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Can The Los Angeles Chargers Win The AFC West?

The Los Angeles Chargers seem to be in position to be a threat in the AFC this season as they are currently sitting in second place in the AFC West with a 6-5 record and are a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs for the top spot in the division and an automatic home playoff game. There is a lot to like about this Chargers team so today we are going to dive into if Los Angeles has a realistic chance to win the division with a handful of games remaining. 

If you are confident in betting on some NFL lines, the odds that the Chargers win the AFC West is currently sitting at +400 so go place that bet and get a good payout if it happens. 

What’s The Remaining Schedule Like?

This is going to really be the difference-maker for the Chargers’ chances as Los Angeles has a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals, home against the New York Giants, home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, on the road against the Houston Texans, home for the Denver Broncos, and finish off with a road game against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Chargers have three divisional games remaining and are 2-1 so far while the Chiefs are 1-1 in their two divisional matchups. 

The key matchup is going to be the Thursday night showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs as the Los Angeles Chargers already won in Arrowhead early in the regular season so winning that game means they will guarantee the tiebreaker. Realistically, the Chargers can go 4-2 but needing to win the Chiefs game or 5-1 if they want to win the division. 

Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert has been performing at a solid level this season as he is leading the NFL with a 65.9 QBR and has a 66 completion percentage for 3,230 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has been having an interception issue as of late as six of his 10 interceptions have come within the previous five games. He needs to be more careful with the football and having some solid weapons like wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will only help him progress as he chases his first playoff berth in his young career.

Defense

The defense needs some improvements in the last handful of regular season games if the Chargers want to win the division or even hold onto a playoff spot entirely. As of this writing, Los Angeles is allowing 26.6 points per game this season and the only teams giving up more points are the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and the Las Vegas Raiders. Playoff teams cannot have that glaring of a weakness if they want to win the division. They aren’t forcing enough turnovers to be competitive either as they have 12 turnovers (seven interceptions, five forced fumbles) and they need to force more in order to win games in December and January. 

Conclusion

The Los Angeles Chargers are a playoff team, but I do not see this team winning the division due to some divisional games causing me some concerns. The Chiefs seem to be clicking as the season continues and should return to form. I do not envision Kansas City losing the head-to-head matchup and that will be the nail in the coffin. If the Chargers are able to win that game though, they have a slight edge due to the fact they have four divisional games as well as a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals and a home game against the experienced Pittsburgh Steelers and they can easily lose two games in that stretch. All in all, I’d make the future bet at +400 because that is solid odds with the tie-breaker aiming in their direction thus far.

The Chargers Release Their Initial 53-Man Roster

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Chargers waived 16 players and released their initial 53-man roster.. And not even 24 hours later, the team has already begun tinkering with the roster, claiming two players on the waiver and releasing two others.

With the Chargers roster looking super strong, I think we’re going to have a great season, and the playoffs are well within our reach. If you feel the same way, you can put your money where your mouth is at the powerplay casino and hopefully win big.

Here’s the current look at the Bolts’ 53-man roster:

Offense:

Quarterbacks (3): Justin Herbert, Chase Daniel, Easton Stick

Running backs (4): Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, Larry Rountree III

Fullbacks (1): Gabe Nabers

Wide receivers (5): Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer, K.J. Hill

Tight ends (4): Jared Cook, Donald Parham, Tre’ McKitty, Stephen Anderson

Offensive linemen (9): Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Corey Linsley, Oday Aboushi, Bryan Bulaga, Trey Pipkins, Brenden Jaimes, Storm Norton, Scott Quessenberry

Defense:

Defensive linemen (5): Linval Joseph, Justin Jones, Jerry Tillery, Christian Covington, Eric Banks*

Edge defender (4): Joey Bosa, Uchenna Nwosu, Kyler Fackrell, Chris Rumph II

Linebackers (5): Kenneth Murray, Drue Tranquill, Kyzir White, Nick Niemann, Amen Ogbongbemiga

Defensive backs (10): Michael Davis, Asante Samuel, Jr., Chris Harris, Jr., Tevaughn Campbell, Kemon Hall, Derwin James, Nasir Adderley, Alohi Gilman, Mark Webb, Trey Marshall*

Specialists (3): Tristan Vizcaino, Ty Long, Matt Overton

*** New addition

After A Standout Rookie Season, Can Justin Herbert Take The Chargers To The Postseason?

