Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Still keeping the bag over the head for the Morning Dump. We still need a lot of help, but it is nice to see the Chargers playing like we expected. I am still believing!

Judging from their three-game winning streak, they have chosen the smash-mouth approach and say they’re still a work in progress. That’s a scary thought considering Sunday’s 34-14 drilling of the Baltimore Ravens, which lifted the Chargers (7-7) into a second-place tie with the Oakland Raiders and within a game of the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos.

SAN DIEGO — The best scenario for suddenly resurgent Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers to reach the playoffs is to win their final two games — both on the road — and have Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos follow their loss to New England with two more defeats.

Jim Schwartz wasn’t biting on questions about the Detroit Lions’ playoff prospects nor how big was Sunday’s comeback victory over the Oakland Raiders during his weekly news conference today.

Coach Jim Schwartz said Monday several injured players that didn’t play against the Raiders, or were injured during the game, could be healthy enough to get back on the field against the Chargers. That includes safety Louis Delmas (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (knee), cornerback Aaron Berry (shoulder) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh).

Philip Rivers is suddenly playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the league again, and the team proved the streak was no fluke with a blowout win over Baltimore.

A couple of familiar faces played major roles in the Chargers’ all-encompassing beatdown of the Ravens Sunday night.