Through the first five weeks of the season, the Chargers have played the Washington Football Team, Cowboys, Chiefs, Raiders, and Browns. As things stand, Washington and the Chiefs are the only two teams with a losing record. However, it’s safe to say Kansas City’s record doesn’t mean all that much. They’re still the Chiefs.
After the Chargers go through the 4-1 Ravens this Sunday, their schedule becomes a lot softer. Something that will be much welcomed after this gauntlet they’re about to be done with. According to ESPN’s Mike Clay, the Chargers have the fourth-easiest remaining schedule in the NFL. The only teams with easier schedules are the Bills, Dolphins, and Jaguars.
Rest-of-Season NFL Strength of Schedule based on my current evaluation of each team— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 12, 2021
Yellow/Top = Easy
Purple/Bottom = Hard pic.twitter.com/YGOn9WsQub
Here are the remaining teams left on the schedule along with their current win-loss records:
- Ravens (4-1)
- Patriots (2-3)
- Eagles (2-3)
- Vikings (2-3)
- Steelers (2-3)
- Broncos (3-2)
- Bengals (3-2)
- Giants (1-4)
- Chiefs (2-3)
- Texans (1-4)
- Broncos (3-2)
- Raiders (3-2)
If the Chargers somehow went 6-6 over their final 12 games, that’s still a 10-7 record and a huge improvement over the past two seasons. Anything else above .500 through the remaining schedule is just icing on the cake. By no means is that what fans want to see, but I just wanted to make the point that the Chargers gave themselves plenty of room for error with the way they’ve played to begin this season.
After looking at the remaining schedule, how do you think Bolts finish out? Is a postseason appearance a foregone conclusion at this point? Let us know what you’re predicting below.