Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
3. The LA Chargers to avoid the injury bug as much as possible
There will be injuries this season. Injuries are impossible to avoid so be ready for the LA Chargers to lose some impactful players for weeks at a time. Expecting a team to stay fully healthy in football is like expecting there to never be any unhappy superstars in basketball. It always happens.
However, it can happen at various levels depending on a team’s luck and the LA Chargers have been hit hard in recent years. Derwin James has not played a full season since 2018, Keenan Allen dealt with some lingering issues last year, Mike Williams is seemingly always dealing with something and Joey Bosa missed time as well.
The offensive line was banged up, which made it even worse on top of already being bad. Austin Ekeler missed a big chunk of the season. Drue Tranquill got hurt early in Week 1 and missed the entire season. You get the point.
Charger fans just want to see a mostly healthy version of this team for most of the season to see what they are truly capable of. In particular, fans want to see the superstars stay healthy. If James, Herbert, Allen, Ekeler and Bosa can all play 17 games then the Chargers have a really good chance of making the playoffs.
Will one of them miss some time? Probably, but the hope is that the injuries the team does run into are minor, not something that is going to cause one of those stars to miss the entire season.
The LA Chargers have some control over this, but really, sometimes it comes down to being lucky or unlucky. Let’s hope the Bolts are lucky this year.