LA Chargers schedule prediction, Weeks 4-6:
Week 4 vs. Las Vegas Raiders (MNF)
This is going to be a fun one. SoFi Stadium under the lights on Monday Night Football (with Chargers fans, not Rams fans) for the first time. The Chargers and Raiders are going to play two close football games in 2021 and this one is not going to be the big offensive day that you want from Justin Herbert.
Former Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will slow Herbert down but Brandon Staley’s defense will be able to stifle Derek Carr as they target Darren Waller with Derwin James. It’s close, but the Chargers pull away with the victory on primetime.
21-16 LA Chargers
Week 5 vs. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are an interesting team. Last year they were a bit of fool’s gold, making the playoffs despite having a -11 point differential on the season. However, they then went in and stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers and played the Kansas City Chiefs really tough.
The team has made great additions to the defensive side of the football and has a great run game. I am not sure if it will hold up all year, quite frankly, but they do what they need to do in this game to keep Justin Herbert off the field and the offense at bay, winning it in overtime.
20-17 (OT), Cleveland Browns
Week 6 at Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are probably the most disrespected Super Bowl contender in the league. All it took was a few bad weeks and NFL pundits were already ready to give up on Lamar Jackson and this offense after Jackson won the MVP the year prior.
Do the Ravens need to add more passing in order to fight off redundancy and beat teams in the playoffs? Yes. Is it still an effective offensive style to play, particularly early in the season? Also, yes.
The Chargers and Ravens battle in the game of the week. Justin Herbert and the offense get a chance to tie the game down eight on the road but fall short in field-goal range.
35-27, Baltimore Ravens
LA Chargers’ record thus far: 3-3