego have been scoring points freely – and that will give some confidence ahead of what may be a difficult season. McCoy’s men are scoring over 30 points per game; which tells us that their 1-3 record says a lot more about their leaky defense than their flourishing offense.

Ultimately, it looks like the Chargers are going to have to out-score their rivals instead of relying on their defense to step up and make a game-winning play or two. According to the website, San Diego are conceding 27 points per game – the ninth-worst record in the league.

McCoy is under serious pressure at Qualcomm Stadium and the Chargers need a big game on defense in order to boost confidence around the franchise.

If Rivers can keep fit and Melvin Gordon continues to perform well out of the backfield, the Chargers could climb up the rankings; especially when it comes down to offensive statistics.

In fact, San Diego are on the verge of something very special on offense and McCoy’s side will prosper significantly when they have everybody fighting fit. For now, the Chargers have to make the most of a bad situation and who knows, a playoff wildcard slot could fall into their hands…