Chargers Need a Boost in La-La Land

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Jason Lake

Sunday, May 7, 2017 10:03 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 7, 2017 10:03 PM UTC

The San Diego Chargers went 5-11 last year. The Los Angeles Chargers will probably do better this year, but they’re still a sketchy football pick for going OVER 7.5 wins.

You know the drill by now: The San Diego Chargers look good on paper at the beginning of the NFL season, then they suffer a ton of injuries on the offensive line and finish out of the playoffs. But the script has been changed for 2017. It’s the Los Angeles Chargers now, and they’ve come loaded for bear, drafting guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney in the first three rounds and snapping up former Denver Broncos tackle Russell Okung in free agency. Problem solved.

Well, maybe. We’ve still got the Chargers going 6-10 this year, which makes UNDER 7.5 a compelling choice for our 2016 NFL picks. The good news for L.A.’s newest team: They’ve got the easiest schedule in the AFC West, with a home game against the Cleveland Browns and an away games against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The bad news: They’re projected to lose all six divisional games. Behold:

Week 1: at Denver LOSS

Week 2: vs. Miami WIN

Week 3: vs. Kansas City LOSS

Week 4: vs. Philadelphia WIN

Week 5: at N.Y. Giants LOSS

Week 6: at Oakland LOSS

Week 7: vs. Denver LOSS

Week 8: at New England LOSS

Week 10: at Jacksonville LOSS

Week 11: vs. Buffalo WIN

Week 12: at Dallas LOSS

Week 13: vs. Cleveland WIN

Week 14: vs. Washington WIN

Week 15: at Kansas City LOSS

Week 16: at N.Y. Jets WIN

Week 17: vs. Oakland LOSS

Even this might be a little optimistic for the Chargers. Their Week 16 game against the Jets has already opened as a pick ‘em on the NFL odds board in Las Vegas. Then again, so has that Week 7 game against Denver, so there you go. If I were a stats wiz, I’m sure I could give you some probabilities for Los Angeles winning exactly six or seven or eight games; I suspect there wouldn’t be that much difference between those potential outcomes.

Anthony Lynn's first day on the field with the Chargers was more about who wasn't there than who was

— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 18, 2017

We should lean toward the UNDER in any case. The Chargers have a new head coach in Anthony Lynn, and while he’s a respected figure in the industry, this is his first crack at a full-time gig after serving as the interim head coach for the Buffalo Bills last year. Football programs tend to take a step back in their first year under a new head coach. Plus you’ve got that move to L.A., where they’ll play at a soccer stadium for a two years. Let us know when Year Three rolls around.


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