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Week 16 outcomes that help the LA Chargers playoff chances

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7 win teams that the LA Chargers should root for:

Below are all the outcomes between seven-win teams that would help the LA Chargers playoff chances.

Denver Broncos over Las Vegas Raiders

This is really a toss-up and it comes down to which team we think could have a better end to the season. The Broncos play the Chargers and the Chiefs to end the year while the Raiders play the Colts and the Chargers.

Since the Chargers play both teams they can effectively end both team's playoff chances, which would be nice. At the end of the day, it is probably slightly better if the Broncos win, as the Chargers could beat them in Week 17 to go up two games before their showdown with the Chiefs, who will still have something to play for.

Meanwhile, the Raiders could lose this game and likely lose next week against the Colts and be out of the picture entirely in Week 18, giving the Chargers a better chance of winning.

Kansas City Chiefs over Pittsburgh Steelers

The chances of winning the division are effectively zero and instead it is more realistic to hope that the Chiefs beat the Steelers in order to keep the 7-6-1 Steelers below the LA Chargers. If the Steelers can somehow shock the Chiefs then we can think about the possibility of the Chargers sneaking into the division lead.

New Orleans Saints over Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are the quietest hot team in football as they are now 7-7 and take on a Saints team that is not as challenging as initially thought because of the injuries at quarterback.

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While Charger fans should not be worried about the Dolphins, the more cushion the team can get over the rest of the pack the better.