Los Angeles Chargers: Five questions entering Chargers vs. Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Philip Rivers (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers /

The Los Angeles Chargers open the 2018-2019 season with a very important division matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Los Angeles Chargers were not afforded the luxury of easing into the 2018-2019 NFL season and right off the bat have some tough challenges against some tough opposition.

The Chargers are one of the most hyped up teams entering this NFL season but a slow start could completely derail all of that momentum. Bad starts have hurt the Chargers before when trying to make a playoff push and the team must avoid that this season.

Los Angeles starts the season with a critical division matchup against the reigning AFC West Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. Following the opening matchup, the Chargers get a break with the Buffalo Bills before heading to the Coliseum to face the Los Angeles Rams.

The Chargers need to be at least 2-1 through three weeks before the team hosts the San Francisco 49ers, which could be a dangerous team.

That starts with a huge week 1 matchup that all NFL fans should be watching. Here are the five biggest questions heading into that contest.

5. Are the kicking woes finally over?

The Los Angeles Chargers could have signed a robot that made every single field goal within 60 yards and this would still be a question heading into week 1. It was the kicking game that ultimately kept the Chargers out of the postseason last year and was the biggest need heading into this season.

The team opted to give the starting job to Caleb Sturgis over Roberto Aguayo. Sturgis certainly has had a reliable career and should be at worst an average kicker for the Los Angeles Chargers.

But still, LA seems to have terrible luck with kickers. Josh Lambo was an average kicker for the team and then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and made 95 percent of his field goal attempts. Who knows what kind of bad luck will strike the Chargers this year?

We will get a taste of that in week 1 in what should be a very closely contested matchup.