Cincinnati Bengals: 3 reasons Andy Dalton to the Chargers makes sense
If you look at how the division finished in 2019, the AFC West is no juggernaut. Outside of the Kansas City Chiefs who will be in the Super Bowl, no other team inside the division made the playoffs. The Las Vegas Raiders made some noise and looked like a potential wildcard team, but outside of the Silver and Black, it was the Chiefs and no one else.
With the Broncos still figuring out the quarterback situation and the Raiders potentially in the same boat If they move on from Derek Carr, the Chargers could be a sneaky dark horse. When you look at the schedule of opponents, few besides Kansas City, the Bills, and maybe New England are troublesome.
With games against the AFC East and the NFC South, the Chargers will play teams more familiar with .500. Additionally, you can make an argument that New Orleans is on the way back to the middle of the pack, and games against Jacksonville and Cincinnati (Dalton’s potential former team) are manageable opponents.
As for the potential in the AFC West, you can likely pencil in the Chiefs as preseason favorites whether they win or lose in the Super Bowl. How the Raiders fair in their first season in Las Vegas and trying to figure out Denver remains to be seen.
It’s an open door and a nearly turn-key situation in Los Angeles. For Andy Dalton, it could be a great move to a team working on the cusp of the postseason and beyond.