Los Angeles Chargers: 4 bold predictions for Week 6 vs. Ravens
The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL through week 5. A 4-1 record puts them atop of the AFC West, which turns out isn’t as dominant as we originally thought. The Chargers travel to Baltimore for a matchup with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on Sunday. It’s time to make our Chargers Week 6 predictions in what will be a great battle to watch.
Last week, the Chargers scored a massive 47 points in an all-out war against the Cleveland Browns. Neither side’s defense could stop the opposing game plan. The Chargers were able to utilize the pass-game any way they wanted against the Browns’ secondary, while Clevelands’ running game dominated the Chargers with over 200 rushing yards. This week’s matchup against the Ravens could turn out very similar.
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Los Angeles Chargers Week 6 Predictions
4. Derwin James and the Chargers defense shut down the passing game
The Bolts aren’t happy with their defensive performance against the Browns. They didn’t force a single turnover and allowed 42 points. This week, they will turn it around and shut down the passing game. Lamar Jackson is playing out of his mind right now and will be difficult to stop. He can escape the pocket better than anyone in the league and can easily rush for close to a hundred yards. The secondary will have tough matchups against Mark Andrews and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. They will force Jackson to make difficult decisions when attempting a pass.
The Chargers’ defensive line did a great job of getting to Jackson in their last matchup in the playoffs a few years back. A lot has changed, but if they can repeat that and sack Lamar then that should force long passing situations.
3. Keenan Allen scores multiple touchdowns
Keenan Allen is having another solid start to a season through week 5. Mike Williams is scoring all the touchdowns, but Allen is certainly establishing himself once again. His route running is so elite that all Herbert needs to do is throw the ball in the vicinity. In what would usually be a smaller window is a wider window when throwing toward Allen.
This is going to be a favorable matchup for Allen. Since he can play in the slot as well as outside, this will force the Ravens’ star corner Marlon Humphrey to cover Williams a majority of the time. Herbert and the Chargers’ offense will continue to play well, and this will result in a multiple touchdown game from Allen.
2. Austin Ekeler finishes with over 100 all-purpose yards
The undrafted star out of Division II Western Colorado is turning into one of the best running backs in the league. He continues to be a threat in the run game as well as the passing game. Ekeler catches multiple passes from Herbert each game, and not all of them are dump-offs and screens. He can actually run routes from the outside, and there isn’t a linebacker in the league who can stop him.
This week he will continue his hot run and finish with over 100 yards. He has only rushed for 100 yards once this season, so it will also take a couple of catch-and-runs for him to do it. Ekeler will likely find the endzone again as he has scored six in his last three games.
1. A Chargers Week 6 win after a thrilling finish
This is going to be an electrifying game. Two 4-1 teams going head-to-head should be on Sunday night football, but instead, it will settle for an afternoon game. Lamar and the Ravens proved they can come back from multiple score leads and win the game. LA is a great first-half team, so it will likely be a similar result.
The fans are going to want to see a high-scoring game. They will likely get their wish because these two offenses are rolling and are almost impossible to stop right now. The Chargers will find a way to win, however. All eyes will be on Herbert, Ekeler, Allen, and Williams down the stretch of the game. It’s probably going to come down to who has the ball last, and if the Chargers control the possession, they should escape Baltimore with a win.