1. First things first... what happened last week, y'all?
Well, the Chargers looked basically unstoppable on offense right up until Keenan Allen tore his ACL. After that, the wheels came off. The coaches stopped using Melvin Gordon (who up until that point had been running wild and had two touchdowns already). The offense started using almost exclusively shotgun sets. It made very little sense. Mike McCoy elected to punt or attempt field goals in 4th-and-short situations. The Chiefs finally realized that Manti Te'o, Denzel Perryman, Dwight Lowery, and Jahleel Addae could not cover anyone and started attacking them repeatedly. John Pagano kept dropping the defense into a soft shell, but the real issue was that nobody along the defensive line was able to win their matchups and thus Alex Smith had all day. Ultimately, the Chargers could have probably survived one or two of the things that they did wrong but not all of them.
2. Are there any weak links in the Chargers defense? If you're the Jaguars offensive coordinator, what's standing out to you?
Oh, yes. The safeties are straight up awful at everything. They cannot cover anyone and they are non-factors against the run as well. Manti Te'o and Denzel Perryman are also poor in coverage, but they actually bring something to the table in the run game. If I'm the Jaguars offensive coordinator, I'm attacking the Chargers by isolating T.J. Yeldon on basically any linebacker not named Jatavis Brown or looking for whoever draws a safety in coverage.
3. Is there a Jaguars player on either side of the ball that you say, "If the Chargers don't stop him, we're in trouble"? (You don't get to say Allen Robinson.)
Assuming Chris Ivory doesn't play again, I'm going to say T.J. Yeldon. Spencer Ware absolutely the ate the Chargers' lunch last week and Yeldon strikes me as an ever worse matchup. If they can't stop Yeldon, I don't see the Chargers defense getting off the field at all. Honorable mention to Julius Thomas who may also be unstoppable in San Diego. I was happy when he left the division.
4. Can you give us one player on offense and one on defense who fly under the radar but who you think will play a critical role in determining the winning team on Sunday?
On offense, I think Tyrell Williams is a player that you need to watch out for. With Keenan Allen done for the season, they will need to find someone to pick up the slack. I have a hard time imagining that it will be Dontrelle Inman or Travis Benjamin, so that leaves Tyrell. He was a breakout candidate heading into the season, and he's going to need to reach that potential starting soon or the Chargers offense is going to fizzle.
On defense, watch for Denzel Perryman. He's a big name locally, but I suspect that's not the case nationally. He's an excellent run defender and could potentially become a capable three-down linebacker. This Sunday, he's going to need to make a significant impact or things won't go well for the home team.
5. What's gonna happen on Sunday? Will it be a back-and-forth matchup or will one team pull away from another?
It's Week 2 and this is already an important game for the Chargers as they are a game back of the rest of the division and they're on the verge of having the season collapse. It's hard to remain positive after the Chiefs game, but I see this as game that will stay close for four quarters with the Chargers holding on for a narrow victory. Call it 24-21 or thereabouts.