5. The Chargers’ offense is fairly decent-just not the offensive line
Now I know what you’re thinking and yes, the Chargers’ offense in the last two games has really struggled against two really good defenses in the Chiefs and Jets. But it’s not all that bad. The Chargers rank third in passing yards per game and eighth in total offense. These last two games are more an aberration than the standard.
The offense is good, but the keys to stopping them are fairly simple. If you are able to take Philip Rivers out of the game by putting him on the ground and forcing him into bad throws, you can beat the Chargers. This team’s production really isn’t as dependent on Rivers, Allen or Gordon as much as it is dependent on the offensive line allowing those other pieces to work.
You could technically say that about any team in the NFL. But with the Chargers’ struggles and injuries on the O-line this year and in previous years, the offensive line just has to play decent enough to win and not allow too much to go wrong, with how dynamic some of the Chargers’ pieces on offense are as well as how reliable the defense is.
The Chargers are still in it. Their fate does depends on a Tennessee Titans loss, but they are playing a really good Jacksonville Jaguars team, who I’m assuming is probably favored. The Chargers have a favorable matchup against the Oakland Raiders at home, but Oakland would love for nothing more than to play spoiler with their playoff hopes dashed. It’ll be stressful and exciting to see how it all plays out but hey, when haven’t the Chargers been stressful and exciting?