3 Bold Predictions for San Diego Chargers' Week 6 Matchup
In Week 5, the San Diego Chargers were finally beaten. Yes, they're 2-3, but in their Week 1 and Week 3 matchups, the Chargers lost the game themselves. They could possibly be 4-1. Last week's game was a complete disaster. The Oakland Raiders dominated the Bolts from the second the game started.
It was the worst game I have ever seen the San Diego Chargers play. I cannot recall the last time they've played that awful.
This week, the Chargers will face the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. They have already played once on Monday night, to open the season. Let's just hope this one goes a little better.
The Colts are coming off a huge win against the Seattle Seahawks and are 4-1 on the season. Andrew Luck is having a phenomenal season, pacing behind, far if I might add, Peyton Manning in the MVP race. Nonetheless, he's a dangerous quarterback, and the Chargers secondary has been incredibly bad.
Here are a few predictions for the Chargers in Week 6.
Danny Woodhead Will Have 100-Plus Total Yards
Danny Woodhead has been a great addition to the Chargers this season. Woodhead is on pace for 99 catches, 704 yards and nine touchdowns. He has become Philip Rivers' favorite target other than Antonio Gates and the coaches' favorite weapon to use.
He may be being used too much, with teams realizing how to stop him. San Diego continues to run draw plays up the middle to Woodhead, a page taken out of Norv Turner's playbook, and it's simply not working as effectively as they've imagined.
This week, Woodhead is going up against a Colts defense that ranks 30th in the league in rushing yards allowed and sixth in the league in passing yards allowed. This is the perfect matchup for Woodhead.
Expect around 10 to 15 carries for Woodhead with Ryan Mathews dealing with a concussion. He should get about seven to 10 catches as well. Start him in your points-per-reception fantasy leagues.
Andrew Luck Will Torch the Chargers Secondary
In Week 1, Matt Schaub threw for 346 yards against the Chargers. In Week 2, it was Michael Vick with a big day, throwing for 428 yards. In Week 3, it was Jake Locker's turn, throwing for 299 yards. Last week, Terrelle Pryor had his best game of his career, totaling 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Bad news for the Chargers is that Luck is better than every one of those quarterbacks. Luck, with Trent Richardson now behind him, is averaging 229 yards per game. Luck is also getting it done on the ground. He has 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns. His versatility is going to give San Diego a lot of problems. With both Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton averaging over 10 yards a catch, Derek Cox and Richard Marshall better be prepared.
Prediction: 325 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 50 rushing yards, 1 touchdown.
Chargers Win in a Shootout
Both Luck and Rivers are going to have a great game this Monday. With each player on fire to start the season, Monday Night Football should be an offensive powerhouse.
If the Chargers continue to give Rivers time, he will continue to break down defenses and give the team a chance of winning. With the defense playing so poorly, Rivers has an increased pressure to keep the Bolts in games. He's already lost his top two receivers and has recently been missing almost his entire front line. He is truly having one of the best years of his career.
On the other side of Monday night, so is Luck. As mentioned in the previous slide, Luck has been dominant all over the field. He has more weapons and a much better offensive line than Rivers, but they're both performing at the same level.
Expect very few punts and a lot of yards and touchdowns.
Prediction: Chargers win, 38-34