COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Los Angeles Chargers apparently will serve as the homecoming opponent and punching bag for the rest of the league in 2017, putting them in position to select the future replacement for Philip Rivers in next year’s draft, according to my NFL Nation colleagues.
I tallied up all of the picks by our NFL Nation reporters in our game-by-game predictions, released on Thursday, and the result was a 3-13 record for the Chargers in their first season in L.A., with the team getting off to a 0-8 start before the bye week.
That’s not exactly what the Chargers are looking for in their "Battle for L.A."
According to the predictions, the Chargers will go 0-6 in the AFC West and 1-7 at home at the StubHub Center this year.
Yes, even the hapless Cleveland Browns are predicted to defeat the Chargers this season, at home no less.
However, this prediction isn’t as outrageous as you think because the Chargers of course lost to the Browns last season on Christmas Eve, the only win for Cleveland in 2016.
The Chargers haven’t finished with a 3-13 or worse record since going 1-15 in 2000 with Mike Riley at the helm. And yes, Riley went on to coach another season before being replaced by Marty Schottenheimer in 2002.
I paint a much rosier picture for the Bolts, predicting a 10-6 finish in 2017.
Here are the not-so-happy totals from my NFL Nation colleagues:
Week 7 vs. the Broncos: Loss
Week 9: Bye
Week 10 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars: Win
Week 11 vs. the Buffalo Bills: Win
Week 13 vs. the Cleveland Browns: Loss
Week 15 vs the Chiefs: Loss
Week 16 vs. the New York Jets: Win
Week 17 vs. the Raiders: Loss