Heading into their week 8 bye, the Chargers sit at 5-2 on the year with their two losses coming against the undefeated Rams and the Chiefs (6-1). Solely based on these facts, there’s an argument to be made that the Chargers are the fourth-best team in the NFL behind the Rams, Chiefs, and Patriots who were the ones that handed the Chiefs their only loss of the year.
My friend Jeff Feyerer, a lover of all analytics in sports, took a look back at the past 10 Super Bowl winners and found some correlations that should have Charger fans feeling uber optimistic.
Out of the last 10 winners, only the Packers in 2010 had a record worse than 5-2 when they went 4-3 through the first seven games of that year. Every other team has started the year 5-2 or better with the 2008 Steelers, 2011 Giants, 2012 Ravens, and the 2014 Patriots being the only ones to start the year specifically at 5-2.
Last 10 SB Champs Through 7 Games— Jeff Feyerer (@jeff_feyerer) October 23, 2018
17 PHI 6-1
16 NE 6-1
15 DEN 7-0
14 NE 5-2
13 SEA 6-1
12 BAL 5-2
11 NYG 5-2
10 GB 4-3
09 NO 7-0
08 PIT 5-2
Take all of this with a grain of salt, but there’s nothing wrong with leaning into the positivity.
At this very moment, their are only five teams with a record of 5-2 or better: The Chargers, Chiefs, Rams, Patriots, and Saints.
Not a bad group to be apart of, if we’re being honest. With the remaining schedule being one of the softest and Joey Bosa eyeing a return following the week 8 bye, thing’s are really starting to come together for this group*.
**knocks on wood so viciously that my coffee table shatters into a dozen pieces