The Los Angeles Chargers had their very best season in a decade and reached the playoffs for the first time in five years from going 12-4 final year. It was not good enough, however. Tied with Kansas City for the best record in the AFC, the Bolts were the odd team out forced to enter the postseason as the No. 5 seed, losing on the street in the Divisional Round. One way to make certain that doesn’t occur would be to win the AFC West outright, something the Chargers have not done since 2009. Little was achieved this offseason and the Bolts are counting on another productive year from Philip Rivers, that may not have many left.
2019 Los Angeles Chargers at a Glance
Chargers Super Bowl Odds: +1410
Chargers AFC Championship Odds: +692
Chargers AFC West Odds: +208
Chargers Regular Season Win Total: 9.5
A reduction to Denver during the middle of this season proved to be the difference between an AFC West crown and playing as a wild card. The Bolts lost the tie-breaker with a worse division record than KC and were made to hit the road for the playoffs even though they had a much better album than every other team. Pleased with how things went last year, the Chargers did very little this offseason and will trust the core of the band that produced 12 wins in 2018.
The ringleader is Philip Rivers, who enters his 16th year and has started every match since taking the role in 2006. In 37 Rivers had one of the finest seasons throwing for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns while finishing 68.3 percent of his passes. Receivers’ group is one of the top with Keenan Allen the main target. The Bolts are also hopeful a healthful Melvin Gordon can continue to contribute. Gordon averaged a career best 5.1 yards per carry but missed four games due to injury. The Chargers scored almost 27 points per game and should be even better with their resources coming.
As great as they were the Chargers really had a stout defense beneath Gus Bradley, ranking ninth in total defense and eighth in scoring defense. And they did that with Joey Bosa and Denzel Perryman each overlooking near to half the season. Having those men back to the long haul along with former Carolina Panther Thomas Davis should create the Chargers hard to score on again in 2019. Don’t expect them to go 7-1 on the road this season, and this will hinder their win total. But the Bolts are a strong club and Rivers does not have many chances left at playing in a Super Bowl.
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