2021 Season Preview: Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert is just one of the things that has LA fans are excited about 2021. The strong-armed quarterback will enjoy better pass protection in his second season, while the defense should also improve under new coach Brandon Staley. The team’s runners and receivers are solid, while the D stars linebacker Joey Bosa and safety Derwin James.
2020 Season Roundup: After starting the year 3–9—including a 45–0 loss to the Patriots—the Chargers won their last four games, giving fans hope for 2021. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert had a great year throwing to Hunter henry and Keenan Allen, who was picked for the Pro Bowl for the fourth time. Joey Bosa struggled to stay on the field but was good when he did, with 7.5 sacks in 12 games.
December 27, 2020: Quarterback Justin Hebert set a new NFL record for rookies when he threw his 28th touchdown pass in a game against the Broncos. In the same game, he also became the fourth rookie in history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
2020 Season Roundup: The Chargers begin their first season without Phillip Rivers starting behind center since 2006. The new everyday QB may not be clear for a while, but in the meantime the team will be running the football a lot and confusing opponents with a ton of different formations. Chris Harris, Melvin Ingram, and Joey Bosa are the building blocks of a defense that could be one of the best in the AFC.
2019 Season Roundup: Give-aways and take-aways make a difference in the NFL and in 2019 the Chargers had too many of the first and not enough of the second. Phillip Rivers lost 5 fumbles and threw 18 interceptions in his final year with the team. Keenan Allen was the star of the offense with 104 catches, while defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were almost unstoppable on the line. All that added up to 5 wins and 11 losses.
2019 Season Preview: Quarterback Philip Rivers will be as dangerous as ever thanks to Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Melvin Gordon. Each is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. The defense will rely on a group of improving linebackers, led by veteran newcomer Thomas Davis, until superstar Joey Bosa and #1 draft pick Jerry Tillery show that they are 100% healthy and ready to harass enemy quarterbacks.
2018 Season Roundup: The Chargers won 10 games for the first time since 2009, finishing 12–4 behind a great year from quarterback David Rivers. Melvin Allen scored 14 touchdowns and Keenan Allen caught 97 passes to power the offense. Defensive stars Derwin James, Adrian Phillips, Desmond King, and Melvin Ingram made up for the loss of Joey Bosa, who missed the first half of the season due to injury. The Chargers defeated the Ravens in the opening round of the playoffs but were wiped out by Tom Brady and the Patriots a week later.
November 25, 2018: Phillip Rivers set a new NFL record by completing his first 25 passes in a game against the Cardinals. The old record was 22, held by Mark Brunell. Rivers finished 28-for-29.
2018 Season Preview: Is this the year the Chargers finally win it all? A powerful offense and solid all-around defense should be enough for Los Angeles to finish first in the weak AFC West. Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and rookie Derwin James will feast on enemy passers, while San Diego’s own quarterback, Philip Rivers, should be among the league leaders in yards and completions. The running game could stand to improve—and will need to in order for the Chargers to go all the way.
2017 Season Roundup: After losing their first four games, the Chargers charged to a 9–7 record and barely missed the playoffs. Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, and Keenan Allen led a powerful offense. But it was the Los Angeles defense—led by Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Casey Hayward that gave the team a chance to win each week.
September 17, 2017: Antonio Gates scored his 112th touchdown, breaking Tony Gonzalez’s record for touchdowns by a tight end.
2017 Season Preview: The Chargers return to their original home, Los Angeles, for the 2017 season with a new head coach, Anthony Lynn. The star of the team is still Philip Rivers, but the Chargers will rely less on his strong passing arm than they have in the past. Coach Lynn likes a power running game, and will also be counting on Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa to lead an improved defense.
2016 Season Roundup: The Chargers won only five games in 2016. It was their last season in San Diego, as the club announced it would be moving north to Los Angeles for 2017. There were a few bright spots, including the play of defensive end Joey Bosa. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Chargers defeated some good teams in 2016, including the Falcons, Texans and Broncos. In their 11 losses, they lost only once by more than 10 points.
2016 Season Preview: Many fans blamed San Diego’s disappointing 2015 on its defensive and offensive linemen, who seemed to lose the “war in the trenches” week after week. Have the Chargers improved themselves in this area? That is the big question heading into 2016. There is only so much star quarterback Philip Rivers, new receiver Keenan Allen and rookie defensive end Joey Bosa can do.
October 11, 2015: Antonio Gates caught his 100th touchdown pass. Tony Gonzalez (111) is the only tight end in history with more TDs.
2015 Season Preview: Philip Rivers is one of the best leaders in the NFL, but he can’t win by himself. The Chargers found him help on the line and in the backfield this year, but the defense isn’t good enough to survive the kind of injuries that struck the team last season.
December 31, 2014: Quarterback Philip Rivers leads a talented offense into the battle, with hard-to-guard stars like Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Donald Brown, and Ladarius Green. The San Diego defense was excellent in December and fans hope that trend continues in 2014. If it does, the Chargers could be difficult to stop.
September 2, 2014: Quarterback Philip Rivers leads a talented offense into the battle, with hard-to-guard stars like Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Donald Brown, and Ladarius Green. The San Diego defense was excellent in December and fans hope that trend continues in 2014. If it does, the Chargers could be difficult to stop.
September 4, 2013: The Chargers live and die by the strong right arm of quarterback Philip Rivers, and this year will be no exception. He has a good supporting cast, including a rebuilt offensive line. Fans should have fun watching linebacker Manti Te’o break into the NFL, but the impact rookie may be someone they hardly notice—right tackle D.J. Fluker.
February 2, 2013: The Chargers dropped 6 of 7 games in the middle of the season, which cancelled out a fast start and strong finish. San Diego scored 350 points and allowed 350 points, but finished the year with a losing record.
Summer, 2012: The Chargers got off to a great start in 2011 but lost six games in a row after that. Some of the young players made mistakes, but so did Philip Rivers. The quarterback had far too many interceptions. San Diego fans are confident that these problems have been fixed, and that their team has what it takes to hold off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.