The 7-6 Los Angeles Chargers head into week 15 with the playoffs on the line. Standing in their way is the 7-6 Kansas City Chiefs.
Four weeks into the NFL season the Chargers were not in good shape. Many picked the team to be a playoff dark horse, who could blame them? The team was one of the most talented in the league, in a new city, with a new head coach that was going to change the culture. The team drafted well and became one of the scariest in the league.
After a 3-6 start, the Los Angeles Chargers finally started living up to that potential. To be fair, the team has had one of the hardest schedules in the league as well as some bad luck. Take away two muffed field goals and this team is 9-4. Take away the disaster against the Jaguars and they are 10-3.
However, that is in the past and nothing can be changed about it. The team must look ahead, to their final three weeks of the season and their final push towards the playoffs. Two division games, one against and Chiefs and one against the Raiders, and the Jets stand in their way.
Week 15 is easily the most important of the trio. Los Angeles is currently tied with Kansas City for first place, with them owning the tiebreaker. Aside from the Chargers the Chiefs play the Dolphins and Broncos. If the Chargers lose, they would need the Chiefs to lose both of their final games.
That likely is not going to happen.
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Thus, the AFC West will be decided in week 15. Will it guarantee the winner? No. Last time the two teams squared off the Chiefs easily walked away with a 24-10. This time is different. The Chargers have what it takes. They will get the job done on Saturday.
Los Angeles has done more than enough to prove that they are one of the most talented teams in the NFL. Ignore the 0-4 start, ignore the tiny soccer stadium that they cannot even fill. The Chargers are riding a four-game win streak and are blowing opponents out.
Keenan Allen has returned to superhuman form, picking apart even the best secondaries in the league. That banks off of Philip Rivers’ strong play. With 1097 passing yards and six touchdowns over the last three weeks, Rivers could even sneak into the MVP discussion.
With a scary good defense and a hot offense, the sky is the limit for the Los Angeles Chargers. In week 15, they will prove they are the best the AFC West has to offer.