- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 29
- Claim to Fame: Hold the (Super Bowl era) record for most consecutive seasons leading the league in yards gained (4) from 1980 to 1983
- Claim to Shame: Have only made the playoffs in 13 of the 52 Super Bowl era seasons
The Los Angeles Chargers were one of the original eight franchises that made up the American Football league established in 1960. The team spent one season in LA before moving to San Diego.
The Chargers enjoyed spurts of success in San Diego. They made the playoffs in four straight seasons from 1979 to 1982, and three out of four seasons – including their lone Super Bowl appearance – from 1992 to 1995.
But those were their only seven playoff appearances in 38 seasons from 1966 to 2003.
Unfortunately, the franchise seems to be in another rut, as they’ve only made the playoffs once since 2010.
In 2017, the Charges announced they were heading back to Los Angeles. But they’ve been playing in the StubHub Center, which seats just 27,000, and will continue to do so until Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park opens in 2020.
The Chargers had trouble capturing the hearts of the few fans in their stadium, as the team stumbled out the gate, starting the season with 4 straight losses – largely because they couldn’t kick a field goal.
They rallied in the second half of the season winning six of their last seven to finish with a 9-7 record (8-8 ATS), but it ultimately wasn’t enough to get them back into the playoffs.
Injuries decimated the Chargers 2017 rookie class, as first-round pick WR Mike Williams started the season on the PUP and second-round guard Forrest Lamp suffered a season-ending injury before the playing a single game.
The 2018 Chargers have already been hit by the injury bug. Both Hunter Henry and Jason Verrett have gone down in camp with season-ending injuries.
Philip Rivers will again have to rely heavily on Keenan Allen in the passing game, while hoping Melvin Gordon and the ground game are better than the 3.8 yards per carry they averaged last season.
Even without Verrett, the Chargers’ defense still projects to be a top unit, thanks to stud pass-rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, who combined for 23 sacks in 2017. Desmond King filled in nicely as a rookie last year and will need to be even better to help fill the void left by Verrett’s injury.
First-round pick Derwin James will also be a major addition to the defense.