After a spectacular victory over the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers‘ season just was dealt a major blow when the Miami Dolphins defeated the New England Patriots 24-20. It is a big blow because the Chargers need both the Baltimore Ravens and Dolphins to finish the season 1-2. That was very possible prior to today, as not many people thought the Dolphins could pull off the upset.
So, should Chargers fans pack it up and head in for the holidays? The answer is no! While things may be grim to some, this is still the NFL and there is no telling what will happen over the course of the next two weeks. The Chargers have a good chance to go 2-0 with home games against the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens’ schedule is tough, with games against the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Patriots. I’m banking that they’ll finish 1-2, or maybe even 0-3.
That leaves it completely up to the Dolphins. They have to lose their last two games against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Both of those teams have played “okay” and could easily play spoilers to Miami’s playoff chances. Although the Dolphins did impress today against the Patriots, they are still very inconsistent.
Things may look a bit grim for the Chargers, but there is no reason to lose all hope at this point. This team has impressed as of late, and I truly believe they are the best team fighting for a playoff spot. They did lose a head -to-head game against the Dolphins, but the Bolts’ offense is more consistent and their defense has improved greatly since their last loss. If the Chargers make the playoffs, no one will want to play them. Chargers fans, it’s okay. Calm down, cross your fingers, and be ready for a fight over the next two weeks.