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Bolts From The Blue Oct 18, 2017
What One Move Should the Chargers Have Made in the Offseason?

What One Move Should the Chargers Have Made in the Offseason?

If the Chargers had access to a time machine what personnel decision would they change from this offseason? The SB Nation NFL team sites will be doing theme weeks all throughout the 2017 NFL season. This week’s theme is: “What would your team do today if they could go back and change one move they made in the offseason? Would it instead be a move or addition they didn't make?” There are a lot of possible ways you could go with this question. The Los Angeles Chargers are 2-4 through six weeks with two tough matchups coming before their bye week, so there is obviously plenty of room...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 18, 2017
Trevor Williams is the unsung hero on this Chargers team

Trevor Williams is the unsung hero on this Chargers team

We knew Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa would do their thing. We figured 2 corners would be playing at a high level. We just didn’t know one of those corners would be Trevor Williams. Knowing Jason Verrett’s injury history not addressing corner early in the draft or in free agency came off as ignorant to me. Desmond King’s speed deficiency eliminates him. He can’t run on the perimeter. The Chargers won’t even try him out there. Enter Williams, the second year undrafted free agent out of Penn State. If you told me at the end of the year last year that he would be starting I would tell...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 18, 2017
Chargers vs. Raiders: Winners and Losers

Chargers vs. Raiders: Winners and Losers

Did somebody say two game winning streak? The Chargers are alive, baby! Okay, so they etched out a win by a single point thanks to Jon Condo - a 2x Pro Bowler and normally perfect LS - botching a simple PAT snap and allowing the Chargers to drive down the field and kick the gamewinner, but who cares about the semantics? They went into the house of a divisional rival and were able to grind out a win, which is something the Chargers have really struggled with in recent years. Not this time. By no means was this a perfect game. The run defense still struggled, and the offense were able to put...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 18, 2017
Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Are Chargers a Playoff Contender?

Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Are Chargers a Playoff Contender?

Your daily dose of Chargers news & notes from around the web. In fight for L.A., Chargers should embrace powder blue uniform - Eric Williams"We love the powder blue," Chargers president of business operations A.G. Spanos told the team's website. "It is obviously a color our fans identify with and is an important part of the Chargers' rich history. It has worked out well that we can still wear the powder blue for certain games during the year, especially during special occasions like honoring our alumni. The current system has worked out great." Rookie receiver race: Mike Williams' return...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 17, 2017
Broncos-Chargers Odds NFL Week 7: Los Angeles Favorites at Home

Broncos-Chargers Odds NFL Week 7: Los Angeles Favorites at Home

After opening as underdogs, the Chargers are now favorites. The Los Angeles Chargers opened as 2.5-point underdogs at home against the Denver Broncos, but that was before the Chargers came back to win on the road against the Oakland Raiders. It was also before the Broncos got their doors blown off by the hapless New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. The Chargers are now 1.5-point favorites which given that a home team is traditionally credited 3 points for being at home suggests that the Chargers are still viewed as the lesser of the two teams. Although, one could also read that as the...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 17, 2017
Chargers vs Raiders: Can the Chargers get to 4-4 at the Bye?

Chargers vs Raiders: Can the Chargers get to 4-4 at the Bye?

Garrett Sisti and Jamie Hoyle are back with another episode of the Lightning Round Podcast. The Chargers get their second victory in a row, this time on the road in Oakland against a divisional rival to move up in the AFC West standings. On the show the guys talk about some key runs by Melvin Gordon, the improvement of Philip Rivers over the last two weeks and the growth of the Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn. They also discuss whether the team can get to .500 going into the bye week, an update on Denzel Perryman and if they think Offensive Lineman Dan Feeney is going to be in the starting...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 17, 2017
Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Mike Williams Could Be a Difference Maker

Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Mike Williams Could Be a Difference Maker

Your daily dose of Chargers news & notes from around the web. 3 takeaways from the Chargers’ 17-16 victory vs. Raiders - Will HernandezLos Angeles didn’t look pretty moving the ball, but they found a way late in the game to get deep enough inside Oakland territory to put Novak in an excellent position to drill the game-winning kick Mike Williams flashes potential in limited duty against Raiders - Eric Williams"We wanted to sprinkle him in some and let him ease his way in," Rivers said. "And we knew there if we got zone coverage he was going to have a chance to be the primary guy on that...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 16, 2017
The Los Angeles Chargers found their new identity in a win over the Oakland Raiders

