5. Will the LA Chargers make the 7 team AFC playoffs?
Faustino Felix: They might. This will be a weird year, in which 8-8 might be enough to make the playoffs. The Chargers have a strong roster with an improved O-line, a conservative quarterback and a strong defense. That spells 8-8 for me and should things go their way, that might be enough to get the 7th seed.
Steven Haglund: I really want to say yes. Having that extra spot certainly makes it a plausible outcome, but I think losing James effectively accounts for at least one more loss. I had them at 9-7 before the injury, so unfortunately I don’t have them making the playoffs without James.
Devon Auriemma: Yes. The Chargers have a favorable schedule this season and with their defense, they can definitely make the expanded playoffs. The defense should perform and if the offense can put points on the board, this team will make the playoffs.
Alexander Insdorf: Maybe it’s the smell of football in the air drugging me with optimism, but I’ll say yes. My original record prediction for the Chargers was 10-6. The Derwin James injury makes me think they’ll finish 9-7 or 8-8. In a relatively weak AFC though, I think the Chargers can make a playoff push with a strong defense and fewer turnovers.
Jason Reed: I lean towards no. I hate their schedule and I just think the teams with consistency and carryover are going to dominate the first five games of the season and by that point, we are already a third of the way in.
I see them in the hunt right at 8-8. Could it happen if another AFC team drops the ball? Absolutely.