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This was a disastrous season for the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers went 12-4 in 2018 and nearly beat out the Kansas City Chiefs for the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs, but they had the biggest regression of any team in 2019. Los Angeles’ second team went 5-11 to finish in last place in the AFC West this season as nothing went right for Anthony Lynn and the Chargers. There are sure to be some changes in the offseason as a result of the disappointing campaign.

Season Recap

A tumultuous offseason highlighted what was to come for the Chargers in 2019. Melvin Gordon III decided to hold out in search of a new contract, and he didn’t rejoin the team until the season had started. He looked out of shape for the first couple months, and Gordon did little to help his case for a new deal by running for just 3.8 YPC with three fumbles on 162 carries.

The Chargers’ best young defender suffered a stress fracture in his foot that kept him out for nearly the entire season too. Derwin James played in just five games in 2019, and he showcased how much this defense needed him when he returned. Los Angeles’ defense improved dramatically over the final five games of the year as James had 3.5 tackles for loss.

Philip Rivers had one of his worst seasons in the NFL. He closed in on 60,000 career passing yards with his 14th straight season with at least 3,000 passing yards, but he threw 20 interceptions or more for the third time in his career. Rivers combined that with his fewest number of touchdown passes in a season since 2007 as the Chargers averaged just 21.1 PPG.

LA’s ground game wasn’t good this season, ranking in the bottom ten in all major categories in this phase of the game. Austin Ekeler was a little more reliable than Gordon though, averaging 4.2 YPC while securing the football better.

Speaking of Ekeler, he was just seven receiving yards away from 1,000 on the year, costing the Chargers a chance at history. Only five teams have ever had three players finish the year with more than 1,000 receiving yards, and Keenan Allen and Mike Williams both surpassed that number for the Bolts. Allen led the team with 104 receptions for 1,199 yards, while Williams had 49 receptions for 1,001 yards. Interestingly, Ekeler led the team in receiving touchdowns as a running back and averaged a whopping 10.8 YPC as a receiver.

The Chargers only had one player selected for the Pro Bowl just one year after having one of the best defenses in the NFL. Joey Bosa deserved to go to Orlando after finishing the season with 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, but the lack of production elsewhere was stunning. Melvin Ingram III had seven sacks and 12 TFL, yet no other Chargers defender had more than 2.5 sacks or 5.5 tackles for loss. That’s rather discouraging since this was the second most passed on team in the NFL in 2019.

2020 Season Preview

James’ return should help this defense improve. James is an elite safety that can do it all, and this secondary came unglued without him roaming around the field and making the plays this year. Opponents completed 70.7 percent of their passes against this defense, and that’s something the Chargers must address in 2020.

Gordon is likely gone after his failed holdout and disastrous season blew up in his face, as the Chargers are more than happy to go with Ekeler in the future. Ekeler became an elite pass catcher out of the backfield this season, and Rivers loved to check down to him often.

Rivers is a free agent at the end of this season, but everyone expects him to re-sign with the Chargers. His marginal season cost him a chance to sign a bigger extension though, and it’s unlikely he signs a massive deal along the lines of other quarterbacks as a result.

The Chargers have the sixth overall pick in the first round of the draft. They could use some defensive help or a big body along the offensive line, but it’s unlikely that they take a quarterback in the first round just yet.

2019 Los Angeles Chargers Betting Schedule

WEEK MATCHUP DATE / TIME TV
Week 1 Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Week 2 Chargers at Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 3 Chargers vs. Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 4 Chargers at Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 5 Chargers vs. Denver Broncos Sunday, Oct. 6, 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Week 6 Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 13, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 7 Chargers at Tennessee Titans Sunday, Oct. 20, 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Week 8 Chargers at Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 9 Chargers vs. Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 10 Chargers at Oakland Raiders Thursday, Nov. 7, 8:20 p.m. ET FOX/NFLN
Week 11 Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Nov. 18, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Week 12 BYE - -
Week 13 Chargers at Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 1, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 14 Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 15 Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 15, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 16 Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Saturday, Dec. 21 or Sunday, Dec. 22, TBA TBA
Week 17 Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET CBS
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Past Los Angeles Chargers Seasons

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2018 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2017 9-7 None
2016 5-11 None
2015 4-12 None
2014 9-7 None
2013 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
2012 7-9 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 9-7 None
2009 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2008 8-8 Lost Divisional Round
2007 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2006 14-2 Lost Divisional Round
2005 9-7 None
2004 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2003 4-12 None
2002 8-8 None
2001 5-11 None
2000 1-15 None
Full List
1999 8-8 None
1998 5-11 None
1997 4-12 None
1996 8-8 None
1995 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
1994 11-5 Lost Super Bowl
1993 8-8 None
1992 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
1991 4-12 None
1990 6-10 None
1989 6-10 None
1988 6-10 None
1987 8-7 None
1986 4-12 None
1985 8-8 None
1984 7-9 None
1983 6-10 None
1982 6-3 Lost Divisional Round
1981 10-6 Lost Conference Championship
1980 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
1979 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
1978 9-7 None
1977 7-7 None
1976 6-8 None
1975 2-12 None
1974 5-9 None
1973 2-11-1 None
1972 4-9-1 None
1971 6-8 None
1970 5-6-3 None
*1969 8-6 None
*1968 9-5 None
*1967 8-5-1 None
*1966 7-6-1 None
*1965 9-2-3 Lost AFL Championship
*1964 8-5-1 Lost AFL Championship
*1963 11-3 Won AFL Championship
*1962 4-10 None
*1961 12-2 Lost AFL Championship
*1960 10-4 Lost AFL Championship

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