After their best season since 2009, the Chargers have high expectations going into this season. How does it play out?
The smell of regular season NFL football is in the air as a reward for fans getting through the preseason. There’s high expectations for the Chargers following the season they had in 2018. At the same time, there’s some areas of concern: Melvin Gordon’s status is up in the air, Derwin James is injured, and Russell Okung is currently uncertain to play this season. How does coach Anthony Lynn follow up his first playoff appearance? How does the team deal with a seemingly harder schedule than last year, at least on paper? Let’s go game by game.
Week 1: Indianapolis Colts
The Chargers open with the Colts at home. This was looking like a high-profile AFC match-up all of about a month ago. Now, the Colts have had a nuclear bombshell hit the franchise with Andrew Luck’s retirement.
However, this isn’t an opponent the Chargers should take lightly. Jacoby Brissett is a downgrade from Luck, but still very serviceable. The rest of their team probably got better. T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, and Eric Ebron are some great offensive weapons to watch out for. Darius Leonard and the defense look to stop opposing offenses in their tracks.
In a close one, the Chargers take this one 30-24. They take advantage of the sudden change in the Colts’ offense and have a big game of their own offense as Philip Rivers comes out slinging it. And for the first time since 2015, the team gets a win in the season opener