In Week 10 the San Diego Chargers faced their first big AFC West test of the season against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. That tilt came on the heels of a disappointing last second loss to the Washington Redskins on the road that the team probably should have won. It only seems to make sense that the Bolts get a mulligan in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs after falling in a similarly disappointing fashion to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.
Sitting at 0-2 in the division and fighting for their playoff lives, these Chargers have everything to gain and really nothing to lose this Sunday. A three-game losing skid has hit the squad following their bye in Week 8, and their once promising season has turned into one that could have an eye on the future sooner rather than later.
Still this game with the Chiefs will give the Chargers an opportunity to regain some clout as a real threat to obtain the sixth and final wild card spot in the AFC. Despite being 4-6 they are amazingly just a game behind the 5-5 New York Jets and the Dolphins who just beat San Diego in Week 11. These two teams aren’t scaring anyone, however, as they have been about as inconsistent as the Chargers this season.
That hints that the playoffs are more than a far off pipe dream for the Bolts regardless of their lackluster play of late. San Diego’s horrid conference record of 2-5 won’t do them any favors as they rank last among the four-win teams in the playoff chase, but a win over the Chiefs would improve that as well as their fading confidence.
Do-over opportunities don’t come around everyday so the Chargers had better take advantage of this chance on Sunday. There’s no doubt San Diego has a scary offense with Philip Rivers at the controls and even running back Ryan Mathews has been coming on of late. A win at Arrowhead Stadium could propel this team right back into the conversation of ‘team you want to face least in the wild card round of the playoffs’ come January.