The Chargers moved to 12-4, who would have predicted that the Chargers would have gotten over their haunting kicking problems and been able to finish games for the first time since 2013.
Anthony Lynn should honestly be coach of the year, with his ability to motivate this team. Past Chargers teams would give up around the third quarter and they would lose a lot of games, but Lynn doesn’t tolerate that. As I write this at 11:50 right before 2019 hits, fun to reflect the season that the Chargers have had.
The offense started slow, like a lull from the domination from the Ravens last week. It wasn’t until the running game started working, that the Chargers passing game took off in the second half. Mike Williams finished the regular season with 11 TDs on the season, which was a huge step from last season. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler were back healthy, but Gordon did get his ankle rolled in the game, but he should be alright to play in the Wildcard. Hopefully the second half of the Chargers offense, is what comes in the playoffs. Hunter Henry will be back for the first game of the season, in the playoffs, coming off a torn ACL in May!
The defense played amazing, minus Jahleel Addae. I am really getting sick of his play, he got an interception in the Chargers side of the field, and then lateraled it to King and lost the ball. The Chargers went from getting the ball to giving up a FG, because of that dumb play. Other than that blemish, the defense balled out. Kyle Emmanuel had a fumble recovery returned for a TD, Desmond King forced a fumble and made several big plays. Derwin James made his final case for DROY, he should have it locked up. Joey Bosa finished the regular season with 5.5 Sacks in just 5 games played, just imagine a full season, excited to have him for the playoffs. Jatavis Brown went down with a serious ankle injury, and doesn’t look promising for him to play next week. This is an even bigger blow to the Chargers linebacking corps, could play a factor in next weeks game against the Ravens.
The Chargers will face off in Baltimore against the Ravens again. Chargers have faced the Ravens before and will be the first defense to play this new run-heavy offense twice. Lamar showed his rookie flaws last week verses the Browns, I think the Chargers can get to him. It’s only a matter of getting the offense going, and the Chargers should be fine.