SDUT: Chargers think AFC West still attainable

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

By Kevin Acee

November 15, 2005

A week off provided the Chargers with a chance to assess what has been and what remains. They returned to work yesterday like so many folks just back from vacation, gung-ho about the work that awaits them.

"The four games we lost, it was all on us," cornerback Quentin Jammer said. "Nobody came in and beat us. We beat ourselves. If we come out and play like we know we can play, we can win. If we make the mental errors we made in those four losses, we probably won't win out. But I think we've got ourselves in a situation where we know we can win these seven ballgames."

Jammer and everyone else was sure to say yesterday they are focused only on Buffalo this Sunday. But they also know what the ultimate goal is.

"We've just got to win all our games," fullback Lorenzo Neal said. "That will get us in the playoffs."

Winners of their past two games, the Chargers are 5-4. Winning out would make them 12-4 and mean they beat the Denver Broncos in the season finale, which might very well mean they would win the AFC West.

And, fact is, winning the West is what the Chargers need to do to take away any postseason suspense.

"The key is to try to get the AFC West championship," linebacker Donnie Edwards said. "It's in our hands. We've got to go be able to take care of business."

Denver leads the Chargers by two games. While the Broncos in no way appear to be slowing down, there are perils ahead, with games at Dallas and Kansas City.

"I don't want to get to the point where we're watching everything they do and chase them," LaDainian Tomlinson cautioned. "You've got to continue to focus on yourself. You don't want to worry about them. We'll see how it plays out. You never know. They still have some tough games left just like we do."

Sure, at this point, it is all what-ifs.

"It's a long season," quarterback Drew Brees said. "A lot of things can happen."

Look no further than the Chargers of 2002, who started 7-3 and finished 8-8.

But as the Chargers' schedule appears to give a bit, allowing reason to believe that 10 victories are not only possible but perhaps probable, now is a good time to assess what it might take for the Chargers to make the playoffs.

The optimist can see a 10-6 record being good enough for a postseason berth. And since 1992, only one 10-6 team (the 2003 Miami Dolphins) has not made the playoffs.

But a look at the rest of the AFC reveals that Cincinnati (7-2) and Jacksonville (6-3) have a head start in the race for the conference's two wild-card spots.

The Bengals have a two-game lead on the Chargers. Jacksonville has a one-game edge. Both have kind schedules.

The Jaguars play three road games in a row beginning Sunday, but all against bad teams (at Tennessee, Arizona and Cleveland), and then return home to face undefeated Indianapolis. And three potential pitfalls can be seen on Cincinnati's schedule – Indianapolis on Sunday and road games Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh and Jan. 1 at Kansas City.

The other possible wild-card team is current AFC North leader Pittsburgh (7-2). The Steelers are the favorites to win their division because they beat Cincinnati last month and host the Bengals next month. And their final four games are against Chicago, Minnesota, Cleveland and Detroit.

The Chargers would prefer not to think of such things.

"You want to win the division," Brees said. "It's really step one. . . . When you're a wild card, you're second place in your division. You don't strive to be second place. You strive to win your division. If you just think about that you don't have too many things to think about. You have one focus: Win your division."


Oct 18, 2005
I think that we will have to finish at 11-5 to get a playoff spot. If we don't win the division, we will get a wild card berth. The other wildcard spot will most likely go to Cincy.


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Oct 10, 2006
believe it sunday in denver chargers31 donkettes13 i believe its our time things are snowballing our way now on our road to 41 i bleed blue and gold,megold


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Jun 27, 2006
megold0715 said:
believe it sunday in denver chargers31 donkettes13 i believe its our time things are snowballing our way now on our road to 41 i bleed blue and gold,megold
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