San Diego trails the 5-3 Denver Broncos for the AFC West lead with Denver currently owning the tiebreaker due to a win over them three weeks ago.
If San Diego defeats the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, they will enter their following game against Denver with a 5-4 record which would worst case scenario be a game behind Denver.
If San Diego beats Denver in Denver, they would own the tiebreaker because the teams would be 1-1 against each other while San Diego would be 4-1 against AFC West opponents and Denver would be 2-1 against AFC West opponents.
San Diego also trails the Pittsburgh Steelers by one game for the final wild card spot.
In order for San Diego to make their push they will need better play from Philip Rivers, their offensive line and their run game.
Rivers ranks fifth in the NFL with 10 interceptions, only 10 teams have allowed more sacks than San Diego’s offensive line and San Diego ranks 18th in yards per rushing attempt.
Ryan Mathews is at 4.4 yards per rushing attempt down from his average of 4.9 last season. San Diego needs better play from Mathews who is on pace for two rushing touchdowns this season.
I expect better play from Mathews and Rivers who are the keys to success for San Diego to make a push for a playoff spot.
San Diego would take a step in the right direction with a victory on Sunday which would lead to their biggest game of the season in week 11.