Monday, May 16, 2022

Vikings Chargers: Close Encounters of Nail Biters

In the NFL standings, the Chargers (5-3) are two games better than Minnesota (3-5).

In a league where there is deception, you cannot even trust the standings.

“You can’t really look at someone else’s tapes,” said Austin Ekeler the Runner. “You have to say, ‘Hey, this will be another NFL team. They will play as hard as we do. ” There are no easy wins in the NFL. “

Quite right. It is also very true that there are no easy losses for the Chargers and Vikings this season.

With the exception of the Chargers 34-6 no-show in Baltimore last month, these teams have lived on some of the smallest margins in the league.

Average final Chargers score: 25.1-24.9. Average final score of the Vikings: 24.3-23.9. The Chargers lost two points to their rivals. The Vikings were ahead of their rivals by three.

So on Sunday at SoFi Stadium, the two are going to spend most of the day, separated by a little more than the width of the scrum line.

After all, with the last seconds in mind, this prospect could be beneficial to Chargers. They have 4-2 in games with one score, and the Vikings have 2-5.

Last weekend, the Chargers dominated the final minutes, securing an away win away from Philadelphia. The Vikings broke away from the lead in the second half with two touchdowns and lost in overtime to Baltimore.

“You know it’s now or never,” said Chargers rookie left tackle Rashon Slater. “This is what will define the game if we can do it over and over again. This is really cool because you start to think that the game is under our control.

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“As long as we do what we have to do, we will be fine. I noticed that on this team, everyone is always completely confident that we will do what we need. There is never a panic. When the game is under our control, we are very confident. “

Similar to the victory over the Eagles, the Chargers slammed the door on Washington with a belated and time-consuming trip. They beat Kansas City with a last-minute score followed by a stop on the defensive.

They hit a fourth-quarter touchdown to crush Las Vegas hopes and scored twice in the final minutes, beating Cleveland.

The Chargers’ only failure on the last call came in week two, when they failed to stop Dallas from winning a field goal in the late game after leveling the score four minutes earlier.

“Once you learn to put off those games, I think you will feel more confident moving into the next,” – said defender Justin Herbert. “We went through this. We know what to do. We know how to perform. So whenever you move on to the next one, you hopefully remember the experience. ”

The Philadelphia win was a classic closure worthy of the NFL Films narrative. All but the last two seconds of the game used the chargers with a drive that lasted 15 games and ate 6:05, with kicker Dustin Hopkins plugging in from 29 yards away.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is set to throw against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback Justin Herbert and the Chargers offensive played a decisive game against the Eagles last week with many big moments.

(Matt Rourke / Associated Press) #

Coach Brandon Staley explained that the keys to possession were the combination of running and passing (the Chargers used seven each), protecting Herbert, and maintaining aggressiveness.

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The Chargers only faced two third falls, and both were manageable: third and six and third and two. Even though they did not implement any of them, they avoided obvious handover situations by not allowing the crowd to participate more.

“That’s when those discs go to the side,” Staley said.

The Chargers really converted both fourths downs and got five first drops on the drive. They overcame a false start penalty and four players besides Herbert were in control of the ball.

“If you have ever … watched an enemy attack [do that] “When you don’t have the opportunity to go out and try to win the game, it’s so frustrating,” said offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. “Being able to do this is very gratifying.”

On Sunday, the Chargers may have another chance to decide their fate against the Minnesota side, which has already played three additional games. The Vikings’ only finish without a single score in Week 3 was a 30-17 win over Seattle.

So things can get stressful and crazy in SoFi Stadium during an unpredictable NFL season. Or maybe everyone saw Jacksonville beat Buffalo and Miami beat Baltimore in the last week.

“It’s crazy on Sundays, man, especially this year,” Ekeler said. “We see the teams and we say, ‘Oh, they’re probably going to beat this team.’ Then no. … That’s what I like about this game. It’s so competitive. “

Yes, Chargers is two games better than Minnesota. This is what the standings say, and the standings in January will mean everything.

But until then they mean nothing, nothing at all.

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