COSTA MESA, Calif. — To be the finest, you have to defeat the finest, and Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon succinctly summed up his team’s solution to this offseason on social media this week.
Ight now back to hating NE …. bolt up
— F L ⚡️ S H (@Melvingordon25) February 4, 2019
In the course of the Pro Bowl, Gordon reported he wanted the New England Patriots to defeat the Los Angeles Rams because he couldn’t have his crosstown rivals successful the Tremendous Bowl.
With Gordon’s wish granted following a 13-3 Patriots victory more than the Rams on Sunday, New England has gained 6 Tremendous Bowls in 18 several years even though taking part in in the AFC Championship Video game the last eight several years.
If Gordon and the rest of his teammates want to attain the Tremendous Bowl up coming time, they most likely have to go by way of the Patriots.
Previous calendar year at this time, the concentrate for L.A. all through the offseason was figuring out how to defeat their AFC West rivals, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
And even though the Chiefs gained their 3rd straight division title below the assistance of NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, the Chargers managed to defeat the Chiefs in Kansas Metropolis for the very first time because 2014.
But the Patriots ruined the Chargers in New England in the AFC divisional spherical of the playoffs. The Patriots led 38-7 midway by way of the 3rd quarter.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn reported he and his coaching workers watched the disheartening reduction on the way back property from New England, but will do a much further dive this offseason following coaching in the Pro Bowl last thirty day period.
“You have to assess that movie,” Lynn reported. “My goodness, if you set by yourself in that posture and you really don’t thrive, you much better study one thing — you much better get one thing out of it.
“That’s what we want to do. We will figure out precisely what they did to us. … I really don’t think you can just go engage in a sport like that and be the very same.”
At the top of the listing for the Chargers will be adding more depth at the second degree defensively.
Starting linebackers Denzel Perryman, Jatavis Brown and Kyzir White all finished on injured reserve last time, which intended the Chargers at occasions experienced to use a protection with 7 defensive backs.
Even though successful in bottling up Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens‘ operate-oriented attack, working with 7 defensive backs did not serve nicely in opposition to a New England offense that racked up 155 yards on the floor.
The Chargers also have to figure out a way to shut down gifted slot receiver Julian Edelman and be more physical running the football to handle time of possession.
Edelman experienced nine catches for 151 obtaining yards in his playoff gain more than the Chargers.
“We knew what they ended up likely to do,” Chargers defensive conclusion Joey Bosa reported. “We knew Tom [Brady] was likely to get the ball out rapid. We ended up out of our gaps in the operate sport. We ended up a minor much better in the second 50 percent. I am proud of our protection and the way we fought in the second 50 percent. No one laid down. It’s a issue of execution.”
The Chargers also have to continue to be in the sport extensive enough to take benefit of their gifted running backs. They experienced to give up on the operate in opposition to the Patriots because they ended up shedding by so much so early and managed 19 hurrying yards for the sport.
Home-subject benefit would enable, also. In accordance to ESPN Stats & Details Exploration, from 2013 to 2017 nine of the 10 No. 1 seeds in the AFC or NFC reached the Tremendous Bowl, so securing property-subject benefit is critical to playoff accomplishment.
And even even though quarterback Philip Rivers is -8 in opposition to the Patriots, which include -3 in the postseason, he sees rationale for optimism.
“I really don’t think we’re that much off,” Rivers reported. “I think it goes to clearly show that it really is a significant offer to gain the division, engage in at property and be the No. 1 seed.”
The Chargers opened as 14-1 favorites at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to gain the Tremendous Bowl up coming time.