The Los Angeles Chargers found their new identity in a win over the Oakland Raiders

The Chargers needed to change their formula to start winning games, and now they’re playing to their own strengths more often. The Los Angeles Chargers’ 17-16 win over the Oakland Raiders felt transformational. It was the team’s first road win against an AFC West opponent in three years. The last time they won on the road was in Oakland was in Week 6 of the 2014 season, with Philip Rivers just barely out-dueling rookie QB Derek Carr in a game filled with passing yards and points. The Chargers won that one 31-28 and probably thought that the next time they beat the Raiders it would...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 16, 2017
Takeaways From the Los Angeles Chargers-Oakland Raiders Game

Takeaways From the Los Angeles Chargers-Oakland Raiders Game

What was your biggest takeaway from yesterday's game? Richard Wade: Anthony Lynn is not Mike McCoy and he is learning from his mistakes. He is also starting to put his stamp on the offense. Going for it on 4th & goal and the way the offense ground out the clock on their last drive were both great signs for the future of the team. Daniel Stebbins: The coaching staff appears to be learning from mistakes. The adjustment to Henry’s playing time and targets, involving Gordon in the offense more after he said he was upset, working in competition on the offensive line... all things that needed...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Good, Bad and Ugly from Los Angeles Chargers win over the Oakland Raiders

Good, Bad and Ugly from Los Angeles Chargers win over the Oakland Raiders

The Los Angeles Chargers went on the road against a division opponent and came out with a win and got out of the AFC West basement. The Good Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon was the star and the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Chargers offense today. He scored both of the team’s touchdowns, once as a receiver and once as a runner, diving over the goal line on 4th & 1. He was the team’s leading rusher and leading receiver for much of the day. While he wasn’t necessarily great or dominant today, Melvin Gordon took the ball a lot and mostly did positive things with it. Hunter Henry, Starting...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Chargers-Raiders Final Score: Los Angeles Chargers Defeat the Oakland Raiders 17-16

Chargers-Raiders Final Score: Los Angeles Chargers Defeat the Oakland Raiders 17-16

First Quarter The Chargers offense looked like it was going to get off to a good start with Melvin Gordon ripping off a 13-yard run on 1st down, but it was not to be. His next run was stopped after a short gain. Then a pair of targets for Keenan Allen gained only one more yard. Drew Kaser came on to punt. Marshawn Lynch’s first carry of the game went for 15 yards. Unfortunately for the Raiders, E.J. Manuel’s first pass went to Trevor Williams who had a nice interception return that was brought back on a penalty. The offense was unable to capitalize. Gordon was stopped for no gain....
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders: Open Thread

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders: Open Thread

The Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) travel to Oakland to take on division rival Oakland Raiders (2-3). Neither team is where they would have hoped to be five weeks in the 2017 NFL season. Both will be looking to get back on track with a win today. Derek Carr will be returning from injury today which has to fill Raiders fans with some degree of optimism. It also has to have Chargers pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram extremely motivated to see just how ready the Raiders quarterback really is to be back on the field. On the offensive side of the ball, the Chargers will get their first look...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Chargers at Raiders Inactives: Mike Williams Is Finally Active

Chargers at Raiders Inactives: Mike Williams Is Finally Active

Inactives for the Los Angeles Chargers game against the Oakland Raiders. Los Angeles Chargers fans will get their first chance to see the team’s first round pick in action today as Mike Williams is not on the inactives report: Our #LACvsOAK inactives:QB C. JonesWR D. InmanRB B. OliverLB N. HarrisT T. MarzTE S. CulkinDE J. Attaochu— #LACvsOAK (@Chargers) October 15, 2017 Cardale Jones, as the third-string quarterback, is of course inactive. Dontrelle Inman will take Williams’ place on the inactives list. Branden Oliver remains sidelined. Jerry Attaochu may as well not even play...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Will Mike Williams Make an Impact in His Debut?

Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Will Mike Williams Make an Impact in His Debut?

