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Chargers: Awards at midpoint of 2019 NFL season

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball as Justin Houston #99 of the Indianapolis Colts defends during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball as Justin Houston #99 of the Indianapolis Colts defends during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Chargers are at the midpoint of their season, so here are some awards for the best and the worst of 2019 thus far. Who has your vote?

The Chargers aren’t exactly where most thought they would be prior to Week 1, but they are still in the thick of things after a close win last Sunday.

Here, let’s celebrate the best and worst of 2019.

Chargers best win

Well, sadly, there are only three to choose from, and one of them was a blowout over the Miami Dolphins. So it comes down to the Week 1 at home against the Indianapolis Colts, and the most recent Week 8 narrow victory over the Chicago Bears.

Here’s why the win over the Colts gets the nod here: It felt more earned. Granted, Adam Vinatieri missed a number of kicks in that game, but it didn’t come down to a last-second miss where he let his team down (see Bears, Chicago). The Chargers took the ball in overtime, drove down the field with ease and capped it off with an Austin Ekeler touchdown, giving them a win at home against an AFC playoff contender.

Chargers worst loss

Well, it certainly could be a tie for a number of games, but this one goes to the loss to the Houston Texans.

It was much more brutal to watch the Broncos or Titans losses, but falling to the Texans in Week 3 may hurt the Chargers the most in the long run. It’s unlikely the Broncos or Titans are going to make the postseason, but the Texans look right on track with a 5-3 record. Not only do the Chargers lose a game here, but they lose the potential tiebreaker when it comes to playoff seeding.

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