Bold Predictions for the 2013 NFL Season

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October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hangs his head on the sidelines after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Hutt (@ducky_64): “The Chargers won’t win more than 5 games this season.”

This prediction is coming from a very pessimistic Chargers fan. While the prediction may seem a bit extreme, it is actually a possibility when you consider their schedule. Statistically they have one of the easiest schedules in the league this year, but that doesn’t take into account teams that will rebound after poor seasons last year (like the Chiefs). Let’s take a look at their schedule:

Based on their schedule, I have them winning five games (Titans, Raiders, Jags, Raiders, Chiefs). Are Mike and I being harsh? Maybe. But toss the Chargers another win or two and they still don’t hit 8-8. Phil Rivers’ window for a Super Bowl has closed since the Chargers lost the roster of talent they had in the 2000’s, and his accuracy and decision making have plummeted like one of his passes to the turf.