Prediction on the San Diego Chargers Schedule

December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The San Diego Chargers won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s make some predictions on how we will do this season. Let’s look at the schedule and put some wins and losses on all of the games. It looks like the schedule is set for us to have a strong start. If we come out flat, we will be hurting later in the year. The competition just gets tough after the BYE week, so we need to get those wins early.

WIN: vs Houston Texans
This is a game we can steal. It won’t be easy, but all kinds of weirdness happens in the first game of the year for all teams. Teams are still meshing and the Texans have not had a chance to prepare for what we are throwing at them. Chargers fans are not even sure what we will be doing on offense. A game to steal at home.

WIN: at Philadelphia Eagles
With Chip Kelly trying to install his offense, this is a game of first time head coaches. The Eagles and the Chargers are not expected to do much this season and the Eagles will likely be the favorites since they are at home, but I still think we have a team that can take the Eagles out.

WIN: at Tennessee Titans
I don’t think the Chargers have ever lost to the Titans. The last time the Chargers lost to this team, they were in Houston and named the Oilers. Keep that trend going.

LOSS: vs Dallas Cowboys
The first loss of the season. The Cowboys have a lot of weapons on offense and we will have to deal with Demarcus Ware.

WIN: at Oakland Raiders
I can’t see us losing to the Raiders this season. They just are really bad. Terrelle Pryor makes it more difficult for us, but still don’t think the Raiders have enough.

WIN: vs Indianapolis Colts
I know they went to the playoffs last season, but for some reason I don’t believe they will be the same team. I don’t think that they will be that good.

WIN: at Jacksonville Jaguars
The one team that might be worse than the Oakland Raiders… the Jacksonville Jaguars.

BYE

LOSS: at Washington Redskins
Coming off of the BYE week, we will have to deal with Robert Griffin III. We never have been good at stopping quarterbacks that can move around like he does.

LOSS: vs Denver Broncos
The first matchup against the Broncos and if the Chargers follow the win pattern I set forth, we likely will be battling for the top record in the AFC West. Sadly, all the hype ends up with a loss. Sounds like something our Chargers would do.

WIN: at Miami Dolphins
Who is there quarterback again? Mrs Tannehill? Their defense has a lot of potential, but there is nothing to be scared of on offense.

LOSS: at Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are a better team and they are a tough team to beat at home.

LOSS: vs Cincinnati Bengals
Hard knocks? This is a tough team. Strong defense. AJ Green on offense. A really strong team that will be tough to beat.

LOSS: vs New York Giants
Philip vs Eli. Eli pulls out with the victory.

LOSS: at Denver Broncos
7-6 going into this game and this is a chance for us to sniff the AFC West. We falter again against Peyton.

WIN: vs Oakland Raiders
It’s still the Raiders.

WIN: vs Kansas City Chiefs
With the playoffs on the line, we pull out the victory against the Chiefs.

9 wins. It has been my prediction for a while. The schedule isn’t too rough and we can steal some wins on there. If we can get out of the gate nicely, we should be able to deal with that rough patch after the BYE week. Can 9 wins get us to the playoffs? It is a possibility with the AFC being wide open. Chances would be much better with 10 wins.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Interesting. :-)

  • Marcus Amure

    LOSS: vs Houston Texans

    WIN: at Philadelphia Eagles

    WIN: at Tennessee Titans

    WIN: vs Dallas Cowboys

    WIN: at Oakland Raiders

    LOSS: vs Indianapolis Colts

    WIN: at Jacksonville Jaguars

    BYE

    LOSS: at Washington Redskins

    LOSS: vs Denver Broncos

    WIN: at Miami Dolphins could swing the other way

    LOSS: at Kansas City Chiefs 1 win 1 loss against KC

    LOSS: vs Cincinnati Bengals

    WIN: vs New York Giants I hate Eli they better win

    LOSS: at Denver Broncos

    WIN: vs Oakland Raiders

    WIN: vs Kansas City Chiefs

    • Gunnar Martin

      That’s very similar to my prediction, except I think we steal one from the Donkeys. Switch that one with the Cowboy game and I’ll call it good ;)

  • kris

    loss vs texans
    win vs eagles
    win vs titans
    win vs cowboys
    win vs raiders
    loss vs colts
    win vs jags
    loss against redskins
    loss against broncos
    win vs miami
    win vs chiefs
    loss vs bengals
    loss vs giants
    win vs broncos
    win vs raiders
    win vs chiefs

    • FullCharge

      kris is more accurate imo

      • tbell11

        I agree with Ernie in having a 9-7 record, but the way he did it was unrealistic. The only thing i disagree with you Kris is on the last game against KC we will lose.

  • Brandon

    I predict we win every game. Prove me wrong bolts. No don’t prove me wrong

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    I believe are Defense will be better than last years and Top 5 in the League.
    And getting Melvin Ingram back won’t hurt.

    wins vs Texans
    win vs eagles
    win vs titans
    loss vs cowboys
    win vs raiders
    win vs colts
    win vs jaguars
    bye
    loss vs redskins
    loss vs broncos
    win vs miami
    loss vs chiefs
    loss vs bengals
    win vs giants
    win vs broncos
    win raiders
    win vs chiefs

    11-5

    • Lalo Valle

      i agree 11 – 5

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Sup Lalo!!! How ya been mang?

