The San Diego Chargers stayed quiet at the NFL trade deadline despite having plenty of time to weigh their options while on the bye week. These Bolts believe their current configuration offers them the best chance at success heading into the stretch run, and it’s hard to blame them for that belief.
This team has already overcome several obstacles that their previous incarnations were unable to summit, but the challenges have only begun for this Chargers team looking to make a serious playoff push. Week 9 will offer yet another road test across time zones in the nation’s capital against the Washington Redskins in yet another battle where containing a mobile quarterback will be paramount. If this story sounds familiar that’s because the Chargers faced a similar task when they headed east in Week 2 to battle the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick. These types of circumstances would surely befuddle the Bolts of old under the direction of former coach Norv Turner but not this new and improved Mike McCoy version.
Adverse circumstances have been the norm for these Bolts starting way back in May at the team’s minicamp. The Chargers lost pass rusher Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL at that juncture, and the pain certainly didn’t stop there. The Bolts have gone on to lose wide receiver Danario Alexander to a torn ACL of his own in training camp, rookie corner Steve Williams to the same injury in the preseason, and veteran wideout Malcom Floyd to a scary neck injury in Week 2. A bevy of injuries along the offensive line have forced the team to dig deep down the depth chart to put together a mix group of players in front of Philip Rivers, but not even that has stopped these Chargers.
It’s hard to imagine Robert Griffin III and a Redskins team that has really struggled to find itself this season can get in the way of the momentum the Bolts have been riding. Although the bye has a tendency to work against teams riding a wave of success, the Chargers should be able to buck that trend and continue their upward trajectory even after a brief hiatus.
The Redskins have given up a generous 86 points in their past two games, and the Bolts have surrendered just five field goals total in their past 120 minutes of game action. This game appears to be a matchup for San Diego to feast on. Look for the Chargers to keep on keeping on when it comes to conquering adverse circumstances as another meeting with a speedy signal caller won’t derail this train of momentum on the side of the lightning bolts.