The schedule for the Los Angeles Chargers is difficult as they will run into tough cornerback matchups this season. Diving in, here is a look at the top five matchups Chargers receivers will face.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars, Week 14
Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Co. are going to have a challenge on their hands in the latter part of the season with the Jaguars. In order to have success, the Chargers are going to have to get separation at the line because Jacksonville will be physical at the line scrimmage. Also, look for the Chargers to get Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler involved to help put points on the board.
2. Minnesota Vikings, Week 15
The Vikings this year will be looking at a bounce-back year from their entire team but especially from the team’s cornerbacks.
In this matchup, whoever may be playing in the slot for the Chargers will be an important piece in making the offense go. The Minnesota group is good sized which can possibly make it tough on the Chargers who rely on intelligence, strength, and route running.
3. Chicago Bears, Week 8
Running into one the league’s top defenses is never easy, especially the way the Bears pick off the ball. This is an important game for the Chargers in the mid-point of the season and one of the keys to the game for the Chargers is for the receiver group to hold onto the ball.
Ball security, especially playing in the fall and early winter at Soldier Field will be important because the Bears will make you pay if you don’t.
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4. Tennessee Titans, Week 7
An up and coming team, the Chargers should not take the Titans lightly.
The Titans pose a hammer of a defense and are fully capable of stopping the Chargers firepower entirely. Allen and his rapport with Philip Rivers will be key in keeping their defense on its toes. The no-huddle offense should come into effect for the Chargers in trying to tire out the Titans’ cornerbacks that include Adoree Jackson, Malcolm Butler and others.
5. Denver Broncos, Weeks 5 and 13
Well new year, same opponent. Although, not the same roster as last year the Broncos always play the Chargers tough and it will be a challenge to win both games. Everyone knows what to expect from guys like Hunter Henry and Allen but the rest of the group of Chargers skill position players will have to step up not just in this game but throughout the season to pick up key wins.
With not much turnover from last year and still time to add players throughout camp and preseason, the Chargers should have another strong offense this year. The coaches, players, and everyone in tow should be well prepared but the opponents this year could throw a wrench into the Chargers plans.