Chargers record predictions
I’ll stick with my pre-draft record for the team, which I feel still nets them the division title. The Chargers added two great pieces in the draft in Tillery and Adderley but I feel the offensive line still presents a potential issue, particularly with the unknown status of Russell Okung. This will still be a great team with potentially a top 5 defense and an offense that will be in every game. The Chargers are a real Super Bowl threat and it’s been awhile since fans could say that and actually believe it.
Record : 10-6
The Chargers used the 2019 NFL Draft to fortify current weaknesses and sure up potential future ones. Defensive tackle Jerry Tillery can help the Bolts win now, while quarterback Easton Stick may provide security- even if that’s just in the form of a backup- once Philip Rivers retires. Five of the Bolts seven picks were defensive selections. General manager Tom Telesco did a fantastic job adding more young talent to a well balanced roster, and the Chargers will reap the benefits in 2019. I have the Bolts snatching 10 wins. While this number is less than 2018’s win total, it should be enough to edge the Chargers into the playoffs. Once they hit the tournament, the Bolts have everything they need to make it over the hump and reach Super Bowl LIV.
An 11-5 record would be a step down from last season, but it’s nothing to feel bad about. The schedule they have this season consists of eight or nine games against playoffs teams, and there truly isn’t a sure-fire win anywhere on the schedule. Though the Chargers improved on defense, the true concern is the offense, particularly the line. Because no significant additions were made, it’s hard to envision the team doing well against a team like the Chicago Bears. The two biggest swing games are against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings, two talented teams who can be stout defensively but also score points. The Chargers will split with the Chiefs and lose at least one (hopefully just one) game to another AFC West team.