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8-8 isn't great, but it would mean playoffs for resurgent Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    By Vic Carucci | NFL.com
    Senior Columnist

    A cynic might say the NFC West doesn't merit sending a team to the playoffs. However, the 8-7 Arizona Cardinals punched their postseason ticket by winning the weak division long before Sunday's 47-7 loss to the New England Patriots.

    The AFC West also will have a shaky champion -- the winner of next Sunday night's regular-season finale between the 8-7 Denver Broncos and 7-8 San Diego Chargers.

    How about that? The Chargers, left for dead long ago, are one home win away from doing what so many of us assumed they would before the season began. And they could do it with an 8-8 record.

    San Diego has endured an extremely disappointing season. Questions have surfaced about coach Norv Turner's future, and there's league-wide buzz about growing disharmony in the locker room.

    And yet, with a victory over the Broncos, the Chargers would have a championship to celebrate. Where that might lead is anyone's guess.

    Give San Diego this much: It has won three games in a row. Quarterback Philip Rivers, left out of the Pro Bowl despite leading the NFL in passer rating and touchdown passes, continued to make his case for inclusion Sunday in a 41-24 victory at Tampa Bay by throwing for 287 yards and four TDs without an interception. LaDainian Tomlinson, criticized for losing a step, did some solid running with 90 yards on 21 carries.

    And the Chargers' defense, which had seemingly fallen off the face of the earth after linebacker Shawne Merriman's season-ending knee injury, forced three Bucs turnovers, including two Jeff Garcia interceptions.

    Of course, the Chargers wouldn't be in this position had the Broncos taken care of business against the Bills, who already were eliminated from playoff contention. Denver blew a 13-point lead on the way to a 30-23 loss and continues to show vulnerability in its pass defense, which Rivers could easily shred for another big game next weekend.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80d87c43&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true
     
  2. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    Are we this year's New York Giants of last year?
     
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Only time will tell.
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

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    Sssshhhhhhhhh!
     
  5. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    We're the Chargers of this year and the teams we face don't understand that-yet.
     
  6. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    8-8 sucks but we'll see what kind of team shows up in the playoffs.
     
  7. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    8-8 is not great.

    This team collapsing, then recovering from it to be the first team that was 4-8 and making the playoffs. That is not half bad.
     
  8. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    and the next time they lose, we will have 27 different fire Norv threads coming
     
  9. montanabolthead

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    If 8-8 gets us in, so what. How we handle it from that point forward is what will count.
     
  10. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Yep...


    Face it, we are 0-0 if we make the playoffs. We have to beat Denver first!
     
  11. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    :icon_toast:
     
  12. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Nahhhh. I say 7-9 calls for "Praise Norv" threads.
    1 and done in the playoffs... "Norv in 2012" threads!!!:yes:
     
  13. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    NO!!!! we are the BOLT'S and there is no other.
     
  14. Enormo

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    Sorry but no. This team's play hasn't accellerated into the playoffs. If they win against the Donkos they're still a wet noodle.
     
  15. Enormo

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    The next loss is moot.

    Fire Norv now.
     

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