San Diego Chargers

Chargers vs. Bengals: San Diego's Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Week 13

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 2: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers walks off the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 2, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers lost to the Bengals 20-13. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Alex RamirezCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

San Diego matched its loss total from a year ago today.

Through 12 games, the Chargers have lost eight and won four. Two of those wins were against the 2-10 Kansas City Chiefs. The other two were against the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

To be more specific, the San Diego Chargers have four wins that have come against teams with a combined record of 11-37. Norv Turner will coach four more games in San Diego before being shown the door. A.J. Smith may or may not join him. (He should.)

One week after giving up a 4th-and-29 to the Ravens, which ultimately led to their seventh loss, the Chargers stayed in San Diego to face another AFC North team, the Cincinnati Bengals. Although the outcome was still the same as last week, the Bolts played a little better.


Winners: Demorrio Williams, John Pagano and Danario Alexander.

Demorrio Williams, filling in for the injured Donald Butler, had his second interception for a touchdown Sunday. He's played outstanding in his first season in San Diego. Don't forget he would have THREE interceptions for touchdowns if it wasn't for Melvin Ingram's penalty in the game against Denver.

Williams is a key example of how John Pagano has revamped this defense. Demorrio Williams, as well as the rest of the Chargers defense, has talent, but Pagano has used that talent effectively. For all those people giving credit to A.J. Smith for putting together this defense, they're wrong. He definitely helped with additions like Williams, but without Pagano, the defense would still be horrible.

Another guy that is making A.J. Smith supporters smile is Danario Alexander. In the past four games, Alexander has been targeted 36 times. He's caught 23 of them for 406 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaging an astounding 18.3 yards per catch this season. Alexander deserves to return to San Diego next season, but the Chargers better let someone besides A.J. work out a contract with him.


Loser: Every Chargers Fan

For all the fans still rooting for the Chargers to win, I applaud you and then ask, why? There's absolutely no way San Diego is making the playoffs, so each win is pointless. It's horrible for a fan to want his or her team to lose in order to get a better draft selection or to get somebody fired, but at this level with the Chargers, there is no hope.

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