What will be the Chargers record in 2022?
By: Jake Rajala
The Los Angeles Chargers have had one of the sexiest off-seasons — as they notably added Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson to their defensive unit. It would be an understatement to say LAC should take a big step in 2022. With that said, I’m going to simply project the potential victories, likely losses, and overall record for the Chargers next season.
Week 1: vs the Raiders
I believe the Chargers are a bit more talented than the Raiders (especially in the secondary) and I believe LAC wins 35-21 in this contest.
Week 2: at the Chiefs
I expect them KC — with their still lethal WR group (and Travis Kelce) to win this game by a score of 35-28.
Week 3: vs the Jaguars
The Chargers will beat the new-look and likely exciting Jags team in a 28-21 show-down.
Week 4: at the Texans
I don’t love the Texans direction over the past two seasons and I believe the Chargers mop the floor against Houston by a score of 42-17.
Week 5: at the Browns
I am quite sure that the Deshaun Watson-led Browns don’t keep pace with Herbert — as I believe the Chargers win 28-17.
Week 6: vs the Broncos
I trust in the Chargers offensive explosion to pull through in their first fight in a 35-27 victory.
Week 7: vs the Seahawks
I absolutely expect the Chargers to dominate the Geno Smith-led Seahawks by a score of 35-14.
Week 8: at the Falcons
I don’t foresee the Chargers being upset in this show-down, to say the least. I expect LA to win 35-17.
Week 9: at the 49ers
The Chargers will beat Trey Lance and the 49ers (who won’t return to the playoffs in the loaded NFC) in my opinion. I expect LA to win 31-17.
Week 10: vs the Chiefs
I picked KC to drop this game and I still expect the Chargers to re-group and split games with their nemesis in Kansas City. I believe KC wins 35-21.
Week 11: at the Cardinals
I like how the Chargers match up to the Cardinals — as I project them to win 35-24.
Week 12: at the Raiders
I really believe the Chargers pull through with the sweep this week — as they beat the desperate Raiders 31-28.
Week 13: vs the Dolphins
I like the direction with the Dolphins and their chances to make the playoffs, but I believe LA is one step ahead of the Raiders. I expect LV to win 31-24 in this contest.
Week 14: vs the Titans
I honestly believe the Titans are an underrated pick to land a Top-10 draft selection in the 2023 draft. With that said, I believe LA wins 35-17 in this game.
Week 15: at the Colts
I love the Colts balance and how they match up to LA. Although, I trust the young, big-arm Herbert at this point of the season slightly more than Matty Ice himself. Hence, I believe LA wins 31-28.
Week 16: vs the Rams
I like the LA team with Aaron Donald more than the LA team with Khalil Mack. I believe the Rams win 42-35 in a high-scoring contest.
Week 17: at the Broncos
I believe Russell Wilson and the Broncos dig deep for their second divisional (as I also believe will have more reason to win) show-down — as they pull out a close, 27-24 victory.
Final record: 13-4