LA Chargers’ Weeks 5 and 6:
Week 5: @ New Orleans Saints
This primetime game is probably the most attractive matchup the Chargers have on their schedule, outside of the division at least. Back to back to back games against the NFC South is a weird scheduling choice, but the Chargers complete that stretch here in the Superdome.
This game isn’t as intimidating as it once was. While the Saints may have some fans for this game, it won’t be anywhere close to the 75,000 fans that were expected when the schedule was originally made. Losing home field in a primetime game is a big deal, especially with how tough it usually is for opposing teams to play there.
That being said, I still think the Saints pull this one out in New Orleans. Their offense became even deeper in the offseason with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders. Their defense got reloaded with pieces like Malcolm Jenkins and Zack Baun as well. The Chargers can win this game, but it’s a little too tough for them to go back and forth with the Saints’ loaded roster in my opinion.
LA Chargers record: 3-2
Week 6: vs. New York Jets
While I have the Chargers going 1-1 in the Bucs and Saints games, it’s very possible they could go 0-2. If that’s the case, this game against the Jets becomes a must-win affair. Frankly, even if they don’t lose those games, you still have to beat one of the easiest teams on your schedule.
The Jets have pulled upsets before. My wallet remembers the upset they pulled against the Cowboys last year. The development of the defense and Sam Darnold will really determine how far New York can go in 2020.
If this game was at MetLife Stadium, it could very well be a 1:00 PM east coast letdown for the Chargers. On the road though, I just don’t think the Jets can pull it off until I see more from Adam Gase in year two. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler are matchup nightmares for any young defensive units across the league.
LA Chargers record: 4-2