With Week 17 almost here and no playoffs in their future, the San Diego Chargers look to make the race for the AFC west crown an interesting one. By defeating the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, the Denver Broncos ensured another trip to the playoffs, but they did not secure the division. Sitting at 11-4, they are only a game ahead of the streaking Kansas City Chiefs. If the Chargers can beat the Broncos on Sunday, and the Chiefs can continue their win streak against the Oakland Raiders, San Diego can sit back and relish in the fact that they helped stop the Broncos from having a chance to host a playoff game.
A win against Denver would mean much more than that though. Coming off of a tumultuous season San Diego can end things on a happy note and provide fans with a short reprieve as they enter an offseason filled with numerous unanswered questions. The biggest of those questions is of course whether or not the team will be moving to Los Angeles, but another big one is the status of head coach Mike McCoy.
Hired in 2013, McCoy took the Chargers to the playoffs as a wild card, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round before losing to Denver in the divisional round. Since then though, it has been downhill. San Diego finished with a 9-7 record for the second straight year in 2014, but have mightily underperformed in 2015, notching only 4 wins through 16 weeks. In his three seasons as head coach, the offensive line has been terrible which has resulted in no running game, forcing Phillip Rivers to function as a one man show. Outside of a few good games from Dontrelle Inman, Keenan Allen has been the only real threat at receiver but he’s been out since going down in Week 8. Essentially, the Chargers are a big mess going into next season.
Though their season didn’t end with a trip to the playoffs, San Diego can still end things on a high note by beating a division rival on Sunday.