San Diego had a hard season in 2015. With a dwindling fan base, and poor attendance at home games, the Chargers could be excused for being less than enthusiastic on the home field. With a potential move to LA now pushed back to after next season, the Chargers could well suffer even worse than before for support, as they have already declared their intent to leave sunny San Diego for the city of Angels. So, how will they fare when it comes to the opposition on the field next season? HOME AWAY Broncos Broncos Chiefs Chiefs Raiders Raiders Jaguars Texans Titans Colts Saints Falcons Buccaneers Panthers Dolphins Browns
Nice & Easy
Tennessee Titans Do you know who had a worse season than San Diego? The Titans. Tennessee struggled against most opponents last season, and ended up level pegging with the Browns for first pick in the draft. If the Titans don’t do something drastic before the beginning of next season, 2016 could well go the same way 2015 went. The Chargers aren’t exactly setting the world on fire right now, but they should be able to handle the Titans, and get that win on the schedule.
Carolina Panthers This is going to be the game that the Chargers will be looking forward to the least this season. Most people aren’t going to want to go up against the Panthers, least of all teams that performed poorly last year. These guys are a physical team up and down the field, and the Chargers will most likely be overwhelmed. The only weakness that the Panthers have shown is complacency. They have given away complete shutouts, and lost games that they should have won, because they got cocky. There’s a slim sliver of hope in there, but the pessimist in me says this won’t end well for the Chargers.
Prime Time Potential
Denver Broncos Going against the Broncos is always going to be the big game for the Chargers. The Broncos are the big boys of the conference, and they need to bring the best they have to stand a chance. With Denver going off to fight the Patriots for a shot at the SuperBowl this year, they are going to come back covered in glory. These games will be a chance for the Chargers to get some of that glory to rub off on them. In the unlikely event that they manage to walk away with a win against Denver, the Chargers would do very well to make up for some of the negative attitude that they get in their home town. Next season will be hard for the Chargers. With the move looming over them, the home crowds could get even thinner, and the fact that the ink isn’t on the contract will make them nervous. Especially with the Raiders eyeing up their spot if anything goes wrong. On the field they have got to face some big teams, and it will be a hard schedule for them to get a positive win ratio out of. If they manage to pick up a decent couple of players in the draft, that could go some way to bolstering their position, but will the draft contain the kind of players that they need?