Los Angeles Chargers vs Arizona Cardinals
The Bolts are back! The Los Angeles Chargers take the field without precedent for 2018 when they visit the Arizona Cardinals for their preseason opener. Kickoff on Saturday is set for 7:00 pm PT at University of Phoenix Stadium.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
The class’ prevailing number one passing assault and forth by and large offense hopes to get where it cleared out off in 2017. Philip Rivers is new off one of his best seasons in a surefire Hall of Fame vocation, yet it’s the two quarterbacks fighting to back him up who’ll be under the magnifying instrument in Geno Smith and Cardale Jones. Two different players to watch out for are Mike Williams, who has looked fabulous after damage perplexed newbie battle, and Virgil Green, the veteran tight end the Bolts marked in the offseason.
On Offense for the Cardinals
Everyone’s eyes will be on Arizona’s quarterbacks as veteran Sam Bradford and first-round pick Josh Rosen will influence their Cardinals to make a big appearance. Initially the primary in general determination in the 2010 NFL draft by the Rams, Bradford most as of late invested energy with the Eagles (2015) and Vikings (2016-17). He’s begun each of the 80 amusements he’s played, finishing 1,805-of-2,887 endeavors (62.5 percent) for 19,049 yards, 101 TDs, 57 INTs and an 85.1 passer rating. In the interim, the Cardinals exchanged up to choose Rosen with the tenth by and large pick. He was a three-year starter at UCLA where he finished 712-of-1,170 passes (60.0 percent) for 9,340 yards and 59 TDs. Furthermore, this diversion denotes the arrival of running back David Johnson, who endured a season-finishing damage in the principal session of the 2017 season.
On Defense for the Chargers
L.A’s. stifling resistance is back after one of their best seasons in establishment history. The Bolts positioned third in the NFL in focuses against (17.0), which was their most minimal since 1992. The Chargers additionally positioned third in the NFL against the pass, were the best in the red zone, posted an in addition to 12 turnover edge which positioned third and had the fifth-generally sacks. This week, fans get the opportunity to watch two new augmentations to the gathering when they get their first looks of first-round pick Derwin James and second-round choice Uchenna Nwosu in their NFL debuts.
On Defense for the Cardinals
The Bolts must watch out for Chandler Jones, who drove the NFL and set an establishment record with 17.0 sacks in 2017. The linebacker additionally drove the alliance with 28.0 handles for misfortune, which were seven more than some other protector. In the meantime, Arizona’s optional highlights one of the best cornerbacks in the diversion, Patrick Peterson, and also a commonplace face in previous Charger Tre Boston.
The Chargers are 9-4 against the Cardinals unsurpassed and are 14-9 against Arizona in the preseason. The two groups last met in the preseason on Aug. 19, 2016, a 19-3 Chargers triumph. In the last gathering in the consistent season on Sept. 8, 2014, the Cardinals scored two final quarter touchdowns to win, 18-17.
By the Numbers
In 2017, the Chargers positioned fourth in all-out offense (376.6 yards for every diversion), first in passing (276.9), 24th in surging (99.7) and thirteenth in focuses (22.2). The Cardinals positioned 22nd incomplete offense (314.1), fifteenth in passing (227.5), 30th in hurrying (86.6) and 25th in focuses (25.6).
Protectively, the Bolts positioned fifteenth in the all-out guard (328.4), third in passing (197.2), 31st in hurrying (131.1) and third in focuses permitted (17.0). Arizona positioned 6th in the all-out guard (310.9), fourteenth in passing (221.3), 6th in surging (89.6) and nineteenth in focuses permitted (22.6).
Hostile Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was the set-out mentor toward Arizona (2007-12) where he drove the club to its first NFC Championship crown bringing about an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII – the first in establishment history.
C/G Cole Toner played in Arizona in 2016.
Quality and Conditioning Coach John Lott trained in Arizona from 2007-16.
Arizona security Tre Boston went through the 2017 season with the Chargers.
Head Coach Steve Wilks trained guarded backs for the Chargers from 2009-11.
Hostile Coordinator Mike McCoy was the head mentor of the Chargers from 2013-16.
Tight Ends Coach Jason Michael instructed for the Chargers in 2011.
Guarded Line Coach Don Johnson trained for the Chargers for two seasons (2013-15).
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