2. Get a favorable first-round matchup
In the playoffs, you are going to have to play the best teams in the league no matter what and you cannot nickel and dime your way to the Super Bowl with easier opponents. That being said, starting the postseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tennessee Titans is far different from starting with the Bengals or Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers must win the final two games of the year and hope Baltimore loses one in order to secure the fifth seed and get the winner of the AFC South. That would by no means be an easy game for the Bolts, but it would give them a much better chance of advancing to the second round.
And by then, anything could happen. There could be another upset in the wild-card round, knocking out one of the key competitors in the Bengals or Chiefs. If both wild card teams lose, the Bengals and Chiefs would slug it out in the divisional round while the Chargers would play the Bills (assuming they keep the no. 1 seed).
Buffalo is obviously a great football team but this would at least give the Chargers one easier game instead of having to beat the Bengals, Chiefs and Bills in three straight games to make the Super Bowl. That is tough.
Just look at last year's Bengals as a prime example. They got the worst playoff team in the Las Vegas Raiders in round one, got the worst one seed in recent history in round two with the Titans, and then got the Chiefs in the AFC Championship after their emotional win over Buffalo.
I love this team and hopefully they prove me wrong, I just can't see them beating the three AFC juggernauts in consecutive weeks. They need one break.