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LA Chargers: 4 things that must happen to make the NFL Playoffs

Sep 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn argues with a referee during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn argues with a referee during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers could overcome a 1-4 start to make the NFL Playoffs.

The LA Chargers have started the 2020 season with a 1-4 record in a very disappointing fashion. All four of the team’s losses easily could have been won if you flip one thing about every game but that is just the Charger way.

Some fans may have given up on making the NFL Playoffs but with seven playoff teams now in each conference, it definitely is still alive. It would take some work, but the Chargers are through the hardest part of their schedule and are looking to turn a corner after the bye week.

It is not going to be easy and it is going to take some key wins (and some help) for the Bolts to return to the NFL Playoffs. Here are the four things on the playoff checklist.

Current NFL Standings

1. The LA Chargers must finish 9-7

I had the LA Chargers finishing 8-8 in both my preseason record prediction as well as the latest record prediction heading out of the bye week. While the Chargers theoretically could make the playoffs with an 8-8 record, it is very unlikely that it actually happens.

The fact of the matter is that there are too many contending teams in the AFC for the Chargers to expect to make it with an 8-8 record. Sure, the seventh playoff team very well could be 8-8, but based on the tiebreakers and what we know about each team, it is highly unlikely that it would be the Chargers.

Simply put: get to nine wins and remove the need to win a certain tiebreaker. An 8-8 record would probably be enough in the NFC, not the AFC, where there are more teams in the mix.

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