Bolt Nation Stand Up! A new season is upon us. Sure, It is not easy to predict the outcome of the 2011 season, but I sure am going to try.
The Chargers have some bumps and small potholes on their ‘Road To Lucas Oil Field.’ I know this statement seems to be negative but for the past five years I have heard the same thing over and over. “Chargers are going to the Superbowl this year,” or “We have a Superbowl team this year,” and now Sports Illustrated Sportswriter Peter King chose the Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Chargers to reach the promise land In 2011.
To me, personally, all those statements are the equivalent of arriving on an aircraft carrier in a pilot’s jump suit with a banner saying, “Mission Accomplished!” in the background. This year all we can ask for is a chance to play for that Lombardi trophy in February. Lucas Oil Field, I hope to see you later this season.
The first major speed bump for San Diego will be facing off against the New England Patriots in week two of the regular season. After a couple of preseason games, the Pats are looking to get back to the playoffs with a deadly passing attack and an efficient run scheme to form what most of us Charger fans desire – a complete offense. A true test for the Chargers’ defense. One of the “Must Watch” games of the season for San Diego.
The second major bump comes in a tacky green uniform. Of course, I am talking about the New York Jets. A team that has made moves that seem to be invincible on paper. Even though Jets did not seem too impressive or dominant in their preseason, we should not be fooled. This team is plenty capable of winning big close games with that infamous stingy defense from Rex Ryan. The Chargers know this is going to be a big game since both teams are more than likely playoff contenders. Charger Faithfuls, we all know that the “Green Kool-aid” does not taste good, so do not drink it.
The third big obstacle is the defending Superbowl Champs – the Green Bay Packers in week nine. Looking back at the success Aaron Rodgers had in the post-season, you have to assume they can run the table at any time with that passing attack they got up there in Green Bay. Especially late in the season when the Packers seem to thrive and have no problem in making another championship run.
Finally, we must deal with the annoying potholes in the road. I consider our division rivals to be these unexpected annoyances. The Bolts must remember these games bring out the beast in players, not to mention the crowd. These teams have aggressive fans and add extra decibels to the house noise (i.e., Arrowhead), making it difficult to win on the road. The Bolts missing the post season and losing twice to Oakland was a major defeat last year. That felt a bit worse than not going to the playoffs. But there is still light at the end of the tunnel. The Broncos and the Raiders continues with their personnel problems at quarterback amongst other positions. The Chiefs, you ask, well let us say they will not win this season because of our special teams. I think Chargers will make them look average in 2011. With small and stupid mistakes eliminated – fingers crossed – I predict at the most, we may lose no more than one out of six division games.
So, it is looking like a 13-3 or 12-4 regular season with the Chargers. The Lightning Strike will be sitting comfortably in a 2nd or 3rd Seed Playoff spot. Yeah, that sounds about right. Heaven hear me.
Bolt Nation! Here at Rock The Bolt, we want to know your thoughts on the schedule and what your predictions are for the 2011 Chargers season. So speak up, Bolt Up or shut up!