Los Angeles Chargers
San Diego Begins First Season without the Chargers
September 8, 2017
For the first time since 1961, San Diego will witness the start of the NFL season from the sidelines, with no team to call their own.
Some conspiracy theorists and fans alike believed that San Diego was cursed: the Chargers could never overcome the series of bad luck and injuries that plagued them while they were playing in Qualcomm.
For anyone worried that this had changed, do not fear. It hasn’t.
The Chargers’ top 10 draft pick and college superstar wide receiver Mike Williams has already suffered a potentially season-ending injury.
The Chargers lost both of their preseason home games, bringing a crowd of only 21,054 to their first game. They fell short of capacity in the NFL’s smallest stadium and brought in 6,000 less people than the average home attendance for an LA Galaxy regular season game, who they share a stadium with.
Considering one of the reasons they left San Diego was poor home crowds, this is ironic. Whether you are still a fan or not, there is a little comfort in knowing the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
The Chargers finished their preseason 1-3, and although the preseason is not a good indicator of regular season success, the first two draft picks suffering severe injuries is not a good sign
The season is right around the corner as the Chargers open their season next Monday night against their divisional rivals, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos traditionally have one of the best defenses in the league, and will put the pressure on veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
The Broncos are favored by four points, but the Chargers have a good chance at covering or winning all together.
The Chargers have a very talented defense and the pieces to be an elite offense as well. In past years, injuries and tough schedules have soured their image when the reality is they are a very skilled team. If they can put it all together this year, they have a chance to make the playoffs or more.