By Eric Ronnebeck
This week, I was forced to make a difficult choice: either I write a premature obituary for a team still in playoff contention or I write no article at all, disappointing tens of people all over the world. So I consulted with The Seahawks Nest brain trust. I announced my plan to skip a week of “Your Season Is Over” when, in depth statistician, Kevin Garber dared me to, “BE BOLD”. I studied the NFL standings, looking for