The Chargers are going on the road to face another bad team this week. Once again, this game is less about their opponent than about the Chargers' own psychological make up. We know Rivers and the offense can move the ball up and down the field and score points. We know the defense can contain rookie QB Sam Bradford and running back Steven Jackson. What we don't know is if the Chargers can avoid crucial mental errors on special teams and fumbles.
If San Diego can hold onto the ball and not give up huge plays on special teams, they will win. If they don't, they will lose again, throwing this team into further turmoil that could jeopardize this entire season.
The Chargers need one solid game in all phases of special teams to begin to build confidence that they can be consistent throughout the season. If they can get this thing figured out, they might just go on another huge run and enter the playoffs as one of the top teams in the AFC.
We'll find out this week if special teams coach Steve Crosby is capable of fixing this thing or if we are just "being silly" by expecting more out of the San Diego Chargers this season.
I may be foolish, but once again (even though they didn't fire Steve Crosby) they will figure it out enough to win.
Chargers 24, Rams 20