Chargers’ opponents: Weeks 13-17
Week 13: At Denver
The Chargers coasted through Denver last year on the road, not needing much effort or their entire roster to take out the Broncos. This one could mean so much more, with the Chargers entering this game looking to make their final five-game stretch on the way to the playoffs. Joe Flacco will lead the team (likely) here, which doesn’t pose too much of a threat to the defense.
Week 14: At Jacksonville
Having bullied the Jaguars for years, the Chargers had a tough outing against them two years ago, making costly errors to lose a game despite intercepting Blake Bortles twice late in the game. The team will no doubt play tough behind their new Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles, and has many players returning on defense. This one will be tough, regardless of what their 2018 record was.
Week 15: Home vs Minnesota (SNF)
The Vikings currently have Kirk Cousins at quarterback, a guy the Chargers absolutely smothered in 2017, who only posted 151 yards and one touchdown against them. Cousins will be backed by two great wide outs in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, as well as a stingy defense. The Chargers have the more talented roster currently, and will be battle-tested against tough defenses having just faced Denver and Jacksonville.
Week 16: Home vs Oakland
Here’s the trap game for the 2019 season: At home vs Oakland, sandwiched between a Sunday Night Football game and a regular season finale against the Chiefs. At this point, the Chargers should know where they stand in the playoff race, but in all likelihood need this win to keep pace with the Patriots or Chiefs.
Week 17: At Kansas City
This will end up being the biggest game of the season. As it has been the past two years, the Chargers will all but likely need a road victory in Kansas City to keep their postseason dreams alive. This could be for the AFC West title, or even a top seed in the AFC. They did it last time without Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon; can they do it again?