NFL Team Preview- Los Angeles Chargers
Here’s a look at the team preview for the Los Angeles Chargers:
- Head Coach– Anthony Lynn
- Offensive Coordinator– Ken Whisenhunt
- Defensive Coordinator- Gus Bradley
- Special Teams– Gregory Stewart
ODDS TO WIN:
- AFC Championship- 8/1
- Super Bowl- 35/1
- Over/Under Win Totals- 9
Last 4 Season Win Totals:
- 2014- 9
- 2015- 4
- 2016- 5
- 2017- 9
Phillip Rivers has been around a long time. He has nearly 50,000 passing yards and is still going strong. He can find the open man and he takes care of the football. He currently has 192 consecutive starts. In the previous two seasons, he has 61 touchdowns and almost 9,000 yards passing. The backup will be a competition between Cardale Jones and Geno Smith.
Melvin Gordon was a top 10 rusher last year and he returns with some knee concerns. Austin Ekeler will return and be a different kind of runner than the other two. Fullback Derek Watt is available for some smash mouth football.
Keenan Allen was a Pro Bowler and the winner of the Comeback Player of the Year award. He caught 1,393 yards of passes and was on a wild, crazy catching streak during the year. Tyrell Williams will get more playing time as he averaged over eight yards per catch after the completion. Tight end Hunter Henry had 12 touchdown receptions in his first29 games.
Mike Pouncey was signed as the new center of the Chargers and Dan Feeney returns to play the left guard spot. Michael Schofield will likely be at the right guard position as Forrest Lamp will battle for a spot.
Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are certainly good anchors for this unit. Bosa forced 12.5 sacks and forced four fumbles. His contribution is needed again this year. Darius Philon and Damion Square will crowd the playing time on this squad. North Carolina product Justin Jones was taken in th NFL draft to contribute to this unit.
The run defense was next-to-last in 2017. Denzel Perryman was the lone contributor was his inside presence. Others in the playing rotation will be Jarvis Brown, Hayes Pullard, Kyle Emmanuel, and Korey Toomer. In the draft, the Chargers selected linebacker Uchenna Nwosu from USC to help solidify this unit.
Casey Hayward registered four interceptions and two fumble recoveries and he is back. Trevor Williams will return as his mate on the field. Look for Jason Verrett to return to form after a knee injury and first-round pick Derwin James will push them for a spot.
Caleb Sturgis was signed to help a bad kicking team from last season as was Roberto Aguayo. Desmond King will be the kickoff returner and Nick Dzubnar led the special teams with 21 tackles. Long snapper will be Mike Windt and Drew Kaser return for the punting job.
August 11-at Cardinals 7 PM
August 18- Seahawks 7 PM
August 25-Saints 5 PM
August 30- at 49’ers 7 PM
(all games Pacific time)
Sunday Sept. 9 Kansas City Chiefs Home 4:05 pm
Sunday Sept. 16 Buffalo Bills Away 1:00 pm
Sunday Sept. 23 Los Angeles Rams Away 4:05 pm
Sunday Sept. 30 San Francisco 49ers Home 4:25 pm
Sunday Oct. 7 Oakland Raiders Home 4:05 pm
Sunday Oct. 14 Cleveland Browns Away 8:20 pm
Sunday Oct. 21 Tennessee Titans Home 9:30 am
Sunday BYE WEEK
Sunday Nov. 4 Seattle Seahawks Away 4:05 pm
Sunday Nov. 11 Oakland Raiders Away 4:05 pm
Sunday Nov. 18 Denver Broncos Home 4:05 pm
Sunday Nov. 25 Arizona Cardinals Home 4:05 pm
Sunday Dec. 2 Pittsburgh Steelers Away 1:00 pm
Sunday Dec. 9 Cincinnati Bengals Home 4:05 pm
Thursday Dec. 13 Kansas City Chiefs Away 8:20 pm
Sunday Dec. 23 Baltimore Ravens Home 4:05 pm
Sunday Dec. 30 Denver Broncos Away 4:25 pm
President/CEO- Dean A Spanos
General Manager- Tom Telesco
Stadium- StubHub Center