The Chargers Are Mathematically Still Alive and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystNovember 20, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 18:  (L-R) Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers talks to quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst #6 of the San Diego Chargers during a timeout against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Are there still any Chargers fans out there that believe they have what it takes to turn their season around? Bueller? Bueller?

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego compares the Chargers' chances to winning the lotto. Stranger things have happened, but at this point the playoffs are not even something appropriate to talk about according to Philip Rivers. That should probably tell you all you need to know about the chances that this team can win enough games to make a push for the playoffs.

The Chargers need to win just about every game left on the schedule and even then they might need some luck to make it to the playoffs. This is the same team that doesn’t have a win against a team other than Kansas City since Week 2. This is a team that has only beaten the Raiders, Titans and Chiefs, who have a combined record of 8-22. Do you believe in miracles?

It’s obviously disappointing if you are a fan of the Chargers and thought this was finally the year that Norv Turner’s team made it back to the playoffs.

The offseason is like the first year of a relationship; flaws don’t concern you and even if the team is not the prettiest, she’s yours. The season is like the second year of a relationship; gradually the flaws start to bug you and you try to fix those flaws. It’s rare that you can find a midseason fix and you either learn to live with the flaws or you start over.

"Mathematically not eliminated" is like the last-ditch effort to salvage the relationship, but both sides know it's over.

More news around the AFC West...

San Diego

Nick Canepa of the U-T San Diego compares the Chargers to solid waste piled a mile high. Ouch.

The Chargers did manage to fix one flaw in the relationship, with Danario Alexander looking like a real steal according to Ricky Henne of the team’s official website.


Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says the injury to Willis McGahee will force a big decision in Broncos run game.

Coming off a long suspension, the Broncos wasted no time getting linebacker D.J. Williams into the lineup according to Legwold.


Dennis Allen vows to keep battling according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Monte Poole of the Contra Costa Times has a surprisingly soft stance on Oakland’s 3-7 season.

Kansas City

The Chiefs face the seemingly impossible task of beating the Broncos on Sunday according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

It will be harder to beat the Broncos with a banged-up offensive line, but like every other team in the NFL they have adopted the next man up approach according to Reid Ferrin of the team’s official website.