4. Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?
The famous words of Jim Mora echoed in my head after the loss Saturday. The Chargers have to just focus on winning the next two games against the Jets and the Raiders, which aren’t easy wins by any means. I think if they do that, they probably get in the playoffs because the Titans are really struggling and have a tough final two games, and the Bills have to play the Patriots. But they really can’t take anything for granted.
Going past the idea of making the playoffs, what do we honestly think this team can do there? With some injuries and inconsistent play in a hostile environment in Kansas City, do we honestly think this team is bound for a deep playoff run or something? My answer is no. Don’t get me wrong–I’d love to still see this team make the playoffs, which they really still can get in. But this team really doesn’t strike me as a threat in the playoffs after what I saw Saturday.
5. The Chargers are going to be dealing with a Kareem Hunt problem for years to come.
In two games this season, Kareem Hunt has gashed the Chargers’ defense for 150 yards both times. He also had 7 receptions out of the backfield to go along with the yards in the second game.
The Chargers’ problems seem to specifically relate to Hunt and how the Chiefs use him as opposed to a larger scale rushing problem, which is good overall I suppose. Bad news is the Chargers have to play the Chiefs twice a year. Regardless of who the QB is in the future (Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes or other), that offense is going to go through Hunt. And that’s a scary prospect for the Chargers to have to deal with, regardless of having a pretty good defense.
The Chargers see their four-game win streak snapped in a crucial game where they had a chance to control their own destiny. The team has to rebound next week in their matchup with the Jets and then win in L.A. against the Raiders to close out the year if they still want a shot at the playoffs.
But it’s going to really depend on the dominoes that fall in front of them in Tennessee, Buffalo and Baltimore. And even in the event of a playoff appearance, I don’t know that I have too much faith in this team to do much of anything.