The countdown is on to the Los Angeles Chargers opening the 2018 season against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and the entire defense will be looking to post solid numbers in order to get the team off to a 1-0 start. But will any of their performances rank among the best opening game performances in team history?
That’s right, this list is going to cover the top five performances that have ever been posted by a Chargers player in team history. That means that every Week 1 game dating back to 1960 was put under the microscope and it was quite difficult to narrow this list down to just five performances.
John Carney once kicked six field goals in a Week 1 game, accounting for all of the Chargers’ points in an 18-12 win over the Seattle Seahawks in 1993.
Dan Fouts and LaDainian Tomlinson each had multiple impressive Week 1 games. Shawne Merriman started the 2006 season with a 3-sack performance.
Keenan McCardell caught two touchdown passes in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 and even Bryan Still, one of the bigger draft busts in team history, had a great Week 1 game, catching six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in 1998.
But none of those performances made this list.
That begs the question, which ones did? And will one of the Chargers put up these kind of numbers against the Chiefs this Sunday?