Super Bowl 50 is in the rear view mirror and Las Vegas has wasted no time in getting its odds out for Super Bowl LI.
Coming off a disastrous 4-12 season, the San Diego Chargers have been given long odds to win next year’s big game, according to oddsmakers in Vegas. At 50-1, San Diego has been listed as one of the biggest longshots. In fact, only two teams—the San Francisco 49ers at 60-1 and the Cleveland Browns at 200-1—have been given longer odds.
The Chargers will be faced with a lot of work in order to change that perception. They have the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft, but the team is weak in several areas.
Last season, the Chargers ranked No. 31 in rushing offense, gaining just 84.9 yards per game on the ground. That put Philip Rivers in several 3rd-and-long situations and just stalled the offense. The team wasn’t much better on the other side of the ball, either, ranking No. 20 in total defense.
Obviously, the Chargers have several holes to fill on the roster. But they also have plenty of young players to build around, including Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Manti Te’o and Jason Verrett.
The Chargers also play in a tough AFC West division that includes the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, a solid Kansas City Chiefs squad and an emerging Oakland Raiders team. Mike McCoy and his staff certainly have their work cut out for them.
How do you feel about the 50-1 odds Vegas has placed on the Chargers? Are they about right? Also, what does the team need to do in order to be more competitive inside the AFC West going forward?
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