The Los Angeles Chargers started the NFL season 0-4. It doesn’t happen often that a team starts the season 0-4 and makes it to the postseason. The only team to do since 1992 was actually the San Diego Chargers. Los Angeles has won the past four out of six games and it should have been five out of six.
The Los Angeles Chargers schedule is favorable enough in the last six games and they could win all of them and make it to the postseason. The Chargers are at the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) on Thanksgiving Day, vs Cleveland Browns (0-10), vs Washington Redskins (4-6), at Kansas City Chiefs (6-4), at New York Jets (4-6), and vs Oakland Raiders (4-6).
The Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) schedule is vs Buffalo Bills (5-5), at New York Jets (4-6), vs Oakland Raiders (4-6), vs Los Angeles Chargers (4-6), vs Miami Dolphins (4-6), and at Denver Broncos (3-7).
The Chiefs remaining schedule is relatively easy, so it quite possible that the Chargers won’t be able to catch up to them. However if the Chiefs and Chargers finish with the same record at either 9-7 or 10-6, it is going to depend on the divisional record. More realistically, the Chargers could be in contention for the second wild card spot in the AFC down the stretch but that 0-4 start might possibly hurt them.
Los Angeles is capable of making this run because of a solid pass rush by Joey Bosa (10.5 sacks) and Melvin Ingram (8 sacks). The defense is also forcing turnovers.
Philip Rivers is having a solid season on offense with completing 214-of-355 passes for 2,514 yards 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Melvin Gordon is rushing for 633 yards on 167 carries and 5 touchdowns. He has also caught 35 passes for 250 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
Austin Ekeler is emerging into a solid number two running back in a hurry for the Chargers. He has rushed for 164 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns. Ekeler has also caught 21 passes for 197 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Keenan Allen has 755 receiving yards on 56 catches and three touchdowns. Hunter Henry has 344 receiving yards on 26 catches and two touchdowns.
Another positive for the Chargers is that they don’t get blown out week in and week out.