Much of the Chargers’ season outlook is ultimately going to depend on health. As laid out previously, they have had more key players miss games than arguably any other team right now. That doesn’t change the fact that they have dug themselves into quite a hole. Many of us here at Bolt Beat predicted the Chargers would go 11-5 or 10-6 before the season. 11-5 is highly unlikely at this point, as it would mean the team would have to go 9-1 over the final 10 games. To get to 10 wins, which only 14 percent of the 800-plus surveyed Chargers fans predicted in the poll, the team would have to go 8-2 over the teams final 10 games.
We’ve seen this team go on great season ending runs before, even as recently as 2017 after starting 0-4. But reaching more than nine wins seems unlikely at this point. Finishing with a 9-7 record, just like they did in 2017, is doable, especially if they can finish with the 4-2 division record as previously laid out. This seems like the best-case scenario for the Chargers, and it just might be good enough to help them sneak into the playoffs again. This team has the talent to bounce back and push for a playoff spot.
That being said, if the Chargers are still expecting to make that happen they absolutely have to win this Sunday. If 9-7 is the goal they can only lose three more games on the season. Getting Okung back just in time could be just the boost they need to push for that final playoff spot.