Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) celebrate after Allen

The San Diego Chargers Will Make The Playoffs


I have been saying this from the start of the season and I still am not going to back off of this statement. As terrible as this defense can play. As stupid as that goal line stand was. As plain ignorant of the decisions on some player’s playing time, I still believe that this team can make the playoffs.

Just look at the playoff picture right now. The Jets are in the lead for the number 6 seed because they have one more win than us. We have the same amount of losses. The other teams that are in the race are the Miami Dolphins, the Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Browns. We have a matchup against the Miami Dolphins later in the year and they have their own stories that they have been dealing with of late (see Richie Incognito).

We have to take care of business. It really comes down to us. We have 8 games left in the season and we have 5 more games in our division. I don’t expect us to sweep those 5, but I can see us taking 4 of those. I have been saying that we can sweep the Chiefs for a while. We have to go out there and do it. Our bipolar team has the ability to knock off the Broncos on Sunday. That is just the way we roll.

Our schedule doesn’t get easier at all. But 6-2 in those final 8 is just as possible as 2-6.

Here is that final run down of those 6 games for the season in my book.

W Broncos
W Dolphins
W Chiefs
L Bengals
W Giants
L Broncos
W Raiders
W Chiefs

Still believing, even after we did some stupid stuff on the 1-yard line. Our biggest downfall is our terrible defense. The best offenses that are left on the schedule are the Broncos and the Bengals. We have to steal one of those to get 6 wins but hte other team’s don’t have a killer offense. The Chiefs lead the league in punts! The Raiders would be the next biggest threat, but we lost the game against them by shooting ourselves in the foot over and over again on offense with turnovers. The Dolphins give up the most sacks in the league and they may be without their starting guard for bullying and their starting right tackle for getting bullied.

Still believing in this team to make the playoffs. As some of you all have said that you didn’t think that the team was a playoff team all along, I will stick with my thought form the start of the year.

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  • Lee

    totally possible to win all those games you said. we’re lucky the afc wild card is so open and i think we can shake off the bad defense and goal line play calling and nut up and learn from our situations. like everyone keeps saying we should be 7-1 if we only change one play in each of our close losses (seems to be the case every year…) but we will be ok.

    • kris

      Why do you think we will Shake off those things? We do it every year and almost every other game. You know what the definition of insanity is?

      • Stuart Adkins

        Being a Charger fan? (j/k)

      • arnie

        What do you mean ” we do this every year’? This is McCoy’s first year.

        • kris

          Are we not seeing similar results regardless? I mean every year we find ways to choke. Every year we get our expectations up a little to have them stomped down again. Every year we have talent that doesnt live up to its potential. Every year we win just enough to get a middle of the line draft pick, every year we make excuses, starting to get the picture?

          • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

            This team will prove to be different. When that happens I know kris will be on board with the rest of the wishy washy fan base. Thats ok with me. I stay loyal and optimistic and like this team I hate to loose. Bolt Up!

          • Alex Pitrofsky

            WE’RE NOT A WISHY WASHY FAN BASE!!!!! EVERY team in the NFL struggles to have a full stadium when the team can’t win. That’s how it works. Enough of this wishy washy crap

          • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

            Must have struck nerve there. What strikes mine are negative comments about a team I am Diehard about. Chargers are totally headed in the right direction. Have enough haters calling my team choke artist. Don’t need so called Chargers fans doing the same. Bolt Up!

          • kris

            So called Charger fan?? Lets see, have bolts tattooed across my shoulders. Probably own, and this is a real conservative figure, 3k in merchandise. Just ordered a Chargers toaster to toast my bread with bolts on them in the mornings. Was a former season ticket holder. Any other qualifiers I need to not be wishy washy? Oh and I fly a chargers flag in the front of my house year round and have my car back windshield dedicated with a bolt across it. Dont question my fandom because I am severely burned by this team every year. Actually my attitude reflects more of a long term fan than not. Im tired of seeing the same thing every year regardless of excuse. Its the coaching, its the rookies, its the injuries, its the special teams, its the play calling, its the defense, blah blah blah. I want to win consistently damnit! I want to go into Sunday being confident my team is going to overcome struggles and win like the elite of the NFL! Tired of the let downs and fans that accept it week in and week out by saying they have faith or theyre “real fans,” Give me a break.

          • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

            That’s good for you. I also go overboard with all the merchandise. I go the thrift store way though because once people get fed up they donate their stuff to goodwill. Win loose ir tie it’s Chargers till I die. This team currently is on the best route I have ever seen them. Upside is huge with Philip Rivers and the whole philosophy of the organization. I never fail in finding an upside when there exists one. Glad you wave your colors. McCoy is a rookie head coach who hates to loose. His favorite quote is “no complaining, no explaining, just find solutions. He will figure it out sooner than later. Telesco is a first time GM also and he has already hit homeruns in the draft. They honor the Chargers history and create a respectful atmosphere. My expectations are as high as yours and this organization is on track to meet those expectations. BOLT UP!

          • arnie

            That happens with every team. Losing Like this happens with teams that aren’t very good. Or have to learn how to win in a new system.
            How The Chargers lost last year was just poor coaching across the board, and overpaid subpar players.
            They are losing this year with Young players, Questionable play callin here an there, and through it all learning a new system. Yet they are still playing “far better” than the teams of the past three seasons.

            Nobody. NOBODY. Expected this team to be better than 6-10 so i don’t see what the fuss is about? Being a Chargers fan, all we see is similarities from year to year. However, the difference i see is clear, and i make a distinction between Marty, Norv an McCoy. McCoy is “rookie” HC and he’s making mistakes like a rookie. I believe they will be better under him, and I refuse to let the bias noraj left, to carry over to what T&M are trying to build.

      • Lee

        well i mean we HAVE to learn from our poor play calling on the offensive side. not much we can do about the defense except hope they can somehow step up

  • kris

    No way we win all those games mentioned above. Not gonna happen. We should be focused on playcalling and rebuilding through another draft and offseason. Im for the losing to get better picks thought now.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i will never accept that as an option.

      • Trey P

        Exactly if and when we get into the playoffs we going to the superbowl the last 3 superbowl winners struggled to get into the playoffs at 10-6 its our turn..

  • Michael

    Anything is possible,,,,,I think the Bengals game is a win, if we play like we did against the Colts and Cowboys,,,We can still make it. We have to fix the pass defense and the red zone scoring in order to achieve these goals….

  • 619chargers4life

    We may or may not make the playoffs, but I know one thing , we will win this Sunday cuz the simple fact we lost our last game , this is what our ” bipolar ” team does lol

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      I’m more of a realist than you. Payton will tear up that Charger secondary. It’s ranked near the bottom. I’m not going to sugarcoat who they are. I hope I’m wrong but no money bets this week.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      seriously!!! that is what we do…. it would not surprise any Chargers fan if we won.

  • tubbs45

    This team beats good team and sucks against mediocre teams… I believe that we will win out with the one exception being KC at their house (assuming charles is not injured by then).

    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/likeabus.gif

    • arnie

      YES! get on this bus! LOL It’s a crazy ride, but would we want it any other way as Charger fans?!?!
      It’s powder blue and needs a lighting bolt. LOL

      • tubbs45

        Get on the bus or get the fuck out of the way!!!

      • Michael

        I know its in the pass and all, but can we throw norvaj in the circle of it?

  • arnie

    A lot of people may not share that optimism Ernie, but we knew going in, this would be a transition year, away from ajnorv. However i still have them at 10 wins and don’t believe the jets can hang on. Realistically, every game has been close, no blowouts. Because of that fact the Chargers have shown it will come down to the final minutes of the game, to beat them.
    They’ll get it done, they’ve chosen to hike up the mountain, instead of taking the sky lift.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      love that I got some peeps hanging on to the bandwagon with me… we will drive this thing into the playoffs!

      • arnie

        Ernie, where else are we gonna go?
        All we have is UP.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          you know this!!!

  • Michael Popowich

    “I don’t know why, but I believe him yo.” Seriously, that does seem very possible. When I was looking at the remaining schedule, those two losses you listed were the same ones I was thinking. Either way, just two losses will put us in good standings. Like the Raiders loss, this past one could be motivation. No bye to slow the momentum this time. I believe!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      yes yes yes!!!!!

