The Chargers are fresh off of an adjusted bye week, and it was a much-needed one with several of the key starters battling injuries.
It appears that they are healthy and ready to go against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their Week 7 matchup
The Chargers will hopefully get Melvin Ingram and Justin Jones back this week and both of them have been on IR the past couple of weeks, and their absence has hurt the Chargers’ run defense and pass-rushing the last couple of weeks.
One of the key storylines for the Chargers post-bye season is the coaching and some of the difficult calls that head Coach Anthony Lynn has made late in games that have caused the Chargers several close losses.
One of the issues early this season has been the Chargers gaining large leads in the first half of games and then struggling to keep the leads late in games and becoming conservative in the offensive play-calling. Lynn has discussed that the Chargers need to be better at closing out games and has also said that they are still opening up the playbook for rookie Justin Herbert and plan to give him more control of the offense.
Justin Herbert has been playing at a high level this year, unfortunately, the Chargers have not been able to win any games under the Herbert Era.
This is of course not from Herbert’s play, but pilling up injuries, poor coaching in late games, and bad red zone defense. With the playbook expanding for Herbert, this should allow the Chargers offense to be more aggressive in early downs, and not use the ineffective rushing attack that plagued them against the Saints, where they averaged 1.1 yards per carry on first down runs. That stat is alarming and can be attributed to the poor play calling and also the banged-up offensive line that the Chargers have struggled with all season.
The Chargers will hopefully get Pro Bowler Bryan Bulaga back this week at right tackle, however, Trai Turner has been fighting several leg injuries all year and will be out for this week. Getting both of these players back will hopefully bring some continuity to the offensive line and hopefully protect Justin Herbert better.
The Chargers have a promising schedule upcoming and if they can fix their mistakes they can easily finish this season with a winning record. The Chargers sit at 1-4 going into week 7, with a winnable matchup against the Jaguars. They will then play the Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins, and Jets.
With this upcoming schedule, the Chargers could be 4-5 after this stretch and back on track for the season.
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