Three reasons the LA Chargers can get to the Super Bowl

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Los Angeles has the defense that can do it

Philip Rivers is one thing. Playing a team with plenty of grit and fight in them is another thing. Trying to score on the sixth best defense in all of football is an entirely different monster, and it is what will absolutely help their case as the season comes to a close.

They’re allowing 18.4 points per game on defense, and they can’t afford to let such an opportunity slip away.

In their last five games of the year, three of them are at home and their next one is against the still win-less Cleveland Browns. With their latest loss, Cleveland dropped to an unfortunate 0-11 and in a situation that the Chargers absolutely avoided by turning things around quickly.

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Add to that the fact that their other two home games are against the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders, the only things stopping LA from going places is themselves. The only bad news is that they’re really good at getting in their own way, but down this stretch it will be incredibly hard to do.

The game versus Cleveland should be all but a lock despite being way too early in the week to know how preparation and injuries factor into things. It’s the 0-11 Browns who can’t play for the life of them, and the Chargers will be playing with something heavy on their shoulders.

Oakland and Washington have been far from what they could be this season, so as long as LA plays with the same heart they should be okay in those games. Where it gets interesting is the fact that they have a road game in Kansas City remaining and a road game against the Jets thrown in the mix as well.

Should the Chiefs salvage what’s left of their season, the game in Kansas City could be what decides the division. That is, unless the Raiders come out of nowhere and make it come down to Week 17 in their game versus the Chargers.

If Los Angeles can go 4-1 in these last five games, they could end up with a home game during wild card weekend and build from there.