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Chargers at Seahawks NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s today’s Inactives for the Chargers and Seahawks matchup in Seattle

Chargers

DE Joey Bosa
S Rayshawn Jenkins
OG Forrest Lamp
DE Chris Landrum
RB Detrez Newsome
OG Trent Scott
OT Cole Toner

Seahawks

S Maurice Alexander
DT Poona Ford
DT Nazair Jones
OT Ethan Pocic
RB C.J. Prosise
OG Jordan Simmons
CB Neiko Thorpe

Now at 5-2; Chargers Have a Tough Slate When They Return After the Bye Week

The Chargers have won four straight after sitting at 1-2 on the season, and now at 5-2 after Sunday’s 20-19 win over the Tennessee Titans, the team suddenly looks like a force in the AFC.

The Bolts are red-hot, and if you are looking to Bet on football, you might want to look ahead at their slate for the next few weeks, as the Rams might not be the only team that is being talked about these days in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles will enjoy a bye week before they get back in action in week nine, and when they do they will be at Seattle on November 4th, in a big game against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

Seattle is a team that still at home is very tough to beat, and getting a healthy Melvin Gordon back is going to be key, as the team can control the tempo with a strong run game and that’s a great way to get a huge road win.

After the game in Seattle, the team will travel to Oakland for their second meeting in 2018 with the Oakland Raiders, a team they beat up back on October 7th by a score of 26-10.

While on paper that might look like a game the Bolts should dominate, it’s again a road game and a matchup in the AFC West that the team can’t look past.

The following week the team returns home for another key AFC West game, as they will play host to the Denver Broncos, a team that finally got back in the win column last Thursday by dominating the Cardinals in Glendale.

The Broncos have struggled in a number of areas losing three straight before finally getting a win over the Cardinals, and while it is at , again it is a game that the Chargers cannot overlook as they look to win a key game in their division.

Speaking of the Arizona Cardinals, they are the opponent the next week after the Chargers get done with Denver, coming to Los Angeles for a week 12 matchup on Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th.

The Cardinals are going through a ton of growing pains, as rookie quarterback Sam Rosen has struggled, but they still have a dangerous running back in David Johnson, and they are a team that if you look past, you could find yourself in a dogfight against in the fourth quarter, something the Chargers clearly do not want to have to happen.

December 2nd brings one of the biggest games of the season, as the Chargers will travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin.

Pittsburgh has gotten on track the last two weeks with wins, and there’s no doubt they will bring the fight to the Chargers in what should be a great AFC game.

If the Chargers are going to push the Chiefs for the division lead, or push for a wild card spot in the AFC, they have their work cut out for them starting right after the bye week.

Raiders vs Chargers NFL Week Five Inactives

Here’s the week five inactives for the Raiders and Chargers

Raiders

DE Shilique Calhoun
S Karl Joseph
WR Brandon LaFell
CB Nick Nelson
OG Kelechi Osemele
OG Ian Silberman
RB DeAndre Washington

Chargers

OT Joe Barksdale
WR Travis Benjamin
DE Joey Bosa
WR J.J. Jones
OT Russell Okung
OT Cole Toner
LB Kyzir White

Is Mike Williams Finally Starting to Become a Star for the Chargers?

It may have taken awhile, and if you checked a site like www.beabetterbettor.com it was probably pretty unlikely after a really tough start, but it is looking more and more like Chargers wideout Mike Williams is turning into the teams’ biggest offensive playmaker.

In Sunday’s 35-23 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, a game in which the Chargers were a touchdown underdog, in most betting circles, Williams was very good, making four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

Williams is making a believer out of the Chargers coaches and even out of the person that is throwing him passes and making him better, that being quarterback Philip Rivers.

“He played big and strong and made some big plays,” Rivers said. “He’s only going to continue to be more and more of a factor for us.”

The 2017 season was a rough one for Williams, as pretty much from the moment he was drafted he battled injuries. Last year he had just 11 catches for 95 yards without a score.

He caught a touchdown in the Chargers Week two win at Buffalo, and already here in 2018 he has 11 catches for 189 with three scores, and just looks like a much better and more confident wide out.

“He’s going to continue to do this,” said Rivers, pointing his hand upward when asked about Williams. “Gosh, he played big and strong, and made a handful of big plays, and obviously the touchdowns. He’s going to continue to be more of a factor for us.”

The athleticism that Williams brings to the Chargers cannot be denied. He’s 6′ 4″, 220 pounds, and the former Clemson wide out might just be ready for a breakout season that the Chargers waited a season for after he was taken in the first round with the seventh overall pick last season in the draft.

Expect Rivers and Williams to continue to build on the relationship they have already started, and with the way that the 2018 season has started, it could be a big season for Williams, showing again that a first-round pick has paid off for the Bolts.

Without the Pass Rushing Skills of Joey Bosa, the Chargers Can’t Get Any Heat on the QB

Not many people expected the Los Angeles Chargers to go into Los Angeles (huh) and beat their cross town rivals the Rams on Sunday.

