Only one team in NFL history has started a season 0-4 and still qualified for the playoffs.
Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the league. Having won five of their last seven games, one of which was a complete destruction of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, the Chargers are now almost expected to win the AFC West by many.
Think back to the way this season started.
The Kansas City Chiefs went into Gillette Stadium and punished the New England Patriots in the season’s kickoff game. The Chargers came out flat against what has become a terrible Denver Broncos team before getting off to an 0-4 start. Meanwhile, the Chiefs jumped out to a 5-0 start.
That fact alone makes it shocking that we’re even having the discussion of the Chargers and the postseason, let alone having a chance to win the division.
The AFC West was expected to be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL this year. The Chargers were picked by many to be at the bottom of it. The way this season started, a lot of that seemed true.
None of it looks true at this point as the Chargers are playing great team football. Philip Rivers has looked great and Keenan Allen is playing as well as any wide receiver in football and the defense has been terrific.
It has all led to a winning recipe for the Chargers and their 0-4 start has become an afterthought.
This season is starting to look and feel a whole lot like the 1992 year. That season, 25 years ago, the Chargers were playing in San Diego. They started 0-4, with two of those losses coming against divisional opponents, just like this year. But after rattling off 11 wins in 12 games, the Chargers ended up winning the division by one game. The team they overtook to win the division? You guessed it, the Chiefs.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at that ’92 season for the Chargers.