Browns 2017 opponent breakdown: Chargers, Week 12


One by one, is breaking down each of the Browns' 2017 regular season opponents as training camp fast approaches.*

Who: Los Angeles Chargers

When: Dec. 3

Where:StubHub Center; Carson, California

*Series history: *9-15-1 (Most recent: Browns 20, Chargers 17 in 2016)

Way-too-early storyline(s): The Browns' first and only win of 2016 came in dramatic fashion against the Chargers on Christmas Eve. A lot has changed since that happened. For starters, the Chargers relocated to Los Angeles after 55 years in San Diego, a move that was one of the most-talked about items of the NFL offseason. The Chargers will set forth in this new era under first-year head coach Anthony Lynn, who was most recently Buffalo's offensive coordinator. Lynn's staff includes two former head coaches in Gus Bradley (Jaguars 2013-16) and Ken Whisenhunt (Cardinals 2007-12 and Titans 2014-15). The Chargers are poised to bounce back from an injury-marred 5-11 season with veteran Philip Rivers and a high-powered offense.

Key players to watch:QB Philip Rivers, RB Melvin Gordon, WR Keenan Allen, WR Tyrell Williams, WR Mike Williams, WR Travis Benjamin, TE Antonio Gates, TE Hunter Henry, OL Russell Okung, DL Joey Bosa, LB Melvin Ingram, CB Jason Verrett

What happened this offseason?

— The Chargers moved to Los Angeles after 55 years in San Diego. They'll play at the StubHub Center — home to the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer — in Carson, Calif., for the next three seasons.

— They used their first-round NFL Draft pick on Clemson star receiver Mike Williams, who caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Williams missed offseason workouts after suffering a mild disc herniation in his lower back during rookie minicamp. He also missed the 2015 season at Clemson with a broken neck.

— They signed former Seahawks/Broncos left tackle Russell Okung in an effort to protect Rivers. Okung, a first-round pick in 2010, has started all 100 career games and allowed the second-fewest sacks (20) in the NFL among linemen with at least 70 starts.

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