Every week, we state a case for why the Chargers will win and why they will lose. This week, I’m feeling optimistic so we are leading off with three reasons why they will win.
The Denver Broncos are led by one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the National Football League. As you aready know, there is no position in the sport that is anywhere near as important as quarterback. Even if you have an advantage at nearly every other position, having a terrible quarterback can still completely derail your chances of winning. Starting quarterbacks don’t come much more terrible than Siemian, so that’s a pretty big advantage for the Los Angeles Chargers who will be led by borderline Hall of Famer Philip Rivers.
Denver’s defense still has more talent than just about any other unit in the NFL, but they no longer have the services of one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL history. Wade Phillips is now the DC for the Los Angeles Rams and even if Joe Woods eventually proves himself to be a capable coordinator there is almost no chance he will be able to fill the shoes of Phillips in any meaningful way this season and certainly not in week 1. With their weakness on offense, the Broncos cannot afford any drop off on defense and a drop off is nearly inevitable.
Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Casey Hayward, and Jason Verrett
The Chargers, when healthy, have one of the best pass rushing duos and starting cornerback duos in the NFL. Because it is week 1 and the football gods have not yet decided to punish us, the Chargers are healthy. At their best, Hayward an Verrett are arguably both top-5 cornerbacks. Ingram is one of the most explosive pass rushers in the league and Bosa is a popular pick for defensive player of the year this season. We have not seen the Chargers defense with all four of these players healthy, but we will get to see it on Monday and it gives them an excellent chance of winning.