Week 2 at Tennessee Titans - WIN
Talent-wise, you would think that the Tennesee Titans are primed to be one of the worst teams in the league. However, they still have a really great coaching infrastructure and while he is past his prime, Derrick Henry can still carry this offense when the going gets tough.
That being said, the Chargers already proved last season that they can put together a great game plan to beat Henry and the Titans. Sure, this game is going to be on the road but with an improved (and hopefully healthy) offensive line, the Chargers should be able to give Herbert a clean pocket to make it impossible for Tennesee to keep up scoring-wise.
Tennessee seemingly doesn’t even know who its starting quarterback will be when these two teams play. That is always a great sign.
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings - WIN
The Minnesota Vikings might have been the worst 13-win team in NFL history last season. That was evident in the playoffs when the Vikings lost to a New York Giants team that was completely underqualified and made the playoffs because of good coaching (with not that much talent).
The NFC North is wide open this season (which is good for the Chargers as that means there is not a dominant team) and the Vikings have to be one of the favorites to fall down the standings and miss the playoffs.
Minnesota is not going to have the luxury of an easy schedule in 2023 and while the Chargers will be on the road, the Vikings have to deal with an indoor Justin Herbert that should be able to tear this Minnesota defense apart. After all, Kellen Moore’s Cowboys dropped 40 on the Vikings last season.