By Brendan Patel on April 27, 2014
The NFL schedules have recently been released, and the San Diego Chargers have a very tough draw. They open the season against two of the best teams in the NFC, and will still have to play all the teams in the AFC West twice. After the bye week things get a little ridiculous, especially their last four games which may represent the toughest four-game stretch in the NFL.
The Chargers open with a tough game against the Cardinals who will be looking to prove that they belong in the playoffs. It will be low scoring, and the defense of the Chargers will come up with several big plays to preserve the victory.
Chargers 13-10 (1-0)
The reigning Super Bowl Champions will be in town and will have no problem defeating the Chargers. This loss will manage the expectations of the team, and give them the motivation needed to be successful for the rest of the season. No doubt Philip Rivers will have much to say to the secondary of the Seahawks throughout the game.
Seahawks 31-6 (1-1)
The team will rebound from a tough loss to beat the Bills. Rivers will have a huge game as the Chargers will easily win.
Chargers 35-17 (2-1)
The Jaguars still have many question marks for next season, and this represents the only soft spot on the Chargers’ schedule. The defense will prove its worth by shutting down the Jaguars’ offense.
Chargers 24-7 (3-1)
The Jets made several splashy offseason moves, and will hope to return to their previous ways of controlling the ball and playing outstanding defense. The Chargers have had their fair share of struggles against Rex Ryan, but should be able to control the athletes on the offensive side of the ball for the Jets.
Chargers 16-9 (4-1)
The Raiders also made several interesting moves in the offseason, but may struggle to find wins in a competitive conference. However, they will pull an upset against the Chargers, thanks to a strong running game and unexpected turnovers by the Chargers.
24-21 Raiders (4-2)
Both the Chiefs and Chargers will play a conservative game, choosing field position over aggressive play-calling. However, being at home will give the Chargers the slight edge.
Chargers 17-13 (5-2)
The Broncos knocked the Chargers out of the playoffs last season, and the team will certainly have this game circled on their schedules. Playing in Denver will present many problems for the Chargers, and they will struggle to contain Peyton Manning.
Broncos 31-14 (5-3)
The Dolphins let their playoff spot slip away from them and end up in the hands of the Chargers. Both teams understand that this is a must win game, and the Chargers will face many challenges playing away from home. However, they have more talent than the Dolphins, and will come away the victory.
Chargers 24-21 (6-3)
After an earlier loss to the Raiders, the Chargers will win big being back in Southern California. They will have an extra week of preparation to make sure that everything goes right as they head down the stretch.
Chargers 38-10 (7-3)
The Rams were a very good team in a tough division last season, and will only get better. They will present a tough challenge for the Chargers' offense, and will surprise some with a win.
Rams 17-14 (7-4)
The Ravens were also a borderline playoff team last season, and know that they must win this game. Flying to the East Coast and playing a morning game will result in early struggles for the Chargers, but they will win thanks to a strong second half.
Chargers 24-20 (8-4)
The Chargers continue a tough stretch with arguably their hardest games to close the season. Their defense will have continued to improve all season, making this a huge win.
Chargers 17-14 (9-4)
Even though the Broncos beat the Chargers twice last season, the Chargers have done well to develop a game-plan to limit the amount of time on the field that Manning has. They do well to control the tempo of the game, and will clinch their playoff berth this week.
Chargers 24-21 (10-4)
The 49ers are one of the top teams in the league, and this will be a measuring stick to see if the Chargers are ready for the playoffs. Unfortunately they will be unable to contain the 49ers, and will fall behind early in the game.
49ers 20-10 (10-5)
The Chargers will close their season at one of the toughest stadiums, and will lose all their momentum going into the playoffs. Their second straight loss will cause some doubt about their postseason chances, but the veteran leadership on the team will help them set the ship straight.
Chiefs 17-13 (10-6)
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