Most betting sites such as www.canadasportsbetting.ca had the Chargers as a full seven-point favorite as they took the field Sunday.

So it was not much of a surprise in the outcome and that the Chargers, while putting up 23 points, were not able to keep up, as they fell eventually 35-23.

When you look at the betting lines for this upcoming week, the Chargers will be at home against the San Francisco 49’ers, a team that is going to be in severe transition as they lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn ACL on Sunday in a loss to the Chiefs.

The early line for the game against the 49’ers has the Chargers favored by 9.5 points, a healthy number for the week four battle in Los Angeles.

Back to Sunday though, one of the biggest keys to the setback to the Rams was the Chargers inability to pressure Rams quarterback Jared Goff, and without Bolts pass rusher Joey Bosa, just were unable to get much heat on the Rams high powered thrower.

Goff was good all day, as he hit on 13 of his first 14 passes and 29 of 36 overall.

It was obvious the team missed Bosa, and by in large Goff was just too much for the Chargers and they just could not keep up when it came to matching points.

“You can’t give a team like that nothing,” coach Anthony Lynn said. “Their offense is very good. We couldn’t get off the field. We didn’t put enough pressure on the quarterback.”

The team is going to have to find different ways to get to the quarterback, and the latest is that Bosa and his bone bruise in his left foot will not allow him back to playing till sometime in October.

Defensive schemes, possible players sitting out there, or maybe even a trade? Those are about the only things the team can do different. Until then, the Bolts corners will be tested week in a week out no matter who the opposing quarterback is.

Video: Chargers Can’t Keep Up with High-Powered Rams in 35-23 Setback

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon Proving His Worth Not Only as a Runner But Also as a Pass Catcher

If the first two weeks are going to serve as a harbinger for the rest of the season, defensive coordinators are going to have another concern when figuring out how to defend Melvin Gordon.

The Chargers running back leads the team in receptions with 15 after the first two games. Gordon had six receptions for 38 yards in Sunday’s 31-20 win at Buffalo with two of his three touchdowns coming on catches

It is the second time in the past two seasons that Gordon has had a two-game stretch of 15 receptions, but it appears as if he is being counted on more as a receiving option.

Quarterback Philip Rivers said after Sunday’s game that Gordon’s development has been a gradual build and that he has embraced the passing game more.

When Gordon was drafted by the Chargers in 2015, Danny Woodhead was the prime receiving option out of the backfield. When Woodhead got injured in 2016, Gordon had to learn on the fly.

“I think now he’s at a point where he sees the running back as a three-down position and also who cares how you get the touches,” said Rivers, who threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns. “It’s not a 25-carry, 150-yard league anymore. It’s a 16 carries, seven receptions. How many touches does he get for 150? I mean you see it around the league the best backs that’s what they do, I think he also has embraced that.”

Gordon’s two touchdown catches came on different routes. On the first one with 10:43 remaining in the second quarter, he sold the play action and then beat Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds on an out route for a 9-yard score. The second one was wheel route on third-and-goal from the Bills’ 2 where he got separation from linebacker Matt Milano.

“He had his play action, he made sure he checked his protection. He got out and separated in a hurry,” said Rivers of the first touchdown. “I was really getting ready to throw that to Tyrell (Williams). Then I was like, Oh, there’s Melvin, mid-delivery. That was nice by him.”

Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that when he was hired by the Chargers last year he saw that Gordon had excellent hands and was developing as a route runner.

“Just with studying the 2016 tape when I first came, I thought, ‘This guy catches the ball a lot better than I thought.’ Then he backed it up,” Lynn said. “Sometimes, the best matchup might be Melvin on a linebacker as opposed to (wide receiver) Keenan (Allen) on a cornerback.”

Gordon sustained an upper body injury that kept him out for most of the fourth quarter, but Lynn said he should be ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Running backs have accounted for three of Rivers’ six touchdown passes this season. Austin Ekeler had a TD catch in the Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. Ekeler was the Chargers’ leading rusher at Buffalo with 77 yards on 11 carries while Gordon had nine carries for 28 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown during the first quarter.

The Chargers offense will face a big test this week, going up against an unbeaten Rams defense that hasn’t allowed a point in six quarters and only one touchdown this season. There will also be more hype to the game locally since it matches two Los Angeles NFL teams for the first time since 1994, when the Rams faced the Raiders.

With the 1-1 Chargers having a “home” game in London next month, the short road trip is welcomed by players and the coaching staff.

“It’s kind of a home game, but it’s going to be on their turf. We’re going to stay downtown and treat it like it’s an away game and go through our normal ‘away’ routine,” Lynn said.

Chargers Safety Jaylen Watkins Tears ACL, Out for the Season

The Chargers got some awful news regarding the injury to veteran safety Jaylen Watkins, that being is that he suffered a torn ACL and is going to miss the entire 2018 season.

The injury took place in the last preseason game against the Seahawks. Watkins got the start over Desmond King, Derwin James, and Rayshawn Jenkins.