NFL Predictions 2016: San Diego Chargers Season Preview & Outlook

The 2015 season was one that the San Diego Chargers would likely love to forget with their 4-12 record. As the 2016 season gets ready to start, San Diego will hope that first round draft pick Joey Bosa will be able to catch on to the defense as quickly as possible to help a struggling defense from a year ago. Here are the three biggest questions around the Chargers going into the upcoming season.

Will the run game even get better?

The Chargers struggled on the ground last season, ranking second-to-last in rush yards per game with just 84.9 yards per game. Melvin Gordon was drafted last season to improve that and it didn’t happen. If it doesn’t improve this year, San Diego could be in line for another long year.

Can Philip Rivers have another big season?

While the run game was bad, Rivers and the pass game ranked fourth in the NFL in pass yards per game. That means a very one-sided offense and that is trouble in today’s league. If Rivers has to throw for 5,000 yards for the Chargers to go .500, there will be major problems.

Will Bosa make a difference?

He was the No. 3 overall pick after all. He is going to be expected to rush the passer with reckless abandon. He held out almost all of training camp though and is way behind. If he gets up to speed quickly, Bosa could make the defense leaps and bounds better which could lead to a better season than many had expected.

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