  • RussinSactown

    We can’t get a split against Denver? Really? They made it the same distance in the playoffs as they did with Tebow. And Dallas hasn’t retooled that much. I am going 11-5 with a chance to go 12-4 if RG III isn’t healthy

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Ha.. Possible.

      • RussinSactown

        ESPN has all but crowned Denver as the AFC West champs. Pissed me off.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    I agree with everything but, I think we beat the Donkeys once, KC twice and we poop on the Cowgirls

  • Trey P

    how in the world will we loose to the giants they suck??

  • Tom Spalsbury

    What’s this crap the Queefs are a better team. That will be the day !

  • bdawg

    You guys are all smokin crack – 11-5 or better?!
    I am a huge Chargers fan but lets be real – with all the changes, this team will be lucky to get to .500 .

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      .500 for the 4th straight season?

      something has to give.

  • Jordan

    Now we need to evaluate the broncos wins and losses.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Good idea… That will be next

    • Joel Ayala

      They have the easiest Schedule this year. go figure being a Manning lead team. But most the World has The Donks in the SB this year. I think We split with Den and KC. and Dal we beat.

  • Cgoodness13

    loss vs texans
    win @ eagles
    win @ titans
    win vs cowboys
    win @ raiders
    loss vs colts
    win @ jaguars
    bye
    win @ redskins
    loss vs broncos
    win @ miami
    win @ chiefs
    loss vs bengals
    win vs giants
    loss @ broncos
    win vs raiders
    win vs chiefs

    I think the whole “chiefs are so much better now” thing is crap, Reid is a bad coach, Smith is a mediocre at best QB, a overrated D, etc. I’m also so glad McCoy is our coach and we no longer have the norv factor (losing games we should have won and winning games we should lose)

    • Stefanie Smith

      I agree with the sentiment “chiefs are so much better now” is crap”. All they have done is get Alex Smith. He is not the second coming of Aaron Rodgers. Sorry. I think we will beat them in KC.

  • Tazzster

    How about a different approach. Let start off looking at the home games. Teams play better at home – its a statistical fact.

    Texans
    Cowboys
    Colts
    Broncos
    Bengals
    Giants
    Raiders
    Chiefs

    The Raiders and Chiefs should be gimmes. (I know the Chiefs are everyone’s favorites because Andy Reid is there… but last I checked he was the dude who screwed up the dream team in Philly)

    The other six are tough games. 3 of those will be top 10 teams this year the other 3 will be in the top half of the league. We will be at home so lets say the bolts split those 6. That leaves us with a home record of 5-3.

    Now to the away games….

    Eagles
    Titans
    Raiders
    Jaguars
    Redskins
    Miami
    Chiefs
    Broncos

    There are no gimmies on the road, but the Chiefs, Miami, Jaguars and the Raiders are bottom feeders. I can see us going 3-1 there.

    Eagles and Titans are middle of the road teams. We play well on the road and split those 2. 1-1

    Redskins and the Broncos should hold their home court. 0-2.

    That leaves us 4-4 on the road and 9-7 overall.

    I don’t think that gets us into the playoffs, but maybe it does. So where can the bolts pick up a couple more wins. There are definitely some road games available. Chiefs on the road would be huge. Also sweeping the Eagles and Titans.

    Or we need to pick up some big games at home and they are BIG games. How well we play against Houston will give us a big clue as to how well we will do during the season. Houston is a good team. If we can play with them Monday night and even eek out a win, I can see us picking up those extra 1 or 2 wins that we will need to make the playoffs.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Chiefs are not all that and a bag of chips. They are no different than last year–with the exception that they changed the QB. So come on now. And Coach Reid will not be taking them to the SB this year.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    One thing that surprises me is how some people think that the Dolphins is a “gimmie game”? I NEVER remember that as being a “gimmie game”, despite the climate being so similar to SD. It’s still a game we have to travel all the way East for. We have had some success lately, but let’s look a little deeper.

    10/02/2011 – San Diego Chargers 26, Miami Dolphins 16
    9/27/2009 – San Diego Chargers 23, Miami Dolphins 13
    10/05/2008 – Miami Dolphins 17, San Diego Chargers 10
    12/11/2005 – Miami Dolphins 23, San Diego Chargers 21
    10/27/2003 – Miami Dolphins 26, San Diego Chargers 10
    11/24/2002 – Miami Dolphins 30, San Diego Chargers 3
    11/12/2000 – Miami Dolphins 17, San Diego Chargers 7
    12/19/1999 – Miami Dolphins 12, San Diego Chargers 9
    11/05/1995 – Miami Dolphins 24, San Diego Chargers 14

    Before 2009, the Chargers lost 7 straight, under various QB’s who weren’t really much better than Tannehill. There is nothing that says “gimmie” about that. Calm down… I’m not saying that our team can’t do it. But, overlooking a Dolphins team that drafted Dion Jordan, signed Mike Wallace & Dannell Ellerbe, and has a decent QB that will be more settled than he was in his rookie year is unwise. That game could bite us right in the ass, if we aren’t disciplined. I’m certain Mike McCoy doesn’t think this is a “gimmie game” by any stretch of the imagination.

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