With the NFL offseason nearing its halfway point and rosters mostly fleshed out across the league, it’s time to begin examining the upcoming 2017 campaign for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco did an impeccable job at bringing in young talent through at the 2017 NFL draft Philadelphia, however, some difficult questions remain for this Bolts squad.
Here are the four biggest causes for concern for L.A. heading into the new season.
No. 1, Toughest division, schedule in football
The Chargers play in the NFL’s toughest division in the AFC West, and will have the most difficult strength of schedule through the season’s first eight games of the season.
Los Angeles is a better football team than one season ago, however, there’s no guarantee that they win more than five games again in 2017 by virtue of schedule strength alone.
Outside of the division, the Chargers will face the New York Giants, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.
All told, the Chargers will play eight playoff teams from one year ago, and 11 playoff-caliber teams (if one includes Washington and Denver in the mix), which could result in some tough stretches for the Bolts this fall.
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