5 NFL teams that must win in Week 4

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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

3. Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers are 1-2 after facing two very tough opponents in the Chiefs and Rams (who are both looking like Super Bowl contenders). Their lone win came against the Bills, which should not fill anyone with confidence. However, the Chargers have the easiest remaining schedule, and it just got a bit easier.

The Chargers play the San Francisco 49ers at “home” this week and the 49ers will be without their franchise quarterback Jimmy Garropolo who tore his ACL last week. Facing back-up CJ Beathard should be essentially a cake walk for the Bolts as they look to right the ship. Moving to a 2-2 record heading into a Week 5 match up with the rival Oakland Raiders would be much, much better than heading in with a 1-3 record.

Philip Rivers has looked confident and has shown no signs of slowing down. Promising young wide receiver Mike Williams had a two-touchdown performance last week and could have another good week against a banged up 49ers secondary.

A win over a reeling team does not magically solve the Charger’s issues, but it would have them trending in the right direction. A popular pick to win the AFC West in the offseason, the Chargers have yet to live up to expectations. Getting back to a .500 record would be a step in the right direction.