By Dave Thomas
The place was this Los Angeles Chargers group after the primary month of the season?
Beginning the season zero-four, the Chargers have been left for lifeless by many NFL prognosticators. The truth is, there have been ideas that the Bolts would have final place within the AFC West all to themselves when the season completed.
Turning the web page to early December, the Chargers are within the thick of issues in what’s each a aggressive and fewer-than-stellar AFC West.
With solely Denver at three-9 actually out of the AFC West race, Kansas Metropolis, Los Angeles and Oakland sit tied for first. Whereas the Chiefs at present maintain the division because of the first tiebreaker rule, the opposite two are proper on their heels.
So, what to anticipate these final 4 video games of the common season?
Chargers Have Momentum On Their Aspect
Whereas Kansas Metropolis has been in a free-fall this final month of play (losers of 4 straight), Los Angeles has as an alternative been trending in the other way.
Early within the season, the Chiefs appeared like one of many AFC favorites to make it to the Tremendous Bowl. Though that would nonetheless occur, not too many people across the NFL are betting on it today.
In the meantime, the Chargers have been on a tear, profitable their final three contests by a mixed rating of one hundred and one-forty. Throughout this roll, Los Angeles has crushed three groups that aren’t precisely the Patriots or the Eagles. That stated, the wins all add up simply the identical.
Heading into this Sunday’s house contest with the floundering Washington Redskins (5-7), the Chargers have yet one more shot to maintain the great occasions rolling.
Whereas Washington is greater than able to pulling the upset, the Redskins are all however left for lifeless within the NFC East. Though nonetheless mathematically alive within the NFC Wild Card race, not many individuals expect a lot from Washington over these final 4 video games aside from to play the position of a spoiler.
What could possibly be a purple flag for Los Angeles can be the workforce being caught looking forward to Dec. sixteen.
On that Saturday night time, the Chargers journey to Arrowhead Stadium to satisfy the rival Chiefs. With Kansas Metropolis profitable the primary assembly in Los Angeles again in September, the Chargers can’t afford to stumble twice to their longtime AFL rival. A loss in Kansas Metropolis might put the Chargers on the chopping block so far as the playoffs go.
To not be forgotten, the Oakland Raiders additionally sit at 6-6 within the AFC West race. In wanting on the Raiders’ remaining schedule, they’ve a pair of massive dates with Kansas Metropolis (Dec. 10) and Los Angeles (Dec. 31). Throw in a house recreation with Dallas (Dec. 17) and a troublesome street date at Philadelphia (Christmas night time), one might argue the Raiders have probably the most troublesome path to claiming the division crown.
So, buckle up your chinstrap and prepare for what ought to definitely be an entertaining final 4 weeks to the 2017 NFL season.