  • Tazzster

    I believe they can do it as well. We NEED that road win at Miami. This team has not traveled well… that is a major concern. Look at our record. Our three home games we played very well, except for the second half meltdown against Houston.

    In our 5 road games….
    We survived in Philly. Offense played well…defense not so much.
    We struggled in Tenessee
    We just didn’t show up in Oakland… not even sure what team that was
    We won in Jacksonville, but then again its Jacksonville. We should have obliterated them
    We played sloppy in Washington (2 picks, porous defense, questionable play calling)

    So, if we win in Miami… and lose the other two road games. AND if we go 4-1 at home the rest of the way…. that is 5-3, which would put us at 9-7. Which just might be enough this year.

    OR we get hot and win the next 8. Which is totally plausible. This team has the ability to be really good we have seen it in moments and whole games (Indy)

    OR we self destruct and go 0-8 to finish off the season, which is also plausible because this team has the ability to be really bad. (Oakland)

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahhaa… love the options… or we just win it all! done!

  • supersurge619er

    We lost to a desperate team to win a better one next I still believe in my chargers especially with this new staff I think they can take us far I believe we will go 10 -6 hopefully 11-5

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    That game did something to me.
    I don’t think we make the playoffs

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Noooooo… Don’t stop believing – journey

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        I hope we do, but my honest opinion says we don’t.

  • Bill Nichols

    Still too butt hurt to even let this get me fired up again…. Damn it.

    • Bill Nichols

      what kind of puss are you anyway Nichols??? For god sake, either get on board, or shut the f up… Gezz…..

  • DXW

    “Our bipolar team has the ability to knock off the Broncos on Sunday.”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAA..*cough *cough.

    Aw, hell, man, that’s flat out hilarious…. Seriously, good one.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Lets make it through November. .. cuz Philip owns December.. I believe!!!!

  • doomedby2020

    I will prepare for a funeral pyre and let my never ending optimism predict a high scoring game with the slight chance of victory….

    Go Boltz

  • iamajimm

    I love my Bolts as much as the next guy but ‘ol Ernie here is wayyy out in left field imo. No way they’re going to beat the Chiefs/Colts like he says…still, would be nice eh? lol.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Colts? We already beat the Colts

  • Nick in PB

    Ernie, I LOVE your optimism but I’m a realist. With the new staff, I wanted to see this team improve, from a physical and mental standpoint. I wanted to see them better prepared, game in, game out. I wanted to see better adjustments at halftime. Realistically, we are not nearly as talented as seasons past. Injuries have had a lot to do with it. We wasted better talent with the Norv way of doing things. The further they got away from Marty, the more relaxed they became. Any edge they had was diminished by Norv’s way of doing things. I felt it would take nearly an entire season to break that pattern, that culture. The key here is that I see improvement, especially with what we have to work with. I don’t like the fact that we’ve lost winnable games. I think we are getting more from this team than anyone can imagine. This may well be the week that we turn the corner. If we do, then everything you’ve said is entirely possible. I didn’t go into this season thinking we would make the playoffs. I had hope! I think it’s possible! But the Redskins game was the one we needed to point in the right direction. At this point, we have no room for error. This is a young team, errors are going to happen. Give me a win this weekend and I will totally agree with you Ernie. I like McCoy and his brand of football so let’s see what happens.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      If I said this after we won on Sunday, how bold would that have been? :)

  • Bill Nichols

    Okay, damn it. I am drinking the powder blue kool-aid, can’t hep myself I’m telling you, it’s in my DNA. We can do this, and we freaking will do this!! Bolt Back up Mutha ‘s!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      YES YES YES YES and……. YES!

  • C.Steele

    No! GoBolts!

  • 1961 Fan

    You might as well spit into the wind; sometimes it winds up on your chin. The Bolts can beat any team and lose to the lowest of the low teams (see Raiders) depending on what Chargers team shows up. If the Bolts make a wild card game it will be because the other contenders for that spot stumbled more than the Chargers. The rest of the season (eight games) are a toss up even though the schedule is harder than the first 8 games.