The Los Angeles Chargers had their best season in a decade and reached the playoffs for the first time in five years by going 12-4 final year. It wasn’t good enough, nevertheless. Tied with Kansas City for its 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. 1 way to be sure that doesn’t happen would be to win the AFC West outright, some thing the Chargers have not completed since 2009. Little was achieved this offseason and the Bolts are counting on another productive year out of Philip Rivers, who might 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 through 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 using a worse division record than KC and were forced to hit the road for the playoffs even though they had a much better record than every other team. Pleased with how things went last year, the Chargers did very little this offseason and will trust the crux of the band that produced 12 wins in 2018.
The ringleader is Philip Rivers, who enters his 16th season and has started every match since taking the role in 2006. In 37 4,308 had one of his finest seasons throwing for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns while finishing 68.3 percent of his passes. The group of recipients is among the best with Keenan Allen the target. The Bolts are also optimistic a healthy 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 nearly 27 points per game and should be better with their resources returning.
As great as they were the Chargers actually 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 missing close to half the year. Having those men back to the long haul along with former Carolina Panther Thomas Davis should create the Chargers tough to score on again in 2019. Do not expect them to go 7-1 on the road this season, which will interfere with their win total. However, the Bolts are a powerful club and Rivers doesn’t have many opportunities left at playing at a Super Bowl.
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