The Chargers seemed to lead the NFL in everything but wins last season. Al expects that stat to change with another run to the playoffs for the AFC West powerhouse.
The players San Diego has a habit of getting bargains at skills positions in the draft and 2010 was no different. Third round pick Vincent Brown, a wide receiver out of San Diego State, is a polished performer with good hands who will be able to contribute right away. The bigger steal could prove to be Jordan Todman, the running back who carried Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl. Both should prove useful additions to what is already one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL.
Corey Liuget, the Chargers’ first round pick, and Jonas Mouton, a second round selection, also look promising. Mouton, a linebacker out of Michigan, will improve the special teams unit substantially. That’s crucial given the problems San Diego suffered on that front at times last season. Liuget, a defensive tackle out of Illinois, will prove a versatile addition to the defensive line.
Mark your calendar Weeks 2 and 3 should give NFL betting fans a solid early impression of what San Diego might do this year. The Chargers take on the Patriots on the road in Week 2 before returning home for a date with the Chiefs. Things really start to heat up for San Diego after the bye with road games against the Jets and at Kansas City in Weeks 7 and 8 before the Packers pay a visit to Qualcomm Stadium.
Tricky road assignments at Chicago and Jacksonville await in Week 11 and Week 13 before San Diego finishes the regular season with three challenging match-ups. The Ravens come to town in Week 15 for the Chargers’ final home game before road trips at Detroit and at AFC West rivals Oakland.
The verdict The sheer talent on this roster can’t be under-stated. Norv Turner may have shown just how much he can drag a team down with some bad losses last year but he can, at times, be an effective coach. I expect a quick turnaround by San Diego in 2011 with the Chargers recording some impressive victories on the road. That, coupled with divisional dominance, should result in a finish around about 11-5. That may not be enough to earn a bye but it will at least ensure playoff Football returns to San Diego.