Since the NFL ensures parity and has their schedule on rotation, the last time the Chargers had this similar schedule was in 2010 where they finished at 9-7. For Mike McCoy’s Chargers to make a second appearance in the playoffs, they’re going to need more luck and talent.
The Chargers got through the season with a few games that slipped away — notable losses against the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans come to mind. The Chargers face five opposing teams that made the playoffs, including the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks.
The Chargers looked like a playoff team on the bubble throughout the season, but in 2014, they’re going to need their roster, including Philip Rivers, to step up. No easy victories will come because the bottom-dwellers of every division played tough and won some close games. The New York Jets beat the Miami Dolphins in the last game of the season, doing the Chargers a solid favor. And think about the Oakland Raiders who went 1-1 against the Chargers last year.
In 2013, the Chargers went .500 in the division and next season they need to expect the same ferocity in the AFC West. Looking past the division, the Chargers have had difficulties against the New England Patriots and Dolphins. And the only time the Chargers can beat Seattle and the San Francisco 49ers is during the preseason.
There’s a lot that can happen and rosters have to be finalized, but when one looks inside the divisions out west, it’s tough.