The Los Angeles Chargers head into the 2019 season with some high expectations as some believe the team has the deepest roster in football.
The Los Angeles Chargers have never won a Super Bowl and have only appeared in one Super Bowl in franchise history, which was a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.
This year, it appears as if the Chargers have their best chance to win a Super Bowl since LaDainian Tomlinson was in his prime and the team went 14-2 in 2006. While the team ultimately fell in the postseason, that was one of the few times in franchise history where the Chargers were the believable favorites.
That is how the 2019 season is feeling as we sit a few months out of the regular season. While there are other great teams in the league, it is not crazy to think that the Chargers should be one of the favorites or even the favorite from the AFC side.
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Los Angeles has a deep roster with a quarterback that just needs that one Super Bowl to rightfully go down as one of the best of all-time. There is a plethora of offensive weapons and a well-rounded, young, defense that is turnover hungry.
The excitement levels should be at an all-time high for Charger fans. However, with it being the Chargers and all, it is completely understandable if some fans holdout on the excitement until they see the team in action. The Chargers are known for underperforming and coming up short.
For those that are holding out on the excitement, the time when you can finally get excited about this team is five weeks into the 2019 season. At that point, we will know exactly how good the Los Angeles Chargers are going to be in 2019 based on how the games shake out.
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The Chargers start the season against the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. The Lions and Dolphins will be hosting the Chargers, as the team is at home for the other three games.
In that slate of five games, the Chargers have two playoff-caliber teams at home, the Colts and Texans, an in-between, tough division rival in the Denver Broncos and two should-be pushover teams on the road, the Lions and the Dolphins.
That is a wide array of talent the Chargers are facing and how the team plays in each of these games will show the true identity. If the Chargers are true Super Bowl contenders, the team should go 4-1 in the first five with one of the losses preferably being against the Colts or Texans.
It all depends on how the games go as well. If the Chargers are 3-2 by a freak ending against, say, the Broncos then there should be no reason to panic. However, if they are 3-2 with two blowout losses against the Colts and Texans then it might be time to worry.
If the team is under .500 then it would be hard to get excited about the rest of the year. Yes, they can turn it around and the Chargers are prone to slow starts, but if they want to be that dominant Super Bowl contender then they must avoid the slow start.
If the team goes a perfect 5-0 then they should be atop the NFL’s power rankings. The Rams and Saints would probably top the Chargers if one of the teams is 5-0 as they have tougher starts than the Chargers, but LA should be no lower than third with a 5-0 start.
Beating playoff-caliber teams at home, even if there is no home-field advantage, is key for the Chargers. Beating pushover teams, even on the road, is what a dominant team is supposed to do.
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If it was an extremely easy or extremely challenging start then it would not be as indicative for the team. However, because of the variety of opponents in the first five weeks, we will know exactly how good the Los Angeles Chargers are on October 6.