The LA Chargers do not seem to appeal to the casual NFL fan.
The NFL season is right around the corner and the excitement to see the LA Chargers back in action is through the roof. This has felt like the longest offseason in NFL history and finally we get to see the Bolts don their beautiful new uniforms — albeit in front of no live crowd.
While every football fan is undoubtedly excited for the return of football, it does not appear that the casual NFL fan is excited to watch any LA Chargers games. Despite being in the newest stadium in football and having the best uniforms (and some huge names), the Chargers are not in the limelight.
As part of FanSided’s yearly NFL season preview, Dustin Baker ranked the top 30 games from the entire 2020 season. The rankings were in chronological order and the most compelling games from the season were included.
The LA Chargers did not have a single game included even though the Bolts have two primetime games on tap. In Week 5 the Chargers take on the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football and in Week 9 they take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday Night Football.
Which LA Chargers games would we have included?
If asked our input, we absolutely would have put the Chargers-Saints game on that list. I know that it is not a conventional matchup that we see all the time but there is some history there.
Drew Brees is likely in the last year of his career and takes on the tea that drafted him on primetime for the last time. That is a really fun narrative and while the Saints will be heavily favored, the Chargers can easily make Brees’ night a long one with their pass rush.
I don’t think I would have put the Raiders game in there just because it is Thursday Night Football, however, I would add the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Week 4. Tom Brady hosting the team that he almost signed with? That is pretty compelling.
The LA Chargers are not the most popular team in the league and we are not going to pretend like they are, so we totally get how it is easy to leave them out of these lists. But there is a lot of talent on this team and they very well could be one of those teams that are just fun to watch.
The game against the Saints, the game against the Bucs and then a late-season game, perhaps against the Denver Broncos, that has playoff implications.
If I could add any Chargers games to the list of the top 30 games of 2020, those would be the games that I would add.