LA Chargers: Early game-by-game 2020 record prediction
Week 15: @ Las Vegas Raiders
The Vegas thing probably won’t stop being weird to me. I definitely didn’t just scroll back up and edit the vs. Oakland Raiders section. All kidding aside, this will be the first time the Chargers visit the Raiders in Vegas. It’s also going to be the second Chargers’ primetime game of the year.
This kicks off an important final stretch for the Chargers in which they run the AFC West gauntlet for three games in a row. This is similar to the Week 10-13 stretch last season, but much more potent with no bye week and considering the timing in the season.
My gut feeling with the Raiders is that the Chargers split the season series, so I’ll give the Chargers the win here. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong last year, and while that could happen again, the Chargers should beat the Raiders at least once if they limit turnovers.
Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos
As with the Raiders, they split with the Broncos. The LA Chargers probably would’ve won one game against the Broncos last year if it isn’t for an absolutely bogus pass interference penalty as Hayward was covering Courtland Sutton.
Despite the bad record in divisional games last year, they were all pretty close except the first Broncos game in Los Angeles. They had better luck in the division in 2018, so with the roster they have, it’s just hard to believe they’ll really goose egg the division again. They’ll fall somewhere in the middle of 0-6 and 4-2, which brings us to the final game.
Week 17: @ Kansas City Chiefs
Relatively speaking, I felt good about giving the Chargers the earlier win against the Chiefs. The team will be healthy and psyched to play in the new stadium with the talent they have. As stacked as the Chiefs are though, there’s no way that the Chargers take two games off them, as fun as it would be. That brings the Chargers’ final 2020 record to…