The Los Angeles Chargers were on the ropes on the road on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They were down 23-7 at halftime. Los Angeles stormed back in the second half and a game-winning field goal as time expired lifted them to a 33-30 victory.
The Chargers are now 9-3 in the AFC this season. They are in the five spot in the AFC because the Kansas City Chiefs lead the AFC West with a 10-2 record. Kansas City has already beaten them once this season. They will play each other again next Thursday night in Kansas City.
Philip Rivers is having an amazing season. He is 36 years old and Rivers has never appeared in a Super Bowl.
They have a solid backfield in Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. Gordon is currently injured right now. Justin Jackson is not a bad third running back at all. He also is quick and elusive.
Keenan Allen is a very good number one receiver for them. Antonio Gates continues to be a reliable target for Rivers. Gates only came back this season because of a Torn ACL to Hunter Henry at tight end. The offensive line is very good.
They have a very good front seven, including Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa at defensive end. Derwin James has been spectacular at safety during his rookie season and he is a big part of that defense. James is one of the favorites to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The Los Angeles Chargers have four games remaining in the regular season and it is against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) at home, the Kansas City Chiefs (10-2) on the road, the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) at home, and the Denver Broncos (6-6) on the road.
The Chargers will finish either 11-5 or 12-4 and be the first wild card spot. They would most likely face a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1) in the first-round. Los Angeles would also have to get past teams like the Houston Texans (9-3) and the New England Patriots (9-3).
Sooner or later, the Los Angeles Chargers will have to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, unless somebody does it for them. I think the Kansas City Chiefs are the best team in the AFC at the moment. I think the Chargers are the second best team in the AFC right now.
They have much better personnel than the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans do. The Patriots don’t have the juice like they have had in years past although they have won nine games this season. The Texans did start 0-3, but Houston has won nine straight games and their schedule has been easy.
This is the best shot the Los Angeles Chargers have to reach the Super Bowl this season. Philip Rivers isn’t getting younger and this could be his last good season he has. Rivers has a ton of help around him. The defense and special teams also have played a big role. It is a Super Bowl or bust mentality for this team.