The San Diego Chargers have an extremely tough schedule for the upcoming season, as they look to make their way back to the playoffs. After a preseason of figuring out who they are as a team, and seeing the improvement of younger players, things are looking up for a team that had some doubts when preseason camp began. While they face many top teams, they have also proven that they are a talented team themselves and can compete with the best.
They open the season up against two very good teams from the NFC West, but should be able to pull out a win in their Monday Night game against the Arizona Cardinals. However, it is unlikely that they will be able to match up the next week with the Seattle Seahawks, and will struggle even though they are playing at home.
They will then face an easier part of their schedule, playing the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. The Chargers need to do well in these games, and will win three out of the four, with the lone loss coming against a tough Jets team.
The Chargers will get the Kansas City Chiefs at home before travelling to play the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. The Chargers will beat the Chiefs, but will have trouble away from home and will lose the next two games. Fortunately, they get the Raiders after and will come away with a much-needed victory.
However, the team will close with six incredibly difficult games, and must come away with at least three wins, but preferably four, to have a shot at the playoffs. While the St. Louis Rams should have a great defense, the loss of Sam Bradford is huge, and the Chargers should be able to defeat them. They will lose the next week against the Baltimore Ravens, but will return home and beat the New England Patriots. The Chargers will get the Broncos at home, and proved last year that they can play them tough, and will come away with the victory. They then will go up to northern California to play the San Francisco 49ers, who might return some stars to their defense by then, but the Chargers will barely squeak out a victory, clinching their playoff berth. They will lose their last game against the Chiefs, but will be content with making it to the postseason.
Final record: 10-6.