The Chargers take on an AFC title contender in Week 1 of the regular season, but may catch a break if the opposing quarterback can’t play.
With the Chargers likely opening the season without their starting left tackle and franchise running back, the team could use some extra luck early on. Though they are a talented enough team to win every game in 2019, some help along the way is always welcome. In 2018, the Chargers benefited from facing a Cincinnati Bengals squad without Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, which may have allowed them to play tougher in the fourth quarter the following week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now, it appears as though luck, or rather a lack of Andrew Luck, will come early this season. The Chargers’ first game comes against the Indianapolis Colts, a team jockeying for a division title and Super Bowl run after losing in the same round of the playoffs as the Chargers did last season. However, the Colts may have to start that run without their franchise quarterback.
Here’s the recent news from Colts general manager Chris Ballard, as seen on NFL.com:
“In the course of dealing with his calf injury, it appears that now we’ve got an ankle issue. There’s no question that he had a calf (strain), that he has a calf, but the lower part is more of an ankle issue. Once we get that under control, we think we can help with the pain.” -Chris Ballard
Every team wants to beat the best to be the best, and every fan wants to watch a good competitive game. However, there’s no getting around it: The Chargers’ chances of winning their first game of the season, something they’ve only done once under Tom Telesco, increase with Luck on the sidelines.
The recent news does not confirm Luck will miss the opener, but it does hint his injury (which will keep him out of the preseason) will linger longer than previously expected. Regardless of whether the Colts open the game with a less-than-healthy Luck or backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, the Chargers may have been given their first bit of good luck in a season with little room for error.