The Los Angeles Chargers had a huge win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football and now there is a realistic roadmap to winning the AFC West.
The Los Angeles Chargers did not need to win the Sunday Night Football matchup over the Pittsburgh Steelers. While winning would make every fan more comfortable about the team’s status as an actual contender, the Chargers are still a near-lock for the postseason.
With a 33-30 win over the Steelers, the Chargers have now moved to 9-3 on the season and are on everyone’s radar as a legitimate contender. What sucks for the Chargers is that, despite being tied for the second-best record in the AFC, the team is in the same division as the 10-2 Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers do have one more game against the Chiefs to potentially even the records but a loss earlier in the year will haunt the Bolts. The Chargers lost a very sloppy game to the Denver Broncos.
This means that the best division record the Chargers can have is 2-2. If the Chargers and Chiefs both end up 13-3, the worst the Chiefs’ divisional record can be is 3-1. The Chargers can finish 13-3 and still not get a first-round bye.
The Chargers need the Chiefs to somehow finish 12-4.
While that loss is really hurting the team, there is still a roadmap for the Chargers to win the AFC West. The Chiefs are not invincible and have yet to play the disappointing game that every NFL team has.
Plus, the Chiefs made the right call in releasing Kareem Hunt. While I wholeheartedly agree with their decision, it does leave a hole at running back. I would rather lose with Spencer Ware then win with Hunt, though.
We absolutely need the Chargers to defeat the Chiefs. If the Chargers lose that game, nothing else really matters. Here are the other two teams remaining on the schedule that can actually beat KC and give them four losses on the year.