Coming off another high-scoring affair and a wild win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, the Los Angeles Chargers are looking like legitimate title contenders and a team nobody wants to cross paths with come playoff time.

With the depth and explosion they possess on offense and a well-balanced attack on defense, the Chargers are slowly but surely making their case as the new kings of the AFC West.

We’re still just five weeks into the 2021 NFL season, but in that timeframe the Bolts have knocked off some serious competition with big wins against the Chiefs, Raiders, and Browns. Just a few AFC powerhouses that no one thought would be outmatched by this young and determined Chargers squad. Looking to build off of this momentum heading into Week 6, let’s take a look at the three biggest takeaways from LA’s haywire finish against the Browns on Sunday.

LA’s offense was too much for Browns to handle 

After a big day from Justin Herbert, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, and Donald Parham, the Chargers got a ton of production from their key guys while giving the Browns all kinds of defensive woes. Especially with Herbert going off for 398 passing yards and four touchdowns on the day and Williams, Allen, Ekeler, and Parham combining for 322 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 21 receptions.

Whether it was through the air or on the ground, the Bolts were too overbearing for the Browns elite defensive unit to shutdown and there was only so much they could do to stop their fast-paced offense. Having successfully taken down another championship hopeful in Week 5, the Bolts are looking ahead to their box office showing against the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

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The Chargers can hold their own against any opponent 

Coming off their third straight win and fourth win in five games, the Chargers have proven that they can run with the best of them and hold their own against any opponent whether they’re at home or on the road. After a couple of statement wins and a few down-to-the-wire finishes early in the season, this up-and-coming LA Chargers team looks poised for greatness and ready to stake their claim as Super Bowl contenders.

There’s still a ways to go until the playoffs start, but it will arrive before we know it and these Bolts will aim to continually light up the scoreboard and play some electric football on both ends of the field. After a crazy finish and another statement win against the Browns on Sunday, the Chargers have proven that they’re the real deal and like it or not they’ll be a tough out in the playoffs.

The Bolts are the team to beat in the AFC West 

With the Chiefs, Raiders, and Broncos all coming off tough losses yesterday, it’s become quite evident that the Chargers are the class of the AFC West. At least for the moment, as they are currently sitting atop the division with a 4-1 record and have already beaten both the Chiefs and Raiders previously.

Given that Kansas City has a Super Bowl hangover they can’t seem to shake, Las Vegas has lost their mojo, and the Broncos haven’t looked as dominant the past few weeks, this has paved the way for Los Angeles to win the division crown. Even though it’s still too early to tell, it doesn’t look like the Chargers are going to cool off anytime soon and if their AFC West counterparts continue to struggle like this then there’s no denying that the division title is theirs for the taking.