Monday, January 18, 2021

Los Angeles Chargers (H) – Our Predictions

Tua Time has begun in Miami, the Dolphins are 2-0 with rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa at the helm. They welcome fellow rookie QB, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers to Hard Rock Stadium for one of the best uniform matches around, it’s the Chargers’ powder blue and yellow pants vs our all-white throwbacks.

This Josh Boyer and Brian Flores defense is real, it’s produced one or more turnovers for the last 14 games straight and has one this team many close matchups in that period. Last week was the same, that Emmanuel Ogbah forced fumble recovered for a TD set the win up, relieving pressure on Tua and the offense.

Tua stepped up massively last weekend, using his legs a lot more, heck Chan Gailey even threw a read option in there. He showed his Drew Brees like zip and accuracy and led the team to a 4th Quarter comeback.

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Shane – I think this will be a one-score game and really could go either way. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are no joke and should really test our secondary. Raekwon Davis and Zach Sieler will see a lot of work with Wilkins missing and keeping them off the field as much as possible could be key.

Outside runs could set a path to a Dolphins victory as the Chargers have struggled with that, notably against the Raiders. I just don’t have confidence in the Dolphins rushing game at the minute though and for that reason, I’ll go with the Chargers to sneak the upset victory. Los Angeles Chargers 27 Miami Dolphins 24.

Jay – I don’t think that this is an easy game to come into. LAC have been playing some great football and they’re due a win. We’ve got a few injuries to deal with but I feel a lot more confident knowing Van Noy will be taking to the field. It will be interesting to see who they elevate to the WR2 position and how many snaps the newer guys get.

Overall I think the defense will do its thing, and Tua’s accuracy will once again shine through. Los Angeles Chargers 24 Miami Dolphins 30

Rich – Once again, the Dolphins are playing against strong opposition. The Chargers have been unlucky not to win more games and could easily be at 0.500 or better if things had gone a little differently. Their roster probably has more talent than the Dolphins and they have a QB who is leading the race for rookie of the year. But once again, I come back to trusting the process and trusting our Head Coach to get things done.

Sep 29, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores looks on against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

They always have a plan for their opposition and it feels like the Dolphins are gathering confidence and momentum at just the right time. Tua will find receivers with his accuracy and the defense might just come up with enough stops and big plays to swing this game in our favour. Dolphins win this by two scores. Los Angeles Chargers 23, Miami Dolphins 32.

Andy – This is the first time I’ve come into a game since the Jets win, feeling Miami are favourites. As good as Justin Herbert has been, I feel that the Dolphins will have enough. With Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa not playing, this will allow Tua to perform at his best. The Chargers keep finding ways to lose and I think they will continue this trend against the Fins.

I think the Dolphins will win, let’s go for Los Angeles Chargers 17 Miami Dolphins 23

Gareth – I think this has the potential to be a trap game. The Chargers have lost a few really close games, and we are coming off a really impressive win. That being said you are as good as your record says you are. There’s a reason why the Chargers keep losing close games and they most probably have a better roster than us, well at least on the OL and the WR’s room. Are they lacking on ST? or is it coaching? Those two factors normally play into close games and that’s something that we do have, good ST and coaching.

Their strength plays into our strength. I don’t think Herbert will have his way with our secondary this week. Xavien Howard and Byron Jones will want to prove themselves after last week. Also, it’ll be interesting to see how the Chargers deal with the blitz. That being said they’ve played some good teams like the Bucs, Saints, Chiefs, and Raiders, and kept those games close.

On defense, they are missing one of the game’s premier pass rushers (Joey Bosa), which will give Tua more time. Their secondary is no joke, that being said it might be a game to establish the run. Ahmed and Washington are Unknowns. Even our WR’s are unknown, Callaway has proven to be an NFL player, Hollins has a chance to prove he belongs and the 2 rookies could be involved more. Quite exciting to see these new weapons. Ahmed seemed very promising last week.

I think Herbert will have an equal amount of big plays and giveaways. Our defense and it’s takeaways will win it for us. Tua won’t have the stats of Herbert but he’ll be more efficient. I don’t think we’ll lose, as coach Flores will stop us from becoming complacent. The defensive game plan will be to confuse Herbert. My Prediction is Los Angeles Chargers 14-24 Miami Dolphins.

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Nov 8, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) breaks the tackle of Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden (44) and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy (33) during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Me – This is a weird season, I come into every game expecting us to lose and then we don’t. Every single game on this winning run, bar the Jets one I’ve expected us to lose and we haven’t, it’s such a weird feeling. I’m probably Tua’s biggest fan, he’s been my guy since his first snap of Alabama football, similar to what fellow Samoan DJ Uiagalelei has been doing for Clemson. That dude is a real talent.

Enough of college ball, let’s preview this matchup. Herbert has been unreal, he’s probably had one of the best rookie campaigns ever and is favourite to win OROY on honours night. But then again, I think Tua and Joe Burrow would do the same with Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Mike Williams at their disposal.

The Los Angeles Chargers scare me, and yes I understand why we’re favourites but I don’t think we’ll win this. The Dolphins are incredibly thin on offense, and may not be able to compete in a shootout like most LAC games have been. I hope I’m wrong, like I have been 3 times already this season but don’t think that will be the case. Los Angeles Chargers 27-21 Miami Dolphins.

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