1-1, 2nd AFC West
Can Los Angeles Avoid Further Injury Problems? - Seemingly it is year after year the Chargers suffer major injuries, and it has already happened in 2018. Hunter Henry and Jason Verrett are both going to miss the season. Henry is a big loss, while they will be able to cover with their strong cornerback depth for Verrett. With Keenan Allen and Mike Williams having injury issues, they are always red flags when it comes to injuries. The Chargers are always on the verge of being a strong team, but once again injuries and poor decisions derail the team. Hopefully this can be a different year for the Chargers, as the roster has more than enough to make some noise.
Will Austin Ekeler Have A Bigger Role? - The Chargers have been using backs like Austin Ekeler over the last few seasons, as Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead were widely used within the offense. Austin Ekeler fits that mold, and his time with the Chargers brought similarities to those offenses featuring the other two. They did add Justin Jackson through the draft, but he is a different type of back than Ekeler. He will likely sit third on the depth chart, while Ekeler works himself in on passing downs, but also a change of pace back. If Gordon goes down, Jackson suits more as a first and second down back.
With Hunter Henry Done, Is This Position A Wasteland? - Antonio Gates was chasing records over the last few seasons, and was basically nonexistent in between the 20s. Gates was a red zone threat, and has found his way back with the Chargers given the injury problems. Gates is a 38-year-old tight end, and it will certainly look like it. They don’t have much depth behind him with Virgil Green and Sean Culkin. The Chargers will be looking at their running game, but also the abundance of wide receivers that they have. Tight end will likely hardly be used with the players they have currently on the roster in LA.
Will Los Angeles Cross The Ten Win Mark? - The Chargers continuously find themselves in the 7-to-9 win range, and despite the team continuing to get better, the Chargers are projected for around that mark again. It is a wide open AFC West, which means taking care of business within the division is going to be key. They are certainly the most complete team of the group, but that hasn’t meant success. Looking at the out of division games against the Bills, 49ers, Browns, Titans, Seahawks, Cardinals, Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals, this is a group they should be able to win over half their games against. The stronger teams are tossups at this point.
Can Philip Rivers Keep Things Going At Age 36? - While Philip Rivers won’t find himself among the elite quarterbacks in the game these days, he still remains very viable. Rivers completed over 60% of his passes, and finished with over 4,500 yards. His touchdowns were also around the 28 mark. He continues to post strong numbers and has all of the weapons around him to do more of the same. The pass attempts last season ranked 8th, which was the highest in the last three years. They also took a major jump in yards per play, ranking fourth. This continues to be a good situation for Rivers, and we are unlikely to see a slow down.