Inconsistent Chargers Ready for Challenge of Upstart Lions

The Los Angeles Chargers have become the NFL’s head-scratching team over the past few seasons. People expect a lot from the Chargers because they have a talented young quarterback in Justin Herbert. When Los Angeles opened this season 0-2, current sports news had many analysts thinking the Chargers may be set to fire their head coach.

But the Chargers have once again battled back to respectability. Los Angeles evened its record at 4-4 after beating the Jets 27-6 last week. The Chargers were energized from the outset when Derius Davis returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown less than two minutes into the game. With Herbert nursing a finger injury, any offense Los Angeles could generate outside of him was significant.

Getting past the Lions won’t be easy for the Chargers. Detroit is 6-2 and a legitimate contender for the division title for the first time in 30 years. The Lions have shot first in the NFC North by riding an explosive offense. Detroit averages 25 points per game and is second in the league in average total yards per game.

This should be an outstanding matchup between two playoff hopefuls with a strong offense. There are plenty of compelling matchups across the NFL in Week 10.

 

Burrow, Stroud Set for Top Quarterback Battle

 

The Houston Texans aren’t the pushover many thought they may be before the season. While the Texans aren’t legitimate Super Bowl contenders either, Black sports news shows rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has given them hope for the future. During Houston’s 39-33 win over Tampa Bay last Sunday, Stroud finished with a career-high 490 passing yards and threw five touchdowns.

Stroud’s most important touchdown pass came with 10 seconds remaining. Tampa Bay had fought back to take the lead just 36 seconds earlier. Houston is off to a 4-4 start and would only need one more win to have its most victories in a season since 2019.

Cincinnati was a team that had gone in the opposite direction. The Bengals were supposed to be good but started the season 0-2. However, Cincinnati has begun to heat up as quarterback Joe Burrow has recovered from an injury he sustained in the offseason. 

Cincinnati has won four straight games and is now tied for second place in the AFC North with Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Bengals would love to knock Houston back down to Earth and put pressure on Baltimore for first place.

 

Will Watson Take Cleveland to the Next Level?

 

 

No one can say the Browns weren’t patient with Deshaun Watson. Cleveland took a chance by handing him the richest guaranteed contract in league history before they knew how long he would be suspended for his legal issues. The Browns ended up being without Watson for 10 games last season.

The Browns hoped that patience would be rewarded this season. Cleveland is happy to be off to a 5-3 start, but Watson has only appeared in five games this season due to various injuries. The Browns believe he’ll be ready for their rivalry game with Baltimore on Sunday.

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowler, may have had his best season performance against Arizona last week. Watson threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions in a 27-0 win. Baltimore won’t be an easy task for Cleveland. The Ravens have won four straight games and now have a two-game lead over the pack in the division. 

Baltimore’s offense struggled in the early part of the season adapting to a new offensive coordinator. However, the Ravens’ wide receiver seemed to have figured things out. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson has been playing well, throwing for 1,954 yards with nine touchdowns.

 

49ers Ready to Get Back to Work

 

 

San Francisco looked like world beaters five weeks into the season. Then the 49ers lost their magic, dropping three consecutive games to limp into the bye week. With running back Christian McCaffrey being slowed by an injury, there may be more pressure on Brock Purdy this week against Jacksonville to turn in a good performance.

While an oblique injury has slowed McCaffrey, he isn’t expected to miss any time as of yet. What San Francisco hopes to see is better play from Purdy, who has looked as comfortable during San Francisco’s losing streak.

The Jaguars demonstrated last season that with coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville is an up-and-coming franchise. The Jaguars’ results so far this season have more than proven that theory. Jacksonville is off to a 6-2 start and has already scored a few key victories over other contenders. 

 

Minshew Keeps the Colts Competitive

 

Indianapolis signed veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew in the offseason to mentor rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson. Richardson was having a promising rookie season before he got sidetracked by injury. Now, Minshew is trying to keep Indianapolis in the playoff race when the Colts head to New England on Sunday.

Minshew did an excellent job of managing the game last week against Carolina. The Colts leaned on the running game, and Minshew didn’t turn the ball over, helping Indianapolis pick up a 14-point win. How the Colts won may be something their opponent this weekend, the New England Patriots, could learn from. 

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has had a rough start to the season. Jones passed for 220 yards but threw a critical interception in New England’s loss to the Washington Commanders last week. Turnovers have been an unfortunate struggle for Jones during his career.

Jones has thrown nine interceptions this season. It hasn’t been an easy season overall for the Patriots, who have a 2-7 record and have fallen into the basement in the AFC East. If New England could win this game, that would put pressure on the Colts as the back half of the schedule starts.

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