Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 8/3/13
It’s been a long offseason for many NFL fans, but as the month of July comes to a close, we can finally start gearing up for the 2013 season. Training camp is now well under way, with preseason games just a short week away. Draft picks have been signed, roster cuts will be made, and depth charts filled. Every player, coach, and team has a fresh start, and for many of us, hope once again springs eternal. In this article, we’ll look at five sub-.500 clubs from last season that could surprise us this year. By looking at strength of schedule, the number of losses in close games, the draft, as well as offseason moves and acquisitions, I’ll make my case for each of these five teams.   San Diego Chargers  2012 Record: (7-9) Games lost by seven points or less: five Strength of Schedule: .457 (117-139-0) Last Playoff Appearance: 2009 After finally dumping the increasingly unpopular head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith, the Chargers made a variety of offseason moves in an att...
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