Jump On The Charger Bandwagon Before It Leaves The Station

Matt SlagleContributor IJanuary 7, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on January 3, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Jump on the bolt parade to Super Bowl XLIV before it is too late. The Wild Card round starts this weekend, then the charge will be sound.

The San Diego Chargers, favored to go to the Super Bowl the previous couple of  seasons have only disappointed and came up short. After some nifty work from General Manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner, the time has come to shine.

Why you ask?

After all, the Chargers could have to go through New England (in SD) and Indy (at Indy).

Both teams have recent history with the bolts in the playoffs, SD lost to NE in '06 in divisional round and in '07 in the AFC Champion game. SD beat Indy at Indy in '07 in the divisional round and again in '08 in the wild card game.

With New Englands loss of star wide reciever Wes Welker the Pats offense will not be as potient. With both NE and SD's defensive having holes the game would be an offense show and what ever quarterback can limit the interceptions the most will come out victorious.

With that said most would like the Chargers to face the Colts due to the recent dominance the bolts have had against Indy.

The Chargers have the edge on the intangibles with a 3-0 record against the Colts in their last three meetings. The Indy defense will have trouble defending the lofty bolts receivers. But if Indy can exploit the weak Charger run defense, then the game will be a close shootout.

Another reason the Chargers will be dangerous is their home field advantage, because, it is, well, an advantage. In the second round the bolts will face either the Jets, Ravens, Bengals or Patriots, have a road record of 5-3, 3-5, 4-4, and 2-6 respectively. All unimpressive excluding the Jets who are not projected to make it out of the first round.

The Chargers are the hottest team in the NFL going 11-0 in their last eleven games, including a win against hapless Washington where the reserves were featured.

With an elite and under rated quarterback in Philip Rivers and the height and physical advantage his receivers have on any defense. The best Charger team in awhile look to run the table.