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Sports Illustrated predicts the Chargers to go 10-6

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Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated’s Connor Orr came out with his season predictions for each of the 32 NFL teams’ win/loss records.

A lot of the predictions aren’t surprising, with teams like the Patriots, Rams, and Colts picked to win their divisions. As for the AFC West, Orr predicts the Chiefs to repeat as division champs with a 13-3 and record.

As for the Chargers, Orr has them making another appearance in the playoffs, but still regressing slightly into a 10-6 record.

Here is what he had to say about his prediction:

“This division as a whole has a brutal schedule, and the Chargers, despite scoring winnable games against the Lions, Broncos and Dolphins in their first few weeks, will face some gauntlets toward the end of the season. I think they’ll amass enough of a bumper to reach the postseason again, though their pre-bye week run of Bears, Packers, at Raiders, Chiefs is tough, as is a finisher of Minnesota, Oakland, at Kansas City.”

A season record of 10-6 wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world but it may end up being a disappointment after the year the Chargers had in 2018, especially when they would have to watch the Chiefs win the division once again and enjoy three more victories on the season.

I personally think the toughest parts of the schedule include the start of the season, with games against the Colts and Texans, and the final seven games of the year when five of those are division match-ups. The other two being the Jaguars and Vikings, both of whom boast defenses that are as intimidating as they come.

The Chargers must bank on a hot start out of the gate to make sure a late-season collapse doesn’t keep them from the playoffs.

Do you guys agree with Orr’s prediction? What would you change about it? Let us know in the comments.