So maybe Thanksgiving night was made a little less joyful by the Broncos taking down a quixotic Giants team (but I guess that's what you can expect when Kevin Gilbride is your offensive coordinator), but I'm betting the smile came back on everyone's face when they were reminded San Diego would face the Chiefs on Sunday.
Despite the constant warnings by the "experts" of a potential trap game (AKA "Sleeper game" or "Letdown game"), the Chargers came out firing and put the contest out of reach early.
You know it's going good when people are still smiling moments after LaDainian Tomlinson fumbles at the goal line (LT'S BACK!!!!!!!!!! version 4.0).
A plethora of big plays from a myriad of guys today. That's two big words in one sentence, people (thanks for my new thesaurus, grandma).
Paul Oliver on that crazy Cassel fumble, Larry English ripping a loose ball from Cassel, Malcom Floyd making a big catch at the goal line (presumably while Cassel watched), Antonio Gates, Philip Rivers, LT, et al.
However, the unquestioned MVP for the Chargers was Kansas City Chiefs Rudy Niswanger , whose two errant snaps meant two turnovers on a fumble and a failed fourth-down play.
He's definitely no David Binn.
Speaking of David, he played in his 250th game for the franchise this Sunday. Seriously, give this guy a medal. He's played here through the likes of Craig Whelihan , Moses Moreno and, yes, Ryan Leaf.
The Chiefs are so bad it defies logic.
Remember last season, when Herm Edwards was still running the show? Sure, they were just as awful, but at least they gave the Chargers a fight in both games.
Or Notre Dame.
Next week, it's off to Cleveland, where a preliminary forecast shows 38-degree temperatures under a partly cloudy sky.
It'll be interesting to see how the Chargers adjust to the near-freezing temperatures and the Browns def—oh man, I almost got through it, I really did.
There's no way the Chargers lose, barring a cataclysm of JaMarcus Russell-ian proportions.
Which begs the question, with six victories in a row, a manageable schedule down the stretch, and a division rival breathing down their neck, can the Chargers run the table?
Again, with all due respect to mathematicians and those "any given Sunday" guys, it's going to be exceedingly difficult if not impossible for the Browns to beat the Chargers.
After that, it's off to Dallas where the Cowboys are a deceiving 8-3.
Wondering what the combined record of those teams are? 27-50.
Cincinnati's probably the toughest game on San Diego's remaining schedule. The Bengals are also 8-3 and playing great football.
However, this is a classic statement game for the Bolts.
If you can't beat a good team on your field in the regular season, how are you going to do the same in the postseason?
Tennessee has been resurgent, but they'll probably be 7-7 by the time they face their Chargers and a very unlikely candidate for the final Wild Card spot.
Some food for thought: The Chargers are 2-0 against Vince Young.
If Cincinnati and the Broncos keep winning, then San Diego will go into their game against Washington with both tie-breakers in hand even if they lose.
That probably means you'll see backups, but are you telling me you don't trust Billy Volek more than Jason Campbell?
That's what I thought.
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