7 Reasons the Chargers Will Wake Up in November

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7 Reasons the Chargers Will Wake Up in November
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The San Diego Chargers have made slow starts and fast finishes their unofficial trademark under Norv Turner's leadership. The first nine games of the 2011 NFL season have been no different. The question remains, though, whether or not Philip Rivers can lead the Chargers on a fifth straight late-season run to remain in competition for an AFC West title this year.

The answer is yes, but if, and only if, San Diego can find a way to give Philip Rivers adequate protection in the pocket—something he's been lacking all too often this season. Now down three starters on the offensive line, including Pro Bowlers Marcus McNeill and Chris Dielman, a unit that was struggling to begin with is now paper-thin.

If the Chargers can get healthier in the trenches, though, and find creative ways to afford Rivers a little more time, the Chargers can and will win more games than they lose over the last half of the season.
However, now at 4-5, San Diego has left itself such a slim margin of error that another late-season run may not be enough for a playoff bid regardless.

Still, even as they gasp for breath with seven games left to play, they're not dead yet—at least not quite.

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