Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL through Week 5. A 4-1 record puts them on top of AFC West, which turns out not to be as dominant as we originally thought. 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 big match to watch.

Last week, the Chargers scored a massive 47 points in an all-out war against the Cleveland Browns. None of the side’s defenses could stop the opposing game plan. The Chargers were able to capitalize on the pass game as they pleased against the Browns secondary, while the Clevelands’ running game dominated the Chargers with over 200 rushing yards. This week’s match against the Ravens can be very similar.

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Los Angeles Chargers Week 6 Predictions

4. Derwin James and the Chargers defense closed the pass

The Bolts are not happy with their defensive performance against the Browns. They did not 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 head right now and will be hard to stop. He can slip out of his pocket better than anyone in the league and can easily rush 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 final matchup in the playoffs a few years back. Much has changed, but if they can repeat it and dismiss Lamar, it should force long transient situations.

3. Keenan Allen scores several touchdowns

Keenan Allen gets another solid start to a season through Week 5. Mike Williams scores all touchdowns, but Allen is definitely establishing himself again. His route is so elite that all Herbert has to do is throw the ball nearby. In what would normally be a smaller window is a wider window when throwing at Allen.

This will be a favorable matchup for Allen. Since he can play in the slot machine as well as outside, this will force Raven’s star cornerback Marlon Humphrey to cover Williams a majority of the time. Herbert and Chargers’ offense will continue to play well, and this will result in a multiple touchdown play from Allen.

2. Austin Ekeler finishes with over 100 universal yards

The undefeated star from Division II Western Colorado is becoming one of the best running backs in the league. He remains a threat in the running game as well as in the passing game. Ekeler captures multiple passes from Herbert each game, and not all are dump-offs and screens. He can actually run routes from the outside and there is not a linebacker in the league who can stop him.

This week, he continues his hot run and finishes with over 100 yards. He has only rushed to 100 yards once this season, so it will also take a few catch-and-runs for him to do so. Ekeler will likely find the end zone again as he has scored six in his last three games.

1. A Chargers Week 6 victory after an exciting finish

This is going to be an electrifying game. Two 4-1 teams that were to stand head-to-head were supposed to be Sunday night football, but instead it will settle for an afternoon match. Lamar and Ravens proved they can come back from more scoring leads and win the game. LA is a good team in the first half, so it will probably be a similar result.

Fans will see a game with high scores. They will probably get their wish because these two offenses are rolling and are almost impossible to stop right now. Chargers, however, find a way to win. All eyes will be on Herbert, Ekeler, Allen and Williams down the game. It’s probably going to come down to who has the ball last, and if the Chargers control possession, they should escape Baltimore with a win.

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