Lady luck has certainly been smiling on the San Diego Chargers recently with every team the Bolts needed to lose falling in Week 16. Though the team still needs some additional help to make it into the postseason this year, it seems even more assistance could be coming from an unexpected source in the season’s final week.
After this past weekend locked the Kansas City Chiefs into the No. 5 seed as the top wild card team in the AFC, word has it that Andy Reid may rest his starters against the Chargers on Sunday. This would be a huge benefit to the Bolts even though they pulled out a shootout victory on the road at Arrowhead earlier in the season. Not having to defend guys like Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe, and the incomparable Jamaal Charles would really aid the Chargers’ push for their first winning record since 2010 and potentially their first trip to the playoffs since 2009.
Though no team likes to back into the playoffs, the Chiefs would be best served by resting their top guys with the Denver Broncos now locked in as AFC West champions and nothing left to play for this week. Getting a win on Sunday for the Chargers would be enough to make their first season under head coach Mike McCoy a success story, but getting losses from both the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins in addition to that victory would make the improbable turnaround a real Cinderella narrative.
It’s been great to watch the energy the Bolts have carried down the stretch this year as opposed to seasons past where they appeared to just be going through the motions under former head coach Norv Turner. There’s no doubt this new regime has instilled a belief in the young guys and veterans alike that this team is headed for bigger and better things in the future.
This coming Sunday will decide if that bright future has to wait until next season or if their turnaround will be an ongoing adventure into the playoffs. Obviously the Chiefs not fielding their starters would go a long way toward helping one-third of the necessary pieces fall into place.