3 distinct advantages the LA Chargers have over the Denver Broncos

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2. The offensive line

The LA Chargers have really put an emphasis on rebuilding the offensive line over the last two seasons. Seeing Justin Herbert get absolutely abused in the pocket in his rookie season was enough for Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco to really kick things into overdrive.

The result is an offensive line that has four brand-new starters that were not on the team two years ago, all of which are above-average to elite. The one lone spot that needs to be addressed is right tackle and even that might be better if Trey Pipkins can just be average.

One of the biggest storylines around Russell Wilson is that he got no help in Seattle. Russ has been pretty bad over his last 24 games played and most of the blame has been put on his offensive line there, even though he had some of the best weapons in the sport.

Don't get me wrong, the offensive line in Seattle was definitely bad. But every Broncos fan that acts like he is showing up to Denver to play behind some concrete wall is delusional. Denver certainly has a better offensive line than Seattle but that bar is not very high to cross.

Garrett Bolles is the best player on that offensive line and I would say he is around a league-average left tackle. Billy Turner is not very good on the right side and while Lloyd Cushenberry improved last year, he still isn't amazing.

Again, it is not a bad offensive line, but it is definitely one that a team like the Chargers can manipulate to get to the quarterback. Plus, just like other areas of the team, that line is 1-2 injuries away from being a disaster. Meanwhile, the Bolts have built much better depth.