Los Angeles Chargers: 3 Questions They Will Face In 2018
The Los Angeles Chargers came up just short of a playoff spot in 2017. So, what needs to happen for this talented roster to get to the playoffs in 2018? In 2017, the Chargers finished second in the AFC West with a 9-7 record. Due to tiebreakers with the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans, they did not get a spot in the playoffs, despite arguably being more talented. Heading into 2018, the Chargers are a favorite pick to be in the playoffs. The main reason for the last few seasons with this team not making it are injuries. This team has a top-tier defense and an offense led by old reliable Philip Rivers. To finally clinch a playoff spot, the Los Angeles Chargers will face these three questions in the 2018 season.
1. Can they improve their division record?
In 2016, the Chargers finished with a 5-11 record, going 1-5 against AFC West opponents. In 2017, the record improved to 9-7 and the division record improved to 3-3. The Los Angeles Chargers must get better within the division if they have aspirations of winning the division and being in the playoffs. No team is going to win a division going .500 against their rivals. This Los Angeles Chargers team just needs to win their 3 division home games and 1 away game to get what they need. If the Chargers can find a way to win in the division, they can very well see themselves in the playoffs in 2018.
2. Will the Los Angeles Chargers Kickers be a problem?
A huge issue in recent years for the Chargers has been the kicker position. Since 2016, the Los Angeles Chargers have had Josh Lambo, Younghoe Koo, Nick Rose, Travis Coons, and Nick Novak. Out of all these, Coons did the best with making 7 of 8 for 87.5 percent. Needless to say, none were good enough to keep their job. The Chargers for unknown reasons decided to sign Tampa Bay Buccaneers bust Robert Aguayo, giving him a last chance for his career. They also traded to get former Philadelphia Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis, expected to start in 2018. The Los Angeles Chargers lost multiple games due to kicking errors in the last two seasons and if something doesn’t change they will struggle on Sundays again this season. Will these moves be enough to bolster the kicking game in 2018?
3. Will injuries be the Chargers Achilles Heel?
Injury-plagued seasons have been the unfortunate reality for the Chargers in the last two seasons. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Forrest Lamp, Manti Te’o, and Denzel Perryman are just a few key players to hit the injured reserve in the last two years. Injuries are always a given in NFL football. However, it is uncommon for a team to be hit this hard by injuries every season. In 2016, the Los Angeles Chargers had 15 players spend the entire season on injured reserve. In 2017, the number was 5 but, bigger names. Players that missed time included Forrest Lamp, Denzel Perryman, Jason Verrett, and Mike Williams.
That is some pretty awful luck. In 2018 the injuries need to change, but it’s already off to a bad start with Hunter Henry out the entire season with a torn ACL. On top of that, Jason Verrett suffered a torn Achilles and is out for the entire season as well. Despite this bad start if the team stays somewhat healthy they can go far in 2018. That is a big if though.
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