At this point in our predictions, the Los Angeles Chargers sit at 5-2 on the season. Though you may not like the idea of them losing to the Cleveland Browns, you have to admit you’d take that record.
The month of November is critical in the NFL. It’s the month that teams contending for a championship begin to hit their stride. It’s the month when the pretenders get left by the wayside.
The Chargers face two critical divisional games in November, sandwiched between two matchups against the NFC West.
Last November, the Chargers had a 30-point victory followed by a 22-point win on national television as the team looked like a contender. Unfortunately, a poor start to the season doomed their efforts but according to these predictions, this team has a much better start this season.
With a solid November, the Chargers could be well on their way to their first postseason berth since 2013.
Week 9 at Seattle Seahawks
This is a tricky game to pick.
The game will be played in Seattle, where the Seahawks are very tough to beat. The last time these two teams met, the Chargers upset the Seahawks, who at that time were the defending champions.
This Seahawks team is much different than that one.
Richard Sherman is gone. Kam Chancellor is gone. The Legion of Boom, the entity that made the Seahawks such an intimidating team to face, has dissolved.
That should make Philip Rivers’ eyes light up with the receiving corps he’ll bring into CenturyLink Field.
The Chargers should be able to matriculate the ball down the field with their passing game, but the Seahawks still have two things: Russell Wilson and the 12th Man. Because of those factors, this will still be a difficult victory to get.
However, the Chargers will be coming off their bye and will have ample time to prepare for one of the more difficult road games on the schedule. The Seahawks will keep it close because they have Wilson, one of the top gameday quarterbacks in football, but the Chargers have a bit too much talent for this rebuilding Seahawks team.
The Seahawks have Wilson, but they won’t have enough offense to give the Chargers’ defense too many problems.
Prediction: Chargers 20, Seahawks 16