The Los Angeles Chargers finished the 2021 season with a 9-8 record, which was good for third place in the AFC West. They failed to make the playoffs after losing their season finale to the rival Raiders. They are hoping to get back in the playoffs for the first time since 2019 this season and oddsmakers seem to like their chances with their Super Bowl 2023 odds set at +2000.
Los Angeles averaged 27.9 points per game last season, which was fifth in the league, but they struggled defensively, giving up 27 points per game.
Quarterback Justin Herbert improved on his rookie campaign, completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 5,014 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in his second season. Austin Ekeler led the team in rushing with 911 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Mike Williams and Keenan Allen had over 1,000 receiving yards apiece.
With their core returning this season, their offense will be just as good if not better this season.
The Chargers made a big splash defensively, trading for former Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who will help take pressure away from Joey Bosa. They added former Baylor safety JT Woods, former UCLA defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia, and former Wake Forest cornerback Ja’Sir Taylor in the draft.
Los Angeles Chargers Season Preview
With the additions to their defense, the Chargers will be a tough team to beat this season because they have an offense that can keep up with the best of them. With the Chiefs losing a player like Tyreke Hill, they likely won’t be as potent offensively as they have been since Patrick Mahomes became their starter, so don’t be surprised to see the Chargers give the Chiefs a run for the division title this season, but don’t expect them to finish better than second in what is looking like the toughest division in the league.