By Dave Thomas
With six games remaining in their season, the San Diego Chargers can only hope to finish strong and go into the 2016 campaign (wherever the franchise may be) with some momentum.
In what has to be labeled nothing short of a disappointing season to date, San Diego (2-8, last AFC West) heads into Jacksonville (4-6, 3rd AFC South) to meet a Jags squad that has some talent, but has not always transferred that onto the field at times.
So, what can San Diego do to snap its horrid six-game losing streak and head into a December/January slate (five games) that finds the Bolts playing four of those five contests within the AFC West?
Bolts Must Focus On Four Quarters
One of the biggest failures on the part of San Diego this season has been its inability to play a full 60 minutes of action.
Whether they have had the lead or tried to rally in the fourth quarter, the Chargers have self-destructed on a number of occasions in the final 15 minutes of play. That was not the case, however, when San Diego played poorly in all three aspects of the game in last Sunday’s 33-3 defeat at home to Kansas City. In what could clearly be deemed the team’s worst defeat of the season, San Diego self-destructed at just about every turn, leaving the home crowd more than a little flustered.
In order to win its third game of the season, San Diego will need to get out early and finish strong.
As of late week, veteran tight end Antonio Gates (hip) is expected to play. Meanwhile, inside linebacker Manti Te’o (ankle), free safety Eric Weddle (groin), offensive linemen King Dunlap (ankle), and D.J. Fluker (concussion) are question marks given their respective injuries.
For the Chargers, a win this Sunday would give them momentum before kicking off a December slate which includes home games with Denver and Miami, along with visits to Kansas City and Oakland (Christmas Eve).
For the Chargers, a loss this Sunday would be yet another nail in the coffin of what has already been a season of disappointment, frustration amongst players and coaches, and missed opportunities.
Jahleel Addae, strong safety (concussion);
Antonio Gates, tight end (hip).
King Dunlap, tackle (ankle);
Malcom Floyd, wide receiver (shoulder);
D.J. Fluker, offensive guard (concussion);
Ladarius Green, tight end (ankle);
Sean Lissemore, nose tackle (concussion);
Corey Liuget, defensive end (foot);
Manti Te’o, linebacker (ankle).
Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on Examiner.com.