The Chargers, thanks in large part to being knocked out of the playoffs so early, have their 2020 opponents set. Let’s take a look at who they face.
The Chargers faced a tough slate of games in 2019, a main reason many predicted there would be a slight drop in wins following a 12-4 season. Now that the Chargers are out of the playoffs as a five-win team in last place in the AFC West, their 2020 opponents have been set.
Does the year to come look more promising than the disappointment that was this past season? Let’s take a look.
According to ESPN’s Eric Williams, here are their opponents:
Home: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Falcons, Jets, Panthers, Patriots, Jaguars
Away: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Bills, Buccaneers, Dolphins, Saints, Bengals
That looks manageable.
The Falcons, Jets, Panthers, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Bengals have 27 wins among them. The Buccaneers are off-and-on, and the Chargers seem to perform well against the Bills.
The biggest non-division games are against the Patriots and Saints, who are likely Super Bowl contenders once more in 2020. How their aging quarterbacks hold up is something to monitor.
What it ultimately comes down to are the games the Chargers knew they would play regardless of this season’s outcome: The division games. The AFC West has beaten up the Chargers quite a bit this season, and it looks like they’ll be swept by the all three teams following a loss to the Chiefs.
The Chargers could benefit from their home schedule as well. In Carson, the Chargers have (of course) gone 11-11 at home. That home slate of games doesn’t look too intimidating, and a solid 6-2 record or better in their new stadium can start to improve their image in Los Angeles.