The Los Angeles Chargers had their best season in a decade and reached the playoffs for the first time in five years from going 12-4 last year. It wasn’t 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 be sure that does not happen would be to win the AFC West outright, some thing that the Chargers haven’t completed since 2009. Little was achieved this offseason and the Bolts are counting on another successful year from Philip Rivers, that might not have many left.
2019 Los Angeles Chargers in 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 the season proved to be the difference between an AFC West crown and playing as a wild card. The Bolts dropped the tie-breaker with a worse division record than KC and have been made to hit the road for the playoffs although they had a better album than every other team. Pleased with how things went this past year, the Chargers did hardly any 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 year and has started every game since taking the part in 2006. At 37 4,308 had one of his finest seasons throwing for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns while finishing 68.3 percent of his moves. The group of recipients is one of the best with Keenan Allen the target. The Bolts will also be 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 must be even better with their assets returning.
As good as they were the Chargers actually had a stout defense under Gus Bradley, ranking ninth in total defense and eighth in scoring defense. And they did this with Joey Bosa and Denzel Perryman each missing near to half the season. With those men back to the long haul along with former Carolina Panther Thomas Davis must create the Chargers hard to score again in 2019. Do not expect them to go 7-1 on the road this year, which will interfere with their win total. However, the Bolts are a strong club and Rivers does not have many opportunities left at playing in a Super Bowl.
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