Are they the NFL’s best flip-the-switch team? Sure. Do they clean up around the holidays like a Times Square sanitation crew? Of course they do. The Chargers are 25-5 under Norv Turner in November or later, including a staggering 17-game winning streak. But past performance is no guarantee of future success. Ask Wall Street if you don’t believe me.
The previous three seasons have seen the Chargers turn the late-season playoff push to an art form. Essential to their season’s arc is a quintessential knack for giving away early season games, as they managed repeatedly this year with turnovers and special teams gaffes. Each year, the Chargers have found a way to fall behind the eight-ball like a frat kid in Biology class, only to rocket to a division title. Assuming the Chargers will do the same this year might be putting the cart before the horse.
Here are six reasons why it’s too early to pencil the Chargers in for a playoff run.