10-6 was my prediction prior to the official schedule coming out when the opponents were known. Looking at the order of the schedule now, it still sounds about right.
There’s a lot of changes that are taking place on the team this year, and it’s understandable as to why fans are skeptical. Not everyone believes in Taylor as the starting quarterback. The fan base is pretty divided on Justin Herbert as well, not that he’s all that likely to play this year.
It’s reasonable to be skeptical of Taylor. He hasn’t been a starting quarterback for a meaningful period of time since 2017. But for what it’s worth, this is also the best roster that Taylor has ever worked with. From the weapons on offense to the nasty secondary of the defense, he’s never had a better team around him.
When looking at a range that the Chargers could fall in, it could be anywhere between 7-9 and 12-4. 10-6 tends to be in the middle of that. 9-7 is also pretty reasonable if the Chargers manage to lose an extra divisional game. With the Chiefs as the clear cut favorites in the division, the Chargers will likely be battling for one of the three wildcard slots in the NFL’s new playoff format.
If the Chargers keep turnovers down and take the defense to an even higher level with some of the key additions they’ve made, they’ll be much better than they were in 2019. I’m not quite sure that they’ll reach the regular season heights of 2018, but it’s reasonable to believe they’ll fall somewhere in the middle.
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