Chargers schedule prediction, Week 3-5:
Week 3 vs Jacksonville Jaguars: 35-14 Win
The Jaguars cannot get much worse than they have been the last two seasons and they should undoubtedly be better in 2022 with Doug Pederson running the show instead of Urban Meyer. The Meyer experience was as big of a disaster as a head coach hire can be.
Trevor Lawrence should bounce back for a nice second season but the supporting cast around him still is not great. I do think the Jags are going to be several wins better than people expect in the really thin AFC South but they are not going to be able to beat teams like the Chargers, especially on the road.
Week 4 at Houston Texans: 28-10 Win
The Chargers get the added motivation of this being a revenge game from the extremely ugly loss late last season that ultimately kept the team out of the playoffs. Sure, the Chargers were dealing with COVID-19 issues in that game but there is still no reason why they should have lost. It was unacceptable.
The Houston Texans are a bad football team that will probably end up having the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. That extra motivation of losing last year’s game against the Texans in the same building will keep this from being a trap game for the Chargers, who walk away with a huge win on the road.
Week 5 at Cleveland Browns: 24-12 Win
While there is no official word on whether or not Deshaun Watson will serve a suspension, if he does, there is a good chance that he will not be playing in this game. Could it be a four-game suspension? Sure. But if the league does levy a suspension it feels like it would be six games or more but that is mere speculation.
Cleveland is still a tough place to play so the Chargers won't go insane on the offensive side of the ball but they should be able to comfortably beat the Browns with Jacoby Brissett under center. The Chargers will be up 24-6 and the Browns will get a touchdown late, going for two and missing.