The Morning Charge – 11/9/10

Philip Rivers is putting up MVP numbers, but his team is not.

As the NFL season has moved into its second half and the Chargers are finally at their bye week, the only piece of the puzzle that must be different for Rivers to be considered the league’s top player for 2010 is that the Chargers need to win more between now and January.

Steve Crosby might not be to blame for all that has ailed the revolving door special teams unit for the Chargers this season. He also might be fortunate to have Norv Turner as his boss.

The better teams all have blemishes. The winless Buffalo Bills have lost three straight games by a field goal. The ever-exasperating San Diego Chargers have reached their bye week with a record of 4-5, with time to get some gimpy guys going, to spackle the holes in their punt protection, to salvage a season they had seemed hellbent on blowing.

The bye week will give players a chance to heal and refresh but San Diego intends to focus on specific areas that need improvement as well.

Recap: The Chargers came back in the second half for the second straight week and improved to 4-5. It was San Diego’s first road win of the season in five tries and the Chargers could be on their way to another late-season resurgence.

How can a team with a 4-5 record, a minus-nine turnover margin and that has produced some of the most atrocious special-teams play the NFL has ever seen be taken as a serious championship contender?

Topics: Mvp, Philip Rivers, Special Teams, Steve Crosby

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