Chargers outlook the rest of the season
The Chargers are coming off two embarrassing losses at home to the Broncos and Steelers. This team always seems to play better on the road than at home, so this week’s game could be an opportunity to rekindle some of last year’s magic. The Tennessee Titans are certainly a tough team to beat, especially at home. But their offense is hardly a juggernaut. The Chargers should be able to win this game, but again they should have easily won the last two games.
After the Titans, the team has road matchups with the Bears, Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs and Jaguars. Then they’ll have home games against the Packers, Vikings, Chiefs in Mexico City and finish up with the Raiders. So that’s five non-division games left, where all five teams are solid at worst. All of those non-division games feature teams that have very good to great defenses, which could give the Chargers the same kind of problems the Steelers did. The good news is that the three of those teams also have their own offensive issues, so a huge offensive output is not necessary for a Chargers victory.
The division is more up for grabs than previously thought as Patrick Mahomes is dealing with an ankle injury that is clearly holding him back, and the Chiefs have major defensive issues (again). If the Chargers can sweep the Raiders, split with the Chiefs and win in Denver, they should be in good shape at a 4-2 division record. Sweeping the Chiefs would still be unlikely, as they haven’t achieved that feat in a very long time, so that 4-2 division record seems like it’s the best-case scenario right now.