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Chargers win vs. Colts proves San Diego could be playoff-worthy

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Concudan
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    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on...colts-proves-san-diego-could-be-playoffworthy

    The Chargers are in third place in the AFC West, and for now, it looks like they have little chance to climb into the top half of their division. This, of course, is what happens when two teams in the same division, the Chiefs and the Broncos, go undefeated through the first six games of the season for the first time in nearly 80 years.

    So, at this point, it looks unreasonable for San Diego to have a shot at winning the division and getting into the playoffs that way or taking one of the wild-card entries that also would gain them entry into the postseason for the first time since 2009.

    But there is the other wild card, and considering the way the Chargers played in its 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday, who's to say San Diego couldn't become the third team in the AFC West to make the playoffs this season?

    Philip Rivers -- who, you might recall, had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2012 -- is playing inspired ball at the quarterback position, the duo of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead at running back are helping keep the Chargers offense on the field, and rookie receiver Keenan Allen had a career-high nine catches (for 107 yards) Monday.

    They were the eighth-best team in the league in time of possession (31:25 per game) heading into Monday, and against the Colts, they dominated that stat, holding the ball for 38:31. Not only that, but on four consecutive scoring drives Monday, the Chargers ran 10 plays or more.

    That is crazy.

    "We knew if we didn't turn the ball over and sustained drives that we'd give ourselves a chance to win ... " Rivers told ESPN after the game. "We didn't go into the game saying we should play ball control, but we did sustain drives. ... That's the way we need to able to run the football."

    In reality, new head coach Mike McCoy -- formerly the offensive coordinator with the Broncos who had to change his offense to fit the talents of Kyle Orton, then Tim Tebow andthen Peyton Manning -- has run an impressive offense for much of the season.

    On Monday, that offense served as the best defense as well, because for long stretches of the game, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had to watch his teammates try and fail to stop the Chargers from gaining first down after first down.

    The problem with San Diego so far this season, though, has been that the defense has been subpar. The Chargers entered the game ranked 28th in the league, and it's also failed to hold leads put up by the offense, allowing two opponents to make disheartening comebacks. The Texans scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to win in Week 1, and the Titans scored 10 points in the final quarter to win in Week 3.

    Forgive Chargers fans if they were ready for another late-game disaster vs. Indianapolis.

    That's what made the final 9:43 on Monday a potentially nerve-wracking scenario. The Chargers couldn't do much of anything in the red zone, relying mostly on kicker Nick Novak. Early in the fourth quarter, they held a 16-6 lead. With one of the best young quarterbacks in the league on the other sideline, 10 points didn't seem like enough.

    But somehow it was. Defensive end Kendall Reyes sacked Luck for the only time of the night, leading to a long Adam Vinatieri field goal that cut the lead to 16-9. A few minutes later, with the Colts stuck deep on their side of the field, San Diego safety Eric Weddle tackled Colby Fleener two yards short of the first down to force a punt with 3:29 to play.

    After a long Novak field goal extended the lead to 10 again, Chargers cornerback Derek Coxintercepted Luck after Reggie Wayne deflected it. Turns out that it's only the second time in his career that Luck hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in a game.

    Defensive coordinator John Pagano's defense had showcased some problems this year, but facing his brother -- the head coach in Indianapolis -- seemed to cure some of the Chargers woes. After the game, John and Chuck Pagano met mid-field and gave each other a big embrace.

    Maybe they'll see each other again. Who knows, maybe it'll be in the 2013 playoffs.
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    No more than the loss at the Raiders proves we aren't playoff bound. The truth is that we have no idea how things will go and that the Chargers can control their own destiny after the bye with four games against the Broncos and Chiefs as well as two tough games vs Bengals and Dolphins. The team will absolutely get to show its character and considering how they love to rise to the occasion, it's speaks of good things. Still this season has been a little too roller coaster in terms of fan emotions to keep me from getting too high or low.
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    lol @ Playoffs
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    I figure we have to win a minimum of 7 of our final 10 just to have a shot at a wildcard. Which means beating KC and/or DEN at least once and not losing anymore out of conference games.

    There is always a chance a team like KC crashes back to earth, but we need to get on fire after the bye.
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    If we can roll into the bye at 5-3 we will be sitting pretty... But that is a big if with a small likelihood...
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    I don't think the Bolts can be 5-3 at their bye and if they can then I'm all for it!!!!
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    A wildcard is hopeful at this point....
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    It's simple, really:

    If the Chargers can run up an 80-0 score on Jacksonville, this Sunday
    the NFL can choose to designate that as TWO Charger victories,
    which is how the Chargers could be sitting at 5-3 after (by the old math) seven games.

    Pretty obvious, when ya think about it...

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    "Eagles & Cowboys (2) + Colts & Jaguars (2) = 5" --Winston
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    Of course the best they can be is 4-3 going into the bye but a lot of teams are going to be 4-3 as well. It really depends if the D can man up and make Denver and KC games just that, games. I think Rivers has shown with a few seconds to look downfield he makes the right call.
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    Yep 4-3, 5-3 would be the HUGE if coming out of the bye and facing the Denver Mannings...
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    That splains it, thanks for clarifying it for me I ditched that year of skewl.
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    This week, I'm picking COLTS OVER DEN..... (DEN HAS BEEN EXPOSED even with Von Miller coming back)
    I don't see HOU Beating KC so they'll roll on.
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    I hope you're right about the Colts, Kayworks. that'd be great!

    I just hope the Chargers that showed up against Oakland don't show up against Jacksonville. Cause that would suck.
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    can you spot the contradiction there?
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    So, guys are discussing whether the team can be 5-3 after 7 games, & that's the contradiction that jumps out at you? :)
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    the 5-3 thing was 1)too easy and 2)already made fun of

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