It is no secret that the San Diego Chargers have not lived up to their hype over the past few seasons. Whether it was early postseason exits or missing the playoffs entirely, all that matters is that they have continually fallen short of their ultimate goal of winning a championship.
After former team leader Ladainian Tomlinson recently retired without that elusive ring, many players came out acknowledging that they cannot afford to keep squandering opportunities, and that their window is ever closing. The Chargers can still win a Super Bowl with this current group but with an ever-aging core of players, the opportunity may be fading fast.
But, with every new season comes new hope and new opportunities. It is difficult to judge the season's prospects after just one preseason game, but after the 21-13 win over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, fans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
Here are six things to take away from Thursday's game.