The Chargers Are Shocking The World

The Chargers Are Shocking The World

After a sluggish start, L.A.'s newest team has Super Bowl aspirations.
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The Los Angeles Chargers are lighting up the NFL, and every week they get closer and closer to locking up their ticket to the playoffs. However, the most shocking factor in the Chargers improbable run is that after an abysmal 0-4 start to the season, L.A. could actually end the season with an unthinkable result: a Super Bowl championship.

When last season ended, the controversial decision to move the Chargers out of their long-time home of San Diego to a new location just outside of Los Angeles stirred the hearts of many fans. The Chargers’ front office had betrayed their fanbase in a move that was the result of a clear-cut money grab that even the greediest of owners would shake their heads in disbelief at.

In fact, when the Chargers lost 3 of their first 4 games in the NFL’s smallest stadium, the idea of moving the Chargers back to San Diego was not too far fetched.

However, in Week 5 of the 2017 season, the Chargers traveled to New York to play one of the only other 0-4 teams in the league, the Giants. After a convincing win over New York, the Chargers became hell-bent on turning their season around and becoming the 2nd team in history to make the playoffs after starting the season with four consecutive losses. Now, with the playoffs only 3 weeks away, the Chargers are in a prime position to take home a division title and secure a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Over the span of their last 9 games, the Chargers have managed to win 7 and currently find themselves in a deadlocked tie with Kansas City for first place in the AFC West. The Chargers and Chiefs will break that tie this upcoming Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, with the winner most likely securing the AFC West title.

However, with the way the Chargers have been surging, it only makes sense for them to come out on top next week. Los Angeles has the perfect opportunity to drive the final nail into the rest of the West as they play a Chiefs team that has lost 4 of their last 5 games on Saturday and a mediocre Jets team the following Sunday. The Jets will be forced to play without their starting Quarterback, Josh McCown, who broke his left hand during Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Broncos. The Chargers will finish the regular season at home against the Raiders, a team that has struggled to find their footing all season, and will most likely be missing star receiver Amari Cooper after he suffered an ankle injury on Sunday during Oakland’s 26-15 loss to the Chiefs.

All three of these games are incredibly winnable for Los Angeles, as they will continue to make their playoff push and look to secure a division title within the coming weeks. The Chargers’ stars are certainly shining bright, as well, as Quarterback Philip Rivers has posted 300 passing yards in 3 consecutive games, while Wide Receiver Keenan Allen has surpassed the 100 receiving yards for the fourth consecutive game, a feat no Charger has ever accomplished before. If Rivers and Allen can keep up this level of production, they would unquestionably become the most proficient QB/WR duo in the league, surpassing Atlanta’s combination of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, and even surpassing Pittsburgh’s legendary combination of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.

It is obvious that the Chargers will ride their wave to the playoffs through the passing game, as Keenan Allen, Tight End Hunter Henry, and even Running Back Melvin Gordon all provide Rivers with viable threats downfield as the Chargers will look to pummel their opponents through the air. Los Angeles demonstrated this deadly passing game on Sunday as Josh Norman and the Redskins defense had no answer for Rivers and the Chargers, as L.A came out on top with a convincing 30-13 victory over Washington.

Victories like these will continue to pile up if the Chargers keep playing at this pace, and a playoff berth seems imminent for the Bolts. However, L.A might not be a team destined for an early exit, like many people would seem to believe.

The Chargers’ main strength is their passing game. The more they throw the ball, the better their chances of winning are. In order to reach the Super Bowl, the Chargers would most likely have to play the New England Patriots, whose main weakness this season has been their defense against the pass. In fact, the Patriots shockingly find themselves 29th in the league when it comes to their defensive play against opposing Quarterbacks. New England’s star corner and Super Bowl 49 hero, Malcolm Butler, has been a non-entity for the Patriots, and their weak defense against opposing air games has made life just a little bit more difficult for Quarterback Tom Brady and the rest of the New England offense. The Chargers would also find favorable matchups against the Ravens, who are missing their star Cornerback, Jimmy Smith, and even the Steelers, who have given up 20 points in three consecutive games.

However, the road to the Super Bowl absolutely runs through New England, but the Chargers still have at least a month before they can even think about a meeting with Brady for an AFC title. For now, they can at least find solace in the fact after an abysmal start to the season, they control their own destiny, and have a chance to become the second team ever to reach the playoffs after an 0-4 start.

That other team? The 1992 San Diego Chargers.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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