Do you think the Chargers should be the NFL odds favorites to win the AFC West?Charger land is in a state of controversy this offseason. The team brought back Norv Turner, much to the dismay of the fan base. San Diego has been loaded with talent over the last several seasons, but they never seem to get over the hump. They missed the playoffs last season, and now they have Peyton Manning in their division.
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Phillip Rivers will obviously be the most important Charger this season. The team is in his hands, and with the defense being way below average last season and probably this season, Rivers and the Chargers’ offense will have to be key. The Chargers lost Vincent Jackson to the Bucs, and now Rivers will have to rely on a banged up and old Antonio Gates, and a wealth of young receivers.
The Chargers did add Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal to their receiving core, but I’m afraid it won’t be enough. The Chargers don’t have anyone who can demand double coverage, and with the talented secondaries in Denver and Kansas City, I don’t see the Chargers winning the air battles a whole lot.
Obviously the health and production of Ryan Matthews will be key as well. If Matthews can have the season we all know he is capable of having, he could very well lead the NFL in rushing. If Matthews plays in all 16 games, the Chargers will be in great shape.
I don’t think the Chargers will win their division, but they have a shot at the playoffs. With Rivers and Matthews healthy and playing well, this offense is dangerous. The question is, will their defense step up?
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