Previewing the Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have the best roster in the AFC West. Stacked on both sides of the roster, they only got better this offseason. Their defense features what could be the best secondary in the NFL, with newly added Derwin James taking an already stacked group to another level. On top of that, they have Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram playing at extremely high levels off the edge
This should be one of the best defenses in football. On offense, the Chargers have a plethora of weapons. Last year’s number seven overall pick Mike Williams will be added to a receiver group that already features Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. Also slotting into the roster is last year’s second-round pick, guard Forrest Lamp. This offense is stacked with weapons, despite the loss of Hunter Henry.
The Chargers went 6-1 down the stretch last year after kicker troubles doomed them to an unfortunate 0-4 start. They were competitive against both the Patriots in Foxborough and the Eagles in week 4, when kicker troubles doomed them. They also went to overtime with the eventual AFCG participant Jaguars in Jacksonville. This is a team that is ready to make a deep playoff run, especially in a weak AFC.
The Chargers have one real weakness and one supernatural. The real one is their inability to stop the run. Last year teams ran all over the Chargers and they did little to address that this offseason. One way teams could avoid the Chargers’ stacked secondary and pass-rushing ability is by running the clock out and bypassing both. Their other problem is more supernatural than real.
Every year they seem to run into the same weird troubles, like losing their tight-end who’s ready to breakout in May or starting 0-4 by losing to bad teams because of blocked kicks. But if this team stays as hot as it did last year, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be competing for the AFC. Hopefully, this is the year we avoid the weird bad luck and injuries that usually plague the Chargers and we don’t spend another season thinking “what if”.