The San Diego Chargers won a game against the Cincinnati Bengals that they didn't really need - already clinching a playoff berth via key losses to teams in the AFC, the Chargers nonetheless played with poise and pride, emerging victorious and claiming the another AFC West division title.
The Chargers have a championship look to them; a seasoned group that is getting contributions from everyone, the Bolts are looking more dangerous each week. Nine wins in a row and counting, the Chargers should not be taken lightly.
Philip Rivers doesn't get nearly the amount of credit he is due, but as someone who follows the San Diego Chargers as much as I do, I can frankly say that the key to the Chargers' success has been the play of their Quarterback. The Chargers would not be in the position they are in without having Philip Rivers play at the elite level he operates at.
While the Chargers still aren't a team that will run the ball to generate consistent offense, they still get explosive runs out of Ladainian Tomlinson which forces defenses to account for him.
The Offensive Line is preforming at a high level in pass protection, and when they get out in front on screens they can be pretty effective.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chargers have a defensive line that shuffles, moves, and rotates around keeping guys fresh and putting them in positions to make plays. The same can be said of the Chargers linebacker group; Tim Dobbins makes the most of his opportunities week in and week out, Shaun Phillips continues to be the Chargers most dangerous pass rusher, and Stephen Cooper is solid and steady. An immense amount of credit goes to Ron Rivera and his staff, working on gameplans and situational packages that maximize his personnel.
Two months ago, the Chargers were full of question marks and the fans had their doubts. But winning cures all, and the San Diego Chargers are rolling through December and are coming in to January with a head full of steam. Assured of a playoff berth, the Chargers have an opportunity to make history this year. Good luck, and Go Chargers!
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