Chargers vs. Chiefs: Why San Diego Failing Is Sign of Things to Come

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 1, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers gets up from the ground after being sacked against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Philip Rivers is a fantasy quarterback at best, and right now he’s not even doing well at that.

As the weeks pass by, the interceptions keep coming for the fiery San Diego Chargers quarterback. With all of the talent the Chargers have had in the last few years, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he could have collected a Super Bowl or two in San Diego.

“I think I would have had a couple of rings," he said. "I'm telling you, those teams were loaded. There's no question about it. But things happen for a reason."

Even if Ryan is wrong, there’s no denying the Chargers' struggles in the postseason in the last five years. No Super Bowl appearances after two 14-2 seasons has to be downright disappointing for one of the best regular-season teams.

This season, Rivers has tossed 11 interceptions in just seven starts. That’s as many as he finished with in 2008, and two more than he ended with the following year. The Chargers started 4-1, but have lost both games after their bye week.

All four of San Diego’s wins this year have come against teams amidst huge struggles. The teams the Chargers have beaten combine for a record of 8-21.

The Chargers have lost to the resurgent Jets and Kansas City Chiefs in the last two weeks, tying them with two divisional opponents. The Oakland Raiders and Chiefs also have a 4-3 record at this point of the season.

Ryan Mathews is a multi-talented back for the Bolts, but they need to use him more. Mathews can can do damage off a catch or with the run. However, he’s had fewer than 20 touches in the last two games, after having 24 carries for 125 yards in a win over the Denver Broncos.

The Chargers have a lot of work to do if they want to win the division. The Raiders and Chiefs are improved teams from the last five years, and the Bolts needs to do something different if they want to capture the AFC West crown.

Oakland is my pick to top the division if Carson Palmer can learn the Raiders system and limit his mistakes.