Los Angeles Chargers: 5 Reasons why they’ll win the AFC West

Nov 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) stumbles at the end of a second quarter run against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) stumbles at the end of a second quarter run against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 4, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (99) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (99) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Joey Bosa

There just aren’t enough good things that one person can say about Joey Bosa. According to Pro Football Reference, Bosa put up an amazing 10.5 sacks in only 12 games played in 2016. If you want to know why he was the NFL’s top rookie defensive player last season, that’s exactly why.

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If the Super Bowl last season proved one thing, it’s that great teams need a great pass rush in the fourth quarter. If you can’t get to the quarterback in the second half, then game over. The Atlanta Falcons learned that lesson the hard way back in February. What’s more, another AFC West team in the Denver Broncos proved that you can win with a lethal pass rush. Bosa is every bit good enough to take on that role.

That being said, the Chargers have more than enough players that can get to the passer and Bosa is the best of that group. In a division of pass-rushing superstars, Joey Bosa is well on his way to joining that elite group. With him ready to take an even bigger leap in his second NFL season, the Ohio State product could vault the Chargers defense to the next level after an underrated and solid performance a year ago.