Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks with San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos beat the Chargers 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
I watched the entire Seahawks vs. Broncos game on Sunday. I learned a few things from that overtime thriller, one being that the Broncos are beatable. They are still a good, if not great football team that will be in contention for the division title all year. The standings have the Chargers and Broncos tied at the top of the division. The Chiefs have looked vulnerable, but should not be counted out and the Raiders are, as usual, bad.
I saw many predictions and opinions leading up to this season that had the Chargers finishing 3rd in the AFC West, behind the Broncos and Chiefs. I also saw many that had both the Chiefs and Chargers making the playoffs. ESPN the Magazine picked the Bolts to go 8-8, mainly due to a tough schedule. What do they think now? The Chargers have taken down the defending champion Seahawks and beat a then undefeated Buffalo Bills team on the road. Looking ahead, the Chargers have the winless Jaguars, the struggling Jets, and the winless Raiders in these next three games. If the Bolts can win those 3 games that they really should win, they could be sitting at 5-1.
Now, we all have learned never to count a win for our beloved Bolts before the game starts, because they have let us down in the past. But let’s say for a moment that the Chargers don’t have that Chargers game in the next month. What would be stopping them from taking the AFC West by the horns? They do not play the Broncos until week 8 and the Broncos have a little harder road these next few weeks than the Chargers. They face the Cardinals after their bye this week, and then they play the 49ers the week before the Chargers go to Denver. So, why not us? Yes, the Chargers are banged up. And it is way too early to start Christmas shopping much less make predictions for January football, as it is barely week 4 of the season. Anything can happen. But the Chargers have a good opportunity to assert themselves among the best in the AFC in the next 3 to 4 weeks. Only time will tell.