5. The Chargers (pretty much) control their own destiny
The Chargers, after infamously starting 0-4, find themselves right back in the mix at 5-6. They are now 5-2 in their last seven and have a great chance to get in. Now yes, the Chargers technically speaking don’t control their own destiny with teams like the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans just a game ahead of them in the Wild Card race and Kansas City is up a game and half in the division. But, should the Chargers keep playing like they’re playing and take care of their own business, they’ll get in.
It really speaks to the coaching of Anthony Lynn as well as the team’s character that the team has been able to find itself back in the playoff conversation after such a bad start. We’ll have to see how the rest of the season plays out, but the Chargers are currently playing like one of the best teams in the league at the moment.
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The Chargers are back. The rout of Buffalo was not some kind of fluke. This defense is elite and the offense has really picked it back up. Special teams is still a concern, especially with the injury to Novak, but this team is really dominant right now. They’ve finally put it all together.
The Chargers head back to L.A. to face the Cleveland Browns next week in what SHOULD be a win. We all remember the feeling of losing to the Browns last year. But that was a completely deteriorated team at the end of the season. This is different. This is a team that is ready to go against the best, and ready to unleash against the worst. Pick up the W, and you’re back at .500 after starting 0-4. Now THAT would be an accomplishment.