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AFC Playoff Preview: How will the Chargers fit in?

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack with defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack with defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack with defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack with defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

With continuity at the top of the AFC, where will the Los Angeles Chargers fit in at seasons end? Here are my predictions for the AFC will pan out.

The 2019 NFL season is now just days away. The Chargers, and the rest of the AFC, find themselves in almost the exact same position as last year. The New England Patriots and division rival Kansas City Chiefs are the class of the conference right now and barring any injuries or drastic improvement from the Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers or any other team, that should continue into this season. Keep reading for the AFC playoff preview.

As we learned last week, one sudden injury or retirement can change a team’s season in a matter of seconds. When it comes to predicting who will make the playoffs we need to objectively analyze facts and past history.

One thing we know for certain is that on average there are two different playoff teams in each conference every season in the NFL. We generally know which teams are not expected to be playoff contenders. The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders are currently or should be rebuilding. The New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos should be better than they were last year but still seem a ways away from being playoff teams. That leaves us with ten teams fighting for six playoff spots.

We’ll go division by division, outlining the playoff chances for each team.

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