I Look At The Chargers' 08 Schedule And See 12 Wins

There's no doubt the Chargers are one of the NFL's elite teams. Loaded with star power, the Bolts are nasty on defense and high-powered on offense. There are few teams in the league that can match up with the talent on San Diego's roster.

Since the organization turned itself around in 2004, the Chargers have complied an impressive 46-18 regular season record. The only teams with better regular season records over the past four years are the Indianapolis Colts (51-13) and the New England Patriots (52-12).

This year, the second under Head Coach Norv Turner, the Chargers will be looking to improve across the board. The Bolts had a shaky start last season so you gotta figure they'd like to start fast in 2008.

Lets have a look at the Chargers schedule and try to predict their win/loss record for the '08 season:

Sept 7 CAROLINA 1:15 pm (This win is sewed up)
Sept 14 @ Denver 1:15 pm (Another win)
Sept 22 NY JETS 5:30 pm (Mark up a win)
Sept 28 @ Oakland 1:05 pm (Guaranteed win)
Oct 5 @ Miami 10:00 am (This could actually be a tough game)
Oct 12 NEW ENGLAND 5:15 pm (Too tough to call)
Oct 19 @ Buffalo 10:00 am (Chargers play well in Buffalo)
Oct 26 @ New Orleans 10:00 am (London) (Super Bowl type game...it'll be tough)
Nov 2 BYE (Chargers will need this bye week badly)
Nov 9 KANSAS CITY 1:15 pm (Slam dunk win)
Nov 16 @ Pittsburgh 1:15 pm (Ouch)
Nov 23 INDIANAPOLIS 5:15 pm (Chargers match up too well...but still not an easy win)
Nov 30 ATLANTA 1:05 pm (Lock)
Dec 4 OAKLAND 5:15 pm (Another lock)
Dec 14 @ Kansas City 10:00 am (Hmmm...this one could be rough)
Dec 21 @ Tampa Bay 5:15 pm (Chargers will have to travel far for this one)
Dec 28 DENVER 1:15 pm (Lets close out the season with a win)

So the way I see it, there are seven guaranteed wins on this schedule - by that I mean could play the second stringers all year long and still win seven games. Of course, there are also about nine tough games the Chargers will have to play. If you figure the Chargers make out on the winning end more often than not in those games, then that gives you another five wins. So I think a 12-4 record is very realistic.

12-4 means the Chargers will have to play some playoff games to get to the big dance. They probably wont have the luxury of first round byes and such. But no matter; ask General Manager AJ Smith and he'll tell you "just get in the tournament, and make some noise once you get there."

So my prediction for the year? 12-4 regular season, AFC West Champions, third seed in the AFC, Super Bowl XLIII Champions! What your prediction? Does anyone want to go on record with a prediction? Let's have it!

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Boltz4Life said... Jul 1, 2008, 10:39:00 AM

16-0 is more like it! GO CHARGERS!!

Anonymous said... Jul 5, 2008, 12:46:00 PM

lets torch that cocky patriot record and go the whole season without a loss and do it with class and showmanship...


Anonymous said... Jul 5, 2008, 3:16:00 PM

16-0 is entirely possible if the Chargers stay healthy and want it bad enough. We only have 10 players 30 years and older so there's a good set of veterans to keep the young and outstanding players egos in check. I think more seasoned veterans was a great choice this offseason seeing as to how we've rocked the house in the draft these past 4 years. It's the Chargers year. The Chargers only weaknesses are depth issues at D-line, O-line and secondary. Otherwise, the Chargers are still the best team in the NFL. Now they just need to win. My personal prediction: 15-1 with a Super Bowl XLII victory. That one loss will be to the Patriots to tease them into thinking they still have our number. Perfect season is not perfect unless there's a championship involved.

Anonymous said... Jul 5, 2008, 3:20:00 PM

P.S. A 10-6 with a Super Bowl victory is closer to perfection than a 16-0 with a Super Bowl loss.

Anonymous said... Jul 5, 2008, 3:42:00 PM

I say 16-0. The Chargers really have the talent they need to win it all. Now they just have to pull it off. Although, a lot depends on how well of a season LT has.

james said... Jul 8, 2008, 3:42:00 PM

I see my Chargers going 13-3 during the regular season and winning a first round bye. Then, they gain revenge against the Pats in the league championship game. This is the year! Believe in NOW. Superbowl: Chargers 27 Cowboys 24

Anonymous said... Jul 10, 2008, 3:31:00 PM

raider nation will own "roider nation" (merriman and crew). I'm a non-partisan fan on the NFC EAST (a real division you silly chuckleheads)

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