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The Chargers may sneak up up people in 2012
I hate to admit it, but the San Diego Chargers do not cope well with pressure.
In the past, the Chargers have consistently fallen short of expectations. When pundits and fans alike were placing them as the odds-on-favorites to win the Super Bowl, they didn't live up to the bill. Now, no one is picking them to win the Super Bowl—many people aren't even picking them to win the AFC West.
This is when the Chargers are dangerous.
When playing with house money, so to speak, they have done very well. In Drew Brees' last year in San Diego, the team finished third in the division at 9-7. The next year, 2006, was to be QB Philip Rivers' first as a starter, and few experts expected much from San Diego. They surprised everyone by going 14-2.
Then, in 2008, the team barely squeaked into the playoffs at 8-8. Many thought it was time for the Bolts to pass the torch. Well, in 2009 they finished 13-3 and ran away with the West. With few people outside San Diego picking the Chargers to do much this year, I expect them to make some noise and win the division once again.