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5 things for Los Angeles Chargers to be thankful for in 2018

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown past Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown past Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills shakes hands with Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers after the game at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Los Angeles defeats Buffalo 31-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills shakes hands with Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers after the game at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Los Angeles defeats Buffalo 31-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Favorable schedule

Now this isn’t a knock on the team. The Chargers didn’t make the schedule and they can only play the teams that are on it. However, they should be thankful that the schedule, to this point, has been pretty favorable.

It didn’t start out that way.

The Chargers had games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams in the first three weeks of the season and those are the only two teams that have beaten them. Each of those teams has won nine games.

But the rest of the schedule has provided a few cupcakes. Their other seven opponents have posted a 19-38-1 combined record to this point in the season.

The Chargers have played the Oakland Raiders twice, a team that appears to be trying to do everything but win a game. They’ve faced the lowly Buffalo Bills and a Cleveland Browns team that isn’t quite there yet. They also faced an injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers squad.

But they should make no apologies.

Wins over the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks were solid victories, especially considering the Titans’ recent destruction of the New England Patriots and Seattle’s win over the Green Bay Packers.

The schedule is going to get much more difficult with the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens on the upcoming docket, along with another battle with the Chiefs. It’s been advantageous for the team to be able to get out to such a good start by beating up on some of the league’s bottomfeeders.

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