The LA Chargers have a legitimate chance to win the AFC West for the first time since 2009 as they are just half a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs while currently owning the head-to-head tiebreaker. If the Chargers beat the Denver Broncos in Week 12 then they will be tied with the Chiefs at 7-4 atop the AFC West.
While the Chargers schedule is undoubtedly easier in the last month and a half, the team still needs to execute, and realistically, probably needs to win five of the final six games in order to lock up the AFC West. Sure, the Chiefs could lose several games, but the Chargers cannot be banking on that. The Bolts need to finish strong and if they are going to finish strong then certain players have to step up.
The 5 LA Chargers who must step up to outlast the Chiefs:
1. Mike Williams
Keenan Allen said before Week 11 that the key to unlocking the Chargers offense was getting Mike Williams involved and of course, Williams is the one that hauled in the game-winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was not a massive game for Williams but he came up with the biggest catch of the game, finishing with five receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown.
While that is a good game on paper, if it was not for that game-winning touchdown he would have had another mediocre game. We cannot take away the fact that he delivered in the biggest spot possible, but the Chargers are going to need Williams to be a more consistent weapon in the offense over these last six weeks.
He does not have to go back to the insane numbers that he was posting in the first five weeks of the season but it is important that he can help contribute and take some of the pressure off of Keenan Allen. The Chargers defense is not the best (more on that later) and Williams is an important part of the offense taking some of the pressure off.
If the Chargers are going to win the division then Williams is going to have to finish strong, plain and simple. There is not a reality in which the Chargers win the division with Williams playing like he did in Weeks 6-10.