Chargers: Familiar foes
Week 10: Oakland Raiders
The Chargers face only their second division opponent in their first 10 weeks when they play the Raiders for the first time in 2019. The Black Hole can always be a tough place to play, but the Raiders simply don’t have the team necessary to take on the Chargers. Jon Gruden and Derek Carr have a rocky relationship to say the least, and Antonio Brown is a wild card. The bigger issue for the Raiders? The defense, a unit ranked 27th going into 2019 by Pro Football Focus.
It’s easy to see Allen or Mike Williams having a huge game against this team. While the defensive line improved for Oakland, the running game should still be expected to run all over them, Gordon or not. Chargers win, 27-14
Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs (Mexico City)
The Chargers have to win a game against Kansas City to win the division. Preferably, it’d be nice to see them win both games, but that seems a bit unrealistic with the offensive firepower the Chiefs have in Andy Reid’s arsenal. Where the Chargers get one game is attacking the defense of Kansas City. They can put up points against a pretty mediocre corner group, they just have to hope it doesn’t turn into a Chiefs shootout.
The Chargers’ defense facing the Chiefs’ offense is the real match up to watch here. The difference between giving up 28 points vs 40+ is massive, and that will come down to the secondary and defensive lines being able to get to Mahomes and keep up with guys like Tyreek Hill. The defense, with key cogs like Bosa, Ingram, Adrian Phillips, Casey Hayward, and new addition Thomas Davis is good enough to do it for one game. Who knows, maybe James is back as well. Chargers: 31-28.