Los Angeles Chargers schedule and 2021 season predictions

Los Angeles Chargers schedule this week

Week 4 – vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Monday, Oct. 48:15 PMESPN
  • Spread: Chargers -3.5 (BetMGM)
  • Moneyline: Chargers (-190), Raiders (+160)
  • Over/Under: 52.5
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Chargers 31, Raiders 27

A Monday Night Football matchup between the Chargers and Raiders with first place in the AFC West at stake, just what everyone predicted. Las Vegas is riding hot with a 3-0 start, but the Chargers get to play the Raiders at SoFi Stadium coming off a big win. There are going to be plenty of fireworks, but the better quarterback wins.

Los Angeles Chargers schedule predictions, roster outlook

Los Angeles Chargers schedule
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  • Los Angeles will appear three times on national television (ESPN in Week 4, NBC in Week 11, NFL Network in Week 15)
  • Sportsnaut’s Los Angeles Chargers projected record: 12-5

All our predictions are based on the Chargers keeping and starting these key players:

Let’s look ahead to the Chargers’ 2021 season and examine our game-by-game predictions that could send Los Angeles to the NFL Playoffs.

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Los Angeles Chargers 2021 schedule

With that, let’s dive into our game-by-game schedule predictions.

Week 1 – Los Angeles Chargers won 20-16 on the road against the Washington Football Team

  • When: Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1:00 PM EST
  • Spread: Chargers -1 (via DraftKings)
  • Moneyline: Chargers -120, Washington Football Team +100
  • Over/Under: 44
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Washington Football Team 17, Chargers 14

Justin Herbert overcame two interceptions and the Chargers’ defense caused a crucial fourth-quarter takeaway that changed the game. Three players after the defense recovered an Antonio Gibson fumble, Herbert hit Mike Williams for the game-deciding touchdown and Los Angeles hung on for a four-point victory.

Week 2 – Los Angeles Chargers fall in final seconds in 17-20 loss to Dallas Cowboys

  • Spread: Chargers -3.5 (BetMGM)
  • Moneyline: Chargers -175, Cowboys +150
  • Over/Under: 55.0
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Chargers 38, Cowboys 31

In a game expected to feature plenty of fireworks, the Los Angeles Chargers held the Dallas Cowboys to just 20 points, but it wasn’t good enough as LA lost in heartbreaking fashion as time expired. Justin Herbert had a big day, topping 338 passing yards, but two interceptions set the team back, including a painful one in the end zone. Letting up 198 rushing yards didn’t help either.

Week 3 – Los Angeles Chargers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-24

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Sept. 261:00 PMCBS
  • Spread: Chiefs -6.5 (BetMGM)
  • Moneyline: Chiefs (-300), Chargers (+200)
  • Over/Under: 55.5
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Chiefs 27, Chargers 21

Justin Herbert heard everyone saying he needed to have a big moment. So, a week after Lamar Jackson beat Patrick Mahomes, Herbert did the same with four touchdowns. Plenty of credit will also go towards a Chargers’ defense that snagged four takeaways.

Week 5 – vs. Cleveland Browns

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Oct. 104:05 PMCBS

If you’re looking for a potential sleeper pick for the AFC Championship Game, this clash in Week 5 might deliver. Cleveland and Los Angeles arguably made the biggest improvements via free agency and the NFL Draft, putting them both in position to contend for a Super Bowl this season. We give the edge to the superior quarterback playing at home.

  • Week 5 schedule prediction: Chargers 34, Browns 28

Week 6 – @ Baltimore Ravens

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Oct. 171:00 PMCBS

Two of the best, young quarterbacks in the NFL exchanging blows in a high-scoring affair. Football fans really couldn’t ask for much more than this on a Sunday afternoon. Both clubs have plenty of respectable talent on the defensive side, which should prevent this one from getting too crazy. Ultimately, Baltimore’s secondary matches up better against the Chargers’ receivers than LA’s front seven does against the Ravens’ run game.

  • Week 6 schedule prediction: Ravens 30, Chargers 24

Week 7 – BYE

Week 8 – vs. New England Patriots

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Oct. 314:05 PMCBS

Bill Belichick is regarded for taking away what his opponent does best, which will put pressure on Herbert to deliver for his team. We’d bet on the second-year passer to rise to the occasion, delivering in the clutch to secure a win.

