Given the schedule and total personnel San Diego offers to Mike McCoy on each side, a .500 finish isn't terrible.
The 7-9 campaign in 2012 was certainly deceiving, though, because four of the Bolts' wins came against the Raiders and Chiefs.
Now without question those division rivals are expected to be swept again, but facing off against the Titans, Jaguars, Cowboys and Dolphins are currently the most appealing matchups. Along with Denver, San Diego gets other postseason teams in the Washington Redskins, Texans, Colts and Bengals.
These aren't guaranteed losses by any means, but definitely more realistic by comparison to the rest of the schedule.
Washington, Indy and Cincinnati each field a potentially explosive attack, and Houston is still solid defensively. Factor in the two matchups with the Broncos, and the Chargers have a slew of games that will require a total team effort to win, as opposed to the games against K.C. and Oakland.
Of any opponent next season, the Giants are the most intriguing since they are comparable to the Charges in terms of inconsistency. Big Blue experienced highs and lows in 2012; you never know which Eli Manning will show up.
The same can be said of Philip Rivers, because he was solid against the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers last season. Then again, he also struggled against the Cleveland Browns and Bengals.