3. The LA Chargers face relatively easy pass defenses
Pictured above is an elite defense in the Washington Football Team. While the LA Chargers open the season with a test on the road, the team does not play many great defenses in 2021. Things chance year-over-year but based on last year’s numbers, the Chargers have to be feeling confident.
Out of the 14 different opponents that the Chargers face in 2021 only three had a pass defense in the top 10 last season. Washington, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and maybe Denver are the only defenses to really worry about next season. That accounts for less than a quarter of the season.
Both Las Vegas and Kansas City have subpar pass defenses with Vegas being the worst of the two. And while Gus Bradley is the former DC of the LA Chargers, it is safe to say that he is not going to reinvent the wheel for the Raiders.
Minnesota had one of the worst pass defenses in the league last season and an old Patrick Peterson is not going to change that. Dallas had one of the worst defenses in the league and is not much better, Houtson is a dumpster fire, Cincy is not great, Philly is going to be one of the worst teams in the league and Cleveland was poor last season but did make some additions.
New England and New York deserve respect, but are beatable.
The Chargers have a pretty easy run at things when it comes to defenses that Justin Herbert has to face. That will obviously help the offensive numbers.