The Los Angeles Chargers were road warriors in 2018, racking up victories against winning teams like Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Baltimore. The Bolts are hoping some more success at home in their final season in Carson will bring the franchise to unprecedented heights.
Phillip Rivers, 37, turned in one of the best seasons of his long career, throwing for over 4,300 yards and 32 touchdowns, against only 12 interceptions. Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 10 touchdowns and was a threat out of the backfield, catching 50 passes for nearly 500 yards. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin all return as pass-catching threats for Rivers.
On defense, the Bolts are banking on the return to health of defensive end Joey Bosa, who only played the final seven games of 2018 after being out until November with a foot injury.
Despite a 12-4 record, the Chargers lost the AFC West via tiebreaker, which eventually led them to paying a visit to New England in the second round of the playoffs. The Chargers were down 38-7 in the third quarter and were soundly defeated. Head coach Anthony Lynn says he’s obsessed over the game film to make sure there isn’t a repeat in 2019.
“My goodness, if you put yourself in that position and you don’t succeed, you better learn something – you better get something out of it,” Lynn said this offseason.
This will be the Chargers’ last season in the intimate confines of what is now known as Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly the StubHub Center) in Carson, capacity 27,000. Despite the smaller capacity compared to all other NFL stadiums, there are prime luxury seating options at Chargers games. Suites have both inside and outside seating, and you can also enjoy the game from the end zone field club, which includes an all-inclusive premium bar and access to pregame warmups.
On the field, the Chargers will have to contend with AFC West opponents Kansas City, Oakland, and Denver, accounting for six of their 16 games. The non-division home games are against Indianapolis, Houston, Pittsburgh (Sunday night game), Green Bay, and Minnesota (Sunday night game). Away games outside the AFC West are at Detroit, Miami, Tennessee, Chicago, and Jacksonville.