Just a quarter of a season to go the Los Angeles Chargers find themselves in a situation to position themselves for a postseason run heading into Week 14 — all after an 0-4 start to the season.
“We have certainly come a long way from 0-4,” Philip Rivers said after last week’s win over Cleveland. “We dug ourselves just back to above ground. It was a deep hole. We still have work to do, though. But it is exciting to know that now there are three teams at 6-6 in the division with four games to play. If somebody had said, ‘Hey look, you’re going to be knotted up with Kansas City and Oakland with four games to play to win the AFC West’ in May, you can take it or play the season out, we would probably take it.”
Let’s take a look at a few points of focus heading into this weekend’s matchup against the Washington Redskins.
Redskins vs Pacific Coast Teams
Washington has actually been pretty, pretty good when traveling cross-country for a matchup, going 2-0 so far this season in the Pacific time zone. They recorded a 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, and a 17-14 win over Seattle in Week 9.
Their other two matchups against Pacific time zone teams — Oakland and San Francisco at home — also ended in wins. The Redskins won 30-24 in overtime the last time these two sides met (Nov. 3, 2013).
The Chargers opened as 6-point favorites at home, with the total set at 46.
Leading the Way on Offense
RB Melvin Gordon has been on a tear this season, entering Week 14 with 775 rushing yards on 207 carries to go along with 5 TDs. Amongst the receiving corps, Keenan Allen leads the way with 1,032 yards on 77 receptions for 5 TDs.
According to AccuScore — an industry leader in game forecasting — projects Gordon to finish Sunday’s matchup with 75 yards on 17 carries, averaging 0.5 TDs per sim. Good chance he finds the end zone against the Redskins.
Allen is projected to finish with 54 yards on 5 receptions. It’s actually Hunter Henry who averages an eye-catching 0.6 TDs per sim for 60 yards on 4 receptions.
Making a Difference on D
Safety Jahleel Addae has been a huge difference-maker for the Chargers with a team-high 81 tackles (57 solo) through 12 games.
Defensive end Joey Bosa has a team-high 11.5 sacks, while safety Tre Boston and cornerback Casey Hayward are tied for most interceptions (four).
The Chargers defense is projected to force one takeaway Sunday, with an even probability of a pick or a recovered fumble.
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