Los Angeles Chargers
Projected record: 7-8-1
If the team stays healthy, the Chargers should be much better than their projected record. But they play in football’s toughest division, and it’s unclear how the move and playing in front of just 30,000 home fans will affect them. If Jason Verrett and Keenan Allen can get back on their pre-injury trajectories and Mike Williams can catch the jumpballs he did at Clemson, I’d be more than glad to eat this prediction and see Philip Rivers get another postseason try.
Pivotal game: Week 11 vs. Bills. Here’s where I have the tie, and it’s a convenient cop-out since I can’t figure who will win this game. The Chargers go into their Week 9 bye having faced the Giants, Raiders, Broncos and Patriots, and they come out with a trip to Jacksonville before hosting Anthony Lynn’s former team.