Chargers Challenge Steep
The Los Angeles Chargers come into the 2019 season after finishing last season with a 12-4 record. The team defeated the Baltimore Ravens before the New England Patriots dominated them in the divisional playoffs.
Chargers Current State
The Chargers now are in an awkward position. The next step for this team means a trip to the league’s final game. The Chargers last trip to the Super Bowl took place in 1995 during the league’s 75th anniversary. This year the league celebrates their 100th season, and once again the Super Bowl will take place in Miami. If you are looking at fate, then this may be destiny.
The counterweight is the fact that the Chargers have never been able to get by the New England Patriots in the Phillip Rivers era. The Patriots are likely to be once again an obstacle awaiting the club in January. The Chargers also must deal with the other 12-4 team in the division. The Kansas City Chiefs won the tiebreaker giving them home-field throughout the playoffs last season. The team returns NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and a stocked roster with similar aspirations.
The Chargers offense takes a hit at least until Malvin Gordon ends his holdout. The team lacks a running back that is similarly dynamic and a potential game-breaker. The team needs to keep 37-year-old veteran quarterback Rivers healthy. The Chargers signed veteran Tyrod Taylor that can hold the fort for a few weeks if Rivers goes down.
Defensively the Chargers have the best defensive end tandem this side of Houston. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram give the Cragers a fierce pass rush. The team is reliable in their back seven as well.
The window for the Chargers is shortening by the day. Rivers age is just one problem. The Gordon holdout is just a warning sign for what is to come. The team will soon have to deal with extensions for Bosa, Ingram, strong safety Derwin James, linebacker Denzel Perryman, and receiver Mike Williams.
The salary cap means not all the young stars the Chargers have will remain with the team. The time is now for the Chargers to make their run. The problem is the schedule is challenging to navigate.
The Chargers are projected to win nine and a half games. The team will float somewhere around 9 or 10 wins. The Chargers record could go either way, and I am predicting the Chargers to finish with ten wins and a potential wild card berth.
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