Chargers: Predicting AFC West standings, final records in 2023

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The 2023 NFL schedule is officially out and we have already taken our turn at predicting the outcome in every single game for the LA Chargers. While it looks like a tough schedule on paper, it is doable for the Bolts.

But what about the rest of the AFC West? A team's record isn't the only thing that factors into a playoff berth. It also matters how the rest of the division finishes and where they fit into the grander playoff picture puzzle.

The 2022 season was disappointing for the AFC West, which was hyped up as the best division in recent NFL history. Here is how we see things shaking out in 2023.

4. Las Vegas Raiders, 6-11

The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off of a 6-11 season and the team did not really do all that much to improve this offseason. Vegas got worse at the quarterback position by going from Derek Carr to Jimmy Garoppolo and didn't really address all of the needs that needed to be addressed.

Sure, they added weapons like DeAndre Carter and Michael Mayer but is that going to be enough to offset a bad offensive line and a disappointing defense? Vegas' secondary was really bad last season and the team really hasn't done much of anything to improve it.

We have the Raiders finishing with the exact same record as last season. The team has a really tough start to the schedule and could end up 0-4. They will shock some teams that are favorites down the stretch to keep it from being really bad but a 6-7 finish will give them a final record of 6-11.