This week is a HUGE week for the Bolts in the standings. Right now they are listed as 2nd in the AFC, 4th in the league. With a win this weekend against the Bengals, and with a loss by the Broncos and the Patriots, The Chargers can clinch the No. 2 Seed and a first round bye.
Things are looking up for the Chargers as they head into this next week. They are currently on an 8 game winning streak for the season and a 16 game winning streak in December, which started in 2006. San Diego will be put to the test as they face the current No. 3 AFC seed, Cincinatti Bengals. The last time these two teams met was November 12, 2006. The game ended in a huge comeback by the Chargers to make it a 49-41 win.
The main challenge in the game for the Bolts will be to shut down the Bengals’ powerful offense, which includes Quarterback Carson Palmer, Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco, and Running Back Cedric Benson.
The Chargers will have a slight struggle against the Bengals defense, which is currently ranked 5th against passing in the NFL. This may be a scary number to some teams, but lately, Philip Rivers is looking like an all-pro quarterback with the great decisions and precision passes he has been making this season. He only has 1 interception and has racked up 8 TDs in the past month. Another advantage the Bolts will have over Cincinnati will be the fact that the Chargers have some of the tallest receivers in the NFL. With Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd at 6’5”, Antonio Gates at 6’4”, and Legedu Naanee, who can double as a quarterback, at 6’2”, San Diego will definitely have a height advantage over the defenders. The Bengals tallest player up-field is Saftey Chinedum Ndukwe, who is 6’2″.
I most definitely will enjoy watching this game, which is projected to be one of the most closely matched games of the season for the Chargers.