  • Week 8 schedule prediction: Chargers 21, Patriots 17
Los Angeles Chargers schedule
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Week 9 – @ Philadelphia Eagles

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Nov. 74:05 PMCBS

The Eagles aren’t ready to admit they are in a rebuild. but all the signs point in that direction. While this offense should be more consistent than last season’s group, Philadelphia’s secondary is a disaster. Mike Williams, Keenan Allen and Jared Cook should have no trouble at Lincoln Financial Field.

  • Week 9 schedule prediction: Chargers 28, Eagles 20

Week 10 – vs. Minnesota Vikings

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Nov. 144:05 PMFOX

Opponents averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 120 rushing yards per game against the Chargers this past season. While Brandon Staley won’t have the same caliber of personnel as the Rams’ defense that allowed 3.8 ypc, he has a brilliant defensive mind that can find a way to contain Dalvin Cook. Once that happens, Kirk Cousins will prove why Minnesota drafted his replacement.

  • Week 10 schedule prediction: Chargers 27, Vikings 21

Week 11 – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Nov. 218:20 PMNBC

If you’re looking for one team to take the biggest step backward in 2021, it’s the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL and this is no longer an elite defense. Herbert will find holes in the secondary and exploit them quickly. When he’s off the field, Joey Bosa will be living in the Steelers’ backfield.

  • Week 11 schedule prediction: Chargers 30, Steelers 25

Week 12 – @ Denver Broncos

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Nov. 284:05 PMCBS

There’s isn’t a lot to be said about the Denver Broncos considering their starting quarterback option is Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater. Either way, that situation puts a cap on this team’s potential. Los Angeles will take advantage of that, securing a victory in Denver thanks to Justin Herbert.

  • Week 12 schedule prediction: Chargers 24, Broncos 17

Week 13 – @ Cincinnati Bengals

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Dec. 51:00 PMFOX

The Bengals and Chargers both landed franchise quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Los Angeles dedicated this offseason to building a foundation along the offensive line, insurance to protect the face of the franchise. The Bengals didn’t seem as concerned, with their star coming off a torn ACL. It will be fascinating to see what happens to these two teams and quarterbacks in the next five years.

  • Week 13 schedule prediction: Chargers 35, Bengals 20

Week 14 – vs. New York Giants

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Dec. 124:05 PMFOX

New York is very similar to the Broncos. Both teams have the defense and offensive weapons to easily make the playoffs, but quarterback play drags them down. It will be a treat to see what defensive coordinator Patrick Graham throws at Herbert, we might even see a turnover. But Staley’s defense is going to make life miserable for Daniel Jones and that decides this game.

  • Week 14 schedule prediction: Chargers 23, Giants 20
Los Angeles Chargers schedule
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Week 15 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Thursday, Dec. 168:20 PMFOX, NFLN

We gave the Chiefs the edge in the early matchup because the game was played in Kansas City. It’s a positive that the Chargers are back home for this meeting. But this matchup comes on a short week in front of a national audience and while the Chiefs are traveling, experience can be a huge rule. Losing twice to a rival hurts, but history might be on the Chargers’ side if these clubs meet in the playoffs.

  • Week 15 schedule prediction: Chiefs 34, Chargers 31

Week 16 – @ Houston Texans

Date:Time (EST)TV:
Sunday, Dec. 261:00 PMCBS

It might be too early to say the Texans could be one of the worst teams in NFL history, but it’s possible. Deshaun Watson is never playing for this franchise again and while Houston signed more free agents than any other team, this roster is still abysmal. Los Angeles should coast to victory by halftime and can then take its foot off the gas.

  • Week 16 schedule prediction: Chargers 38, Texans 13

Week 17 – vs. Denver Broncos

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Jan. 24:05 PMCBS

Admittedly, we’d like the Chargers more at home if the fan support was stronger. It’s possible that an 11-4 record entering January could change things, with football fans in Los Angeles rallying around Herbert. This will be another intriguing divisional matchup, one that might be decided in the final seconds by a kicker. Given the Chargers’ history, that doesn’t work in their favor.

  • Week 17 schedule prediction: Broncos 23, Chargers 21

Week 18 – @ Las Vegas Raiders

Date:Time (ET)TV:
Sunday, Jan. 94:25 PMCBS

The Chargers end their 2021 regular season with a trip to Las Vegas, which is rather fitting. After Herbert and Co. dominate the Raiders, they can spend the night celebrating their outstanding record and a trip to the NFL Playoffs.

  • Week 18 schedule prediction: Chargers 31, Raiders 20

Los Angeles Chargers record prediction: 12-5