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The 2018 season was the Los Angeles Chargers' 49th as a member of the National Football League, their 59th overall, their 3rd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their second under head coach Anthony Lynn.

2018 Los Angeles Chargers season
Head coachAnthony Lynn
General managerTom Telesco
OwnerAlex Spanos (until death, October 9)
Dean Spanos
Home fieldStubHub Center
Results
Record12–4
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs
(at Ravens) 23–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs
(at Patriots) 28–41
Pro BowlersQB Philip Rivers
RB Melvin Gordon
WR Keenan Allen
C Mike Pouncey
DE Melvin Ingram
S Derwin James
ST Adrian Phillips
AP All-ProsDB Desmond King (1st team)
PR Desmond King (2nd team)
S Derwin James (1st team)
DB Derwin James (2nd team)
ST Adrian Phillips (1st team)

Despite a slow 1–2 start, the Chargers improved on their 9–7 record from last year with a Week 14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. They also recorded a 10-win season for the first time since 2009 when they were in San Diego, also their first as a Los Angeles based team since 1960. With a Week 15 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chargers clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 when they were based in San Diego.

The Chargers finished 12–4, tied with the Chiefs for both the AFC West division title and the best record in the AFC. However, the Chiefs won the division and the AFC's No. 1 seed based on record vs. division opponents (5–1 to 4–2), giving the Chargers the Wild Card and the AFC's No. 5 seed. The Chargers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23–17 in the Wild Card round, but lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots 28–41 in the Divisional Round.

Contents

DraftEdit

2018 Los Angeles Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Derwin James *  S Florida State
2 48 Uchenna Nwosu  LB USC
3 84 Justin Jones  DT NC State
4 119 Kyzir White  S West Virginia
5 155 Scott Quessenberry  C UCLA
6 191 Dylan Cantrell  WR Texas Tech
7 251 Justin Jackson  RB Northwestern Compensatory pick
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Draft trades

  • The Chargers traded their seventh-round selection (234th overall) to Buffalo in exchange for quarterback Cardale Jones.
  • The Chargers were awarded a seventh-round compensatory pick (251st overall).

StaffEdit

2018 Los Angeles Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2018 Los Angeles Chargers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 12 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–24 0–1 State Farm Stadium Recap
2 August 18 Seattle Seahawks W 24–14 1–1 StubHub Center Recap
3 August 25 New Orleans Saints L 7–36 1–2 StubHub Center Recap
4 August 30 at San Francisco 49ers W 23–21 2–2 Levi's Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

On January 11, the NFL announced that the Chargers will play host to the Tennessee Titans in one of the London Games at Wembley Stadium in London, England. It will be the Chargers' second appearance in the International Series; the other being 2008. The game will occur during Week 7 (October 21), and will be televised in the United States.[1]

The Chargers' regular season schedule was released on April 19.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Kansas City Chiefs L 28–38 0–1 StubHub Center Recap
2 September 16 at Buffalo Bills W 31–20 1–1 New Era Field Recap
3 September 23 at Los Angeles Rams L 23–35 1–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
4 September 30 San Francisco 49ers W 29–27 2–2 StubHub Center Recap
5 October 7 Oakland Raiders W 26–10 3–2 StubHub Center Recap
6 October 14 at Cleveland Browns W 38–14 4–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
7 October 21 Tennessee Titans W 20–19 5–2   Wembley Stadium (London) Recap
8 Bye
9 November 4 at Seattle Seahawks W 25–17 6–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
10 November 11 at Oakland Raiders W 20–6 7–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
11 November 18 Denver Broncos L 22–23 7–3 StubHub Center Recap
12 November 25 Arizona Cardinals W 45–10 8–3 StubHub Center Recap
13 December 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 33–30 9–3 Heinz Field Recap
14 December 9 Cincinnati Bengals W 26–21 10–3 StubHub Center Recap
15 December 13 at Kansas City Chiefs W 29–28 11–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 22 Baltimore Ravens L 10–22 11–4 StubHub Center Recap
17 December 30 at Denver Broncos W 23–9 12–4 Broncos Stadium at Mile High Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week One: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 14 3 14738
Chargers 6 6 01628

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

Week 2: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Two: Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 14 14 0331
Bills 0 6 7720

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

Week 3: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Three: Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 6 7 7323
Rams 14 7 14035

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Week 4: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 14 3 7327
Chargers 6 11 9329

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

Week 5: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Five: Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 3 0710
Chargers 3 14 3626

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

Week 6: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Six: Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 14 14338
Browns 0 6 0814

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

Week 7: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

NFL London Games

Week Seven: Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 3 3 7619
Chargers 10 0 7320

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 6:30 a.m. PDT/2:30 p.m. BST
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 84,301
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 9: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Nine: Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 6 13 0625
Seahawks 7 3 0717

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 10: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Ten: Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 10 7320
Raiders 3 0 036

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 11: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Eleven: Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 7 7923
Chargers 6 7 6322

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 25,462
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 12: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Twelve: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 10 0 0010
Chargers 0 28 14345

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

Week 13: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Thirteen: Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 0 81833
Steelers 13 10 0730

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Fourteen: Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 3 9 0921
Chargers 7 10 3626

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 25,358
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Fifteen: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 7 71529
Chiefs 14 0 7728

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 16: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Sixteen: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 3 3 10622
Chargers 0 3 7010

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

Week 17: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Seventeen: Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 7 7923
Broncos 0 3 069

at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST/2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 51 °F (11 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 75,947
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 565 421 W1
(5) Los Angeles Chargers 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 428 329 W1
Denver Broncos 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 329 349 L4
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 290 467 L1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .480 .401 W1
2[b] New England Patriots East 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .482 .494 W2
3[b] Houston Texans South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 .471 .435 W1
4 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .496 .450 W3
Wild Cards
5[a] Los Angeles Chargers West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .477 .422 W1
6 Indianapolis Colts South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .465 .456 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 6 1 .594 4–1–1 6–5–1 .504 .448 W1
8 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 .520 .465 L1
9 Cleveland Browns North 7 8 1 .469 3–2–1 5–6–1 .516 .411 L1
10 Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .469 .446 L3
11[c] Denver Broncos West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .464 L4
12[c] Cincinnati Bengals North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .535 .448 L2
13[c] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .411 W1
14 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .549 .463 L1
15[d] New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .506 .438 L3
16[d] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .547 .406 L1
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of LA Chargers based on division games.
  2. ^ a b New England finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Cincinnati and Buffalo based on strength of victory. Cincinnati finished ahead of Buffalo based on record vs. common opponents.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Oakland based on strength of victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 6, 2019 at Baltimore Ravens (4) W 23–17 1–0 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
Divisional January 13, 2019 at New England Patriots (2) L 28–41 1–1 Gillette Stadium Recap

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: at (#4) Baltimore RavensEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: (#5) Los Angeles Chargers at (#4) Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 6 6 01123
Ravens 0 0 31417

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

AFC Divisional Playoffs: at (#2) New England PatriotsEdit

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (#5) Los Angeles Chargers at (#2) New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 0 71428
Patriots 14 21 3341

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: January 13, 2019
  • Game time: 10:05 a.m. PST/1:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 26 °F (−3 °C), sunny and cold
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 NFL LONDON SCHEDULE KICKS OFF AT NEW TOTTENHAM STADIUM; THREE TEAMS TO MAKE UK DEBUTS". NFL Communications. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

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