I am a Denver Broncos fan, and this is how I see the situation in the AFC West.
All season, the Chargers have been a disappointment for most people, especially their fans.
They have played far under what is to be expected for their talent level, and their record of wins and losses shows it. They have an incompetent coach who, more often than not, manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
And they have the guy in the picture as quarterback.
The Denver Broncos have played inconsistent football all season. They have a winning record, have played extremely well on offense, very badly on defense, and have been extremely unlucky when it comes to injuries.
Still, more than eight starting running backs have come and gone and the Broncos are still in position to enter the playoffs.
Jay Cutler has been a true leader for his team, putting them in a position to win at one point or another in almost every game. They have won some, and they have lost some.
The Broncos have shown character in many of their games, even among the members of their less than stellar defensive unit.
The only thing standing in their way of a playoff berth, the first in the career of many key Broncos players from the '06 draft, are the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers and their fans are still complaining about Ed Hochuli's blown call in their week two game. I acknowledge that it was a bad call, but the Chargers didn't exactly stop the Broncos on fourth and goal or on the two-point conversion that followed, now did they?
The Chargers have made the playoffs for two consecutive years, and that first year Marty Shottenhimer choked in the playoffs once again. Last year, LT decided he would sit out the AFC Championship and the Chargers lost to the Patriots.
Should the team that looked terrible in most of their games this season be allowed to go to the playoffs?
The San Diego quarterback, Philip Rivers, has had an excellent year statistically. In his dealings with the Broncos on the field, he has been disgraceful.
He gladly took the opportunity to taunt Jay Cutler from the sidelines when his team was up in last year's Christmas Eve game, however in their week two meeting when Cutler flat outplayed him, he didn't seem to have the same kind of confidence. Sounds like a bully to me.
How many times has he screamed in someone's face after something didn't go his way? Is that not what he's doing in the picture in this article?
How often does Jay Cutler cry about something that doesn't go his way?
Rivers and the Chargers have had their opportunity to represent the AFC West in the playoffs. They haven't done an admirable job as of yet. Fans of the NFL should be rooting for the Broncos on Sunday night, because they will be a more legitimate contender to the Colts than the Chargers will be.
It remains to be seen what happens on Sunday. Anything could happen. That's why they play the game.
I just hope that the Broncos will pull through in the end, not only for myself and my fellow Bronco fans, but for the AFC West, for the AFC as a conference, and for the NFL as a whole.
Jay Cutler and the Broncos deserve a chance in the playoffs.
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