Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
Even with no playoff chances, the last two games of the season still matter for the LA Chargers.
The LA Chargers were officially eliminated from the NFL Playoffs in the disappointing 45-0 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 13. While that was the official elimination point, every Charger fan knew that the playoffs were out of the question as the Bolts were 3-8 heading into that game.
The focus for Charger fans solely turned to the 2021 NFL Draft. The Chargers were 3-9 on the season, fresh off of the worst regular-season loss in team history and seemingly had a fast track to a top-five pick.
The Bolts had the fourth overall pick following Week 13. However, since then, the Chargers have won back-to-back games against the Atlanta Falcons and Las Vegas Raiders. With a 5-9 record, the Chargers now have the ninth selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
There is a lot of draft movement that is going to happen in the last two weeks of the season with so many of the bottom teams being so close in record. The number one tiebreaker for the draft order is the strength of schedule, but with so many close teams, we might dig deeper into the bag of tiebreakers.
A lot of different games will influence what happens to the Chargers’ draft position after Week 16. Let’s break down what may happen in a win, as well as what may happen in a loss.