The AFC West is the toughest division in football yet it still seems like the LA Chargers are destined to win the division after the killer offseason that they had. On paper, the Bolts are one of the most talented teams in the league and are the most talented team in the AFC West.
Overall talent does not win football games, though, as it also comes down to game-planning and capitalizing on specific advantages. The Bolts have advantages over every team in the AFC West, including the Denver Broncos.
And these are areas where there is a big difference that the Bolts can capitalize on. While Justin Herbert is now a better quarterback than Russell Wilson, Wilson is still elite so it is not like the Bolts have some distinct advantage there.
Here are 3 distinct advantages the LA Chargers have over the Denver Broncos:
The Denver Broncos are similar to the LA Chargers from the last two years in the sense that they have the star power to turn heads but they don't really have the depth on the roster to get through a rough patch.
Granted, if the Broncos can avoid dealing with a big injury bug then they don't even have to worry about this and can rely on their star players. But of any elite team (not counting the Raiders), they are the most susceptible to allowing one or two injuries to derail their season.
Obviously, it is hard for any team to overcome big injuries but if one of Patrick Surtain or Bradley Chubb was to get hurt then the Broncos would be in serious trouble and would have to go into problem-solving mode.
The Bolts were like that, particularly last season, and really focused on adding depth to the roster this offseason in order to help fix that issue. While there are still depth issues in some areas, it is not nearly as bad as it was before.