LA Chargers’ Weeks 15 and 16:
Week 15: @ Las Vegas Raiders
My gut feeling is that the Chargers split the season series with the Raiders. A season sweep like in 2018 would be awesome, but I don’t think the talent gap between the teams is nearly as wide as it once was. The Raiders are building to something good, even though it’s not quite a finished product yet.
Even though there are no fans, the Raiders might be tough to beat at home. Las Vegas has given them significantly better training facilities and resources than Oakland ever did. Even though the Raiders usually slump towards the end of the year under Gruden, this feels like a year they could surge at the right time. Or, get blown out 34-3 by a team like the Jets again.
LA Chargers record: 8-6
Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos
I also have the Chargers splitting with the Broncos, so they get the win after the earlier loss in Denver. They were close to splitting the season series even when they were playing their worst football last year, so it feels like both games will be fairly competitive this year.
A matchup to watch with Denver in both games-how does Denver’s secondary deal with Allen? This is a pivotal question for me, especially considering that Denver lost Harris to the Chargers. A.J. Bouye has been OK in the last few years, but Bryce Callahan and Michael Ojemudia seem like variables to me. Losing an elite Allen defender could really come back to bite Denver when it comes to facing the Bolts.
LA Chargers record: 9-6