Chargers: The first loss
Week 4: Miami Dolphins
Tank you, next. The Dolphins are in full on rebuild now, triggered by their offseason moves of dealing Stills, Tunsil, and trading for Josh Rosen during the draft. The defense is below average, the offense is now pretty awful, and they’ve got a rookie coach. If Flores manages to get this team to 6-10 he should win coach of the year.
No surprise, Chargers stomp here. If there’s any game fans feel the most confident, it’s this one. Let the entire offense feast and let the defensive line get after Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rosen, or whoever the starting quarterback is by this game.
Week 5: Denver Broncos
The Broncos have been a thorn in the Chargers’ side for years, and that doesn’t change in 2019. They still have a tough defense and an improving offense. This feels like the Chargers’ first loss, where Bradley Chubb and Von Miller get after Philip Rivers. The Broncos’ offense should also be generally better than it was last season, with the addition of Joe Flacco to game manage and a presumably healthy Phillip Lindsay. Courtland Sutton could also be in line for a breakout year, as is first-round draft selection Noah Fant.
After the hot start in September, the Chargers get into a defensive battle with the Broncos and take their first loss. Ultimately, they split the season series, but I see the offense coming up short in this one.