The LA Chargers schedule for the 2021 season has been officially released and we now know who, when and where the Chargers will be playing throughout the 18-week NFL schedule.
We have already had our fun with the schedule here at Bolt Beat and there is plenty more coverage where that came from. We have talked about trap games, quarterback rankings and even predicted all 17 games on the schedule.
Today, we look at the best defenses that Justin Herbert and the LA Chargers have to face.
We are bringing you the top five defenses that the LA Chargers will play in 2021 and quite frankly, outside of the top five, the Chargers caught a fairly good break as they play some pretty bad defenses.
Teams like Cleveland, Dallas and maybe even Las Vegas should get better defensively, but overall, the Chargers do not have many challenging defenses to come up against.
There might not be many, but there are still some very good ones. Let’s get into it.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
This might be a surprising addition to the list but the Philadelphia Eagles actually had a sneaky good defense last year. The team ranked in the bottom third in points allowed per game last season but a big reason for that was the constant turnovers and short fields created by Carson Wentz.
The Philly defense ranked sixth in overall defensive efficiency, according to Sharp Football Analysis.
In terms of defensive DVOA, the Eagles clocked in right around league average at 15th in the league.
The Eagles very well could have a top 10 defense in the NFL next season. They did not lose many players and there were some players who underperformed last year. Darius Slay took a step back for the Eagles and if he can return to at least Pro Bowl form then they are in really good shape.
This is a team that can generate pressure on the passer without having to rush too many with the potential of having an above-average secondary.
But is the defense good enough to make up for the offense? Probably not.