After watching late action on Sunday, I don’t think that there is any argument that can be made against the San Diego Chargers being the best team in the NFL. You can throw a couple of other teams in there as being very good, but simply put right now – the Chargers are the best. They have that lethal combination which includes an explosive offense (32.7 points per game), a Hall of Fame running back (LaDainian Tomlinson), a defense that can make plays, and a quarterback that despite his inexperience in big games has shown a knack for getting the job done.
It all equals up to the Chargers now being the front runners for the AFC crown and a trip to Super Bowl 41. The Colts, a team that was the top seed until Sunday, are fading fast. While the Chargers have reeled off seven straight wins, the Colts have dropped three of their last four, and Sunday allowed 44 points and 375 rushing yards in a loss in Jacksonville. Sunday’s Chargers win over the Broncos, 48-20, had a little bit of everything. They piled up 419 yards of offense, their defense beat up Jay Cutler with four sacks and three forced fumbles, and after allowing the Broncos to within eight at 28-20, went on to score 20 points to easily go on to victory.
People that want to downplay the Chargers will say that Phillip Rivers does not have that big game experience to get it done and his mistakes will cost this team. I give you some simple numbers to counter that – six interceptions, 94.2 QB rating, and a 63 percent completion percentage. Sure the playoffs will be a bear and there is a chance that Rivers will be tight, but just when you think he might falter, all he’ll have to do is look for number 21.
Will San Diego win its first Super Bowl? I won’t go that far. I will say though that right now, after watching Sunday and the last few weeks, they are clearly the best team in the conference, and if they can now maintain home field in the AFC Playoffs, they are the team to beat without a doubt.