Your daily dose of Chargers news & notes from around the web. Chargers, Joey Bosa tasked with making Derek Carr uncomfortable - Eric Williams“It feels like it was yesterday, really,” Bosa said about his first game as a pro. “Time flies. I was just talking to [Brandon] Mebane about maybe when he’d want to retire in the hot tubs. And he was like, ‘Joey, you’ll be looking up at Year 8 like, man, where’s the time gone?’ It’s definitely flying by.” Chargers on Facing Carr and the Raiders - Chargers.com (video)Coach Anthony Lynn and players talk about facing the Raiders on...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Chargers vs. Raiders: Game Time, TV Schedule, Online Streaming and more

Chargers vs. Raiders: Game Time, TV Schedule, Online Streaming and more

It’s an AFC West battle of division rivals and neither team is where they hoped to be when the season started. The Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) are coming off their first win of the season and are traveling to take on the Oakland Raiders (2-3) who have been without their quarterback Derek Carr for a few weeks but are expecting to have him play today. Game time Kickoff is set for Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 1:25 p.m. PT at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA. TV schedule and TV channels CBS Sports will televise the game, which will air in Los Angeles and Orange County on KCBS-TV...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams to make NFL debut today vs. Oakland Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams to make NFL debut today vs. Oakland Raiders

The Chargers’ 2017 1st Round draft pick is finally recovered from the offseason back injury that kept him out of the team’s first 5 games. Mike Williams, drafted out of Clemson by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, is finally recovered from a back injury he suffered in the first day of rookie mini camp and will make his NFL debut against the Oakland Raiders today. Chargers’ 1st-round pick Mike Williams will make his NFL debut Sunday vs Raiders after battling a back injury since off-season, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 15, 2017
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch could torture the Los Angeles Chargers defense today

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch could torture the Los Angeles Chargers defense today

It’s a matchup of strengths and weaknesses in Oakland today when the Chargers take on the Raiders. Good morning! The Los Angeles Chargers travel to Oakland today to take on the future Las Vegas Raiders, who have had trouble getting their offense in gear this year behind a shaky offensive line and a disappointing start to the season for running back Marshawn Lynch. This week on the NFL Network’s Game Theory and Money podcast, hosted by numbers expert Cynthia Frelund and radio play-by-play voice of the Chargers Matt “Money” Smith”, there was a bit of talk about strengths and...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 13, 2017
Chargers vs. Raiders: 5 Questions with the Enemy

Chargers vs. Raiders: 5 Questions with the Enemy

Levi Damien of Silver & Black Pride took the time to answer a few questions for us about the Oakland Raiders. 1. Marshawn Lynch's traditional stats have not been terribly impressive this year, but his advanced stats look pretty good (12th in DYAR and 11th in DVOA). In your opinion, which is more representative of the season he is having? They both are, honestly. Depending on the game. He had two great games early, then looked terrible for two weeks. In those two weeks in Washington and Denver, he was not on the same page with his offensive line at all. He seemed lost at times, didn't trust...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 13, 2017
Philip Rivers to the Jaguars?!?!

Philip Rivers to the Jaguars?!?!

Hold on, what?!?! This is click bait right?? Louis Gorini explains why this idea isn't so absurd and what the compensation should be. I love Philip Rivers. He is perhaps my favorite Chargers player of all time. I admire his leadership, his passion, and his determination. That is why the last couple of years have been extremely rough for me to watch him carry a team ravaged by injuries and depleted by talent to nowhere. I was at the forefront of Rivers defense when fans/analysts would bring up his turnover woes, or his subpar record over the last couple of years. “He has no offensive...
Bolts From The Blue Oct 12, 2017
Is Philip Rivers... Cooked?

Is Philip Rivers... Cooked?

10 throws to show you why Philip Rivers is playing poorly Lost in the Chargers getting their first victory last Sunday was the fact that Philip Rivers played poorly. We are running out of excuses for our beloved quarterback so I raised the question yesterday, is he done? It’s been a rollercoaster season for Rivers. His lows have been alarmingly low. But he’s made the plays that you expect a should-be Hall of Famer to make as well. So when I ask the question and when you see the video of throws below, know that I’m holding him to a gold standard. Against the Giants, his deep touchdown...

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