Last season was something of a forgettable one for the Los Angeles Chargers, a second consecutive losing season which failed to result in postseason action, and the only real plus point came in the excellent displays of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.

The 23-year-old arrived at the SoFi Stadium outfit as the number six pick in the first round of the draft, and he went on to rack up over 4000 passing yards (a feat only achieved by three previous rookies) and completed 31 touchdown passes, an NFL record, and rushed for five more.

Chargers fans will be wondering if Herbert can once again make an impact in his second season and provide the catalyst for a concerted run this time around.

Should Herbert lead LA to a long postseason run, you’ll want to keep a close eye on the odds with the NFL sidelines.io picture. There you can see a tantalizing +1700 on the AFC title and a slightly less realistic +3300 on the Chargers first Super Bowl title of the modern era.

The instant nature of Herbert’s impact was something many couldn’t have predicted, he made his first appearance in game two of last season, and only because starter Tyrod Taylor suffered a chest injury in the warm-up, the youngster then proceeded to end the game with 311 passing yards, throwing one touchdown and rushing another.

Though the Los Angeles Chargers finished with a 7-9 record, they did finish the campaign with four wins on the bounce, one of them impressively against this year’s favorites Kansas City.

While everything was working well in offense in 2020 the Chargers had a lot to improve in defense and set about that task in the offseason and could be set for a best season since the heady days between 2006 and 2009 when they won the AFC West four years in a row.

There is of course the danger that too much responsibility is being piled onto Herbert’s relatively young shoulders, but the praise he’s received is both warranted and high indeed.

Joe Lombardi, the Chargers’ offensive coordinator, stated recently in relation to Herbert’s football intelligence:

“Very high. He’s a perfectionist. He grinds at it. If he doesn’t quite get everything, there can be some stress with it, but he learns very quickly. Every day, he gets more comfortable.”

Amusingly the myriad of praise hasn’t helped when it comes to the rating applied to Herbert on the new Madden 22 video game, with Herbert being surprisingly humble about his 80 score in the bestselling game.

That score did represent a big jump on the 70 he had ahead of his debut season, but still doesn’t adequately reflect just how impressive the Oregon-born player fared last season.

The Chargers schedule begins with a trip to face the Washington Football Team in what should be quite an even affair before hosting the Dallas Cowboys and then clashing with the Patrick Mahomes-fronted Kansas City Chiefs in week three.

If Herbert and company can come out of these opening games with a positive record, then Brandon Staley’s side could be in business.

Chargers Limited-Edition Bud Light Cans Are Coming To Los Angeles

Bud Light Chargers Cans

As the official beer sponsor of the NFL, Bud Light has just unveiled the 2021-2022 Chargers cans and packaging that brings fandom to a whole new level.

Chargers fans can toast to their favorite squad this season with products displaying a ‘Bolt Up’ rally cry! They will be available for fans to purchase in Los Angeles for a limited-time only beginning August 23rd.

Austin Ekeler also joined in on the fun, teaming up with Bud Light for his very own limited-edition pack that you can see above. The limited-edition cans in stores look exactly the same, just without the fancy box.

What do you think of the Chargers limited-edition Bud Light cans?

The 3 Most Exciting Matchups From the 2021 Chargers Schedule

It was a tough 2020 for the Bolts, as the team struggled to a mark of 7-9, and sat at 3-9 at one point prior till the team won their last four games to end the year with seven wins.

The team is hopeful that they can rebound in 2021, using a new coaching staff and a new look roster to be much better.

Look for the Bolts to be overall better, and for the team to challenge the best in the AFC.

While there’s a number of great matchups on the Bolts slate, including divisional games vs the Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs, the team also has a number of great games, home and away to look forward to.

Here are the 3 matchups that I’m most looking forward to:

10/10 vs Cleveland – The Browns are going to be everyone’s darling as the AFC choice in 2021, and if the Bolts can find a way with Justin Herbert under center or whoever is under center they will make a massive statement with a new coach and staff. Don’t underestimate the Chargers in this early affair.

10/21 vs Pittsburgh – No one, and we mean NO ONE travels like Steeler Nation, and this matchup could be a reminder of the game a few years back on Sunday night when Delvin “Duck” Hodges came into Los Angeles and led Pitt to a solid win. Can they do that again or will the Bolts pull off the upset win? It should be a fun matchup.

12/26 at Houston – Merry Christmas! The Bolts will travel to the city of Houston to tackle the Texans in what should be a fun game between these two AFC foes. We will see if the Los Angeles defense can slow down whoever is starting at QB for the Texans, and if they can, they might be able to secure a late season win against a good Texans team that should be better this season.

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Go Bolts!

The Los Angeles Chargers 2021 Schedule Has Been Released

The Chargers have worked hard this offseason looking to add star power to the team’s NFL roster.

The team has a couple big name players on the team that the club wants to see get better in 2021 as they look to take another step forward for success.

The Bolts boast one of the better young players in the game today, with quarterback Justin Herbert, who even when not 100 percent still is one of, if not the best players in the NFL.

Herbert should be back to 100 percent once the 2021 starts in September. Last season he threw 31 touchdowns with just 10 picks and 4336 yards.

The Chargers finished the season 7-9, and the team had their chances down the stretch but simply didn’t have the firepower to win big games.

The team will start the 2021 campaign with a pair of NFC East games, as they will play against Washington on 9/12, and then they will play the Dallas Cowboys the following week.

You can check out the full Chargers schedule below:

Los Angeles Chargers 2021 Schedule

Week 1: Sep. 12 at Washington Football Team 1:00 PM CBS
Week 2: Sep. 19 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PMCBS
Week 3: Sep. 26 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM CBS
Week 4: Oct. 4 Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN
Week 5: Oct. 10 Cleveland Browns 4:05 PM CBS
Week 6: Oct. 17 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM CBS
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 31 New England Patriots 4:05 PM CBS
Week 9: Nov. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05 PM CBS
Week 10: Nov. 14 Minnesota Vikings 4:05 PM FOX
Week 11: Nov. 21 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 PM NBC
Week 12: Nov. 28 at Denver Broncos 4:05 PM CBS
Week 13: Dec. 5 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM FOX
Week 14: Dec. 12 New York Giants 4:05 PM FOX
Week 15: Dec. 16 Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 16: Dec. 26 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS
Week 17: Jan. 2 Denver Broncos 4:05 PM CBS
Week 18: Jan. 9 at Las Vegas Raiders 4:25 PM CBS

As you might imagine, people are going to be chomping at the bit to get their hands on Los Angeles Chargers tickets for the Bolts after being stuck at home for the past year, especially with some of the great matchups they’ve got this season. Tickets are sure to go quick, but not to worry, as we’ve got you covered!

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Here’s hoping the Chargers can do enough to secure home field for the playoffs as they look to build on their playoff run of a few seasons ago when they went to New England and lost to the Pats, Tom Brady and the eventual Super Bowl champion Pats.

Former Chargers QB Philip Rivers Announces Retirement

Former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers called it a career on Wednesday morning, announcing his retirement from the National Football League.

Rivers played 16 memorable seasons for the Chargers before signing a one-year deal worth $25 million last offseason with the Indianapolis Colts.

The 39-year-old leaves the NFL throwing 397 touchdowns with 198 interceptions.

Oddly enough Rivers walks away 13 years ago to the day he played on one leg in the AFC Title game in New England against the undefeated Patriots, the closest that the Chargers got to the Super Bowl with the fiery quarterback.

Rivers played in 244 games, starting the final 240 of those without missing one. That streak is second to just Brett Favre, who played in 297 straight.

Eight times in his career Rivers made the Pro Bowl.

Chargers Make HC Hire, Bring in Rams DC Brandon Staley as New Voice

The Chargers have a new coach, making a somewhat surprise hire on Sunday evening of Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.

Staley led the Rams in 2020 to the league’s #1 ranked defense, allowing (281.9 yards allowed per game) and they ranked first in points allowed per game, allowing just 18.5 points per contest.

The move was a surprise in that not many even had Staley on the map to be the next Bolts head coach.

Just a few years back Staley was coaching at John Carroll University, and that didn’t hurt when it came to the fact that Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco went to college there as well.

The team will bring in Staley for a meeting with the media on Monday.