There are going to be a lot of names on the field this Sunday for the Chargers that fans may not be used to. Sadly, no team should be having preseason type position competitions at this point in the season.
If you don’t look at the IR list, then the Chargers are rather healthy. They’re without a ton of huge names and expensive talent, but they’re “healthy.”
San Diego will probably give it one last fighting effort this weekend as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. If a loss comes this week though, they’ve really got to consider shutting down some players and not letting their injuries get worse.
San Diego doesn’t have much of a chance of making the playoffs this season, and with the injuries mounting up, even one more victory is seeming out of reach.
San Diego has a number of key players nursing injuries, and this just isn’t the time to have to deal with them as the strong Ravens are coming to town.
So, as the two get set to meet Sunday afternoon in the Mile High City, essentially the season is on the line for the Chargers, who limp into Denver losers of four of their last five games.
Along with some physical injuries that the Bolts are dealing with, getting healthy mentally is also key.
Yes, the Chargers have had some injuries here and there, but by no means any worse than any other team around the NFL through two months of play.
Not having met the Browns since 2009, the Chargers come into Northern Ohio with much to prove and little room for error.
The most notable of the injuries is kicker Nate Kaeding, missing the last three games due to a groin injury suffered last month, as the Bolts prepared to play at Kansas City.
Lastly, can the home crowd prove beneficial for the Chargers? Keep in mind that AFC West rivals Denver, Oakland and Kansas City are usually well represented when playing in San Diego. If the game is tight down the stretch, some home cooking for the Chargers from their fans could spell the difference.
With the different story lines that will be in play Sunday night in the Superdome, the Chargers will at least go into the contest relatively healthy.
San Diego (2-1), which got taken behind the woodshed a weekend ago in a 27-3 loss at home to Atlanta, looks to rebound against a Chiefs squad that may have saved its season in last weekend’s overtime victory in New Orleans.
For the Chargers, stopping Atlanta’s high-powered passing attack will be the top priority, especially with the Falcon ground game only churning out 75.5 yards per game the first two weeks of play.
While starting running back Ryan Mathews has been sidelined since breaking his clavicle in the preseason opener versus Green Bay just over a month ago, word comes that Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates is not 100 percent for the match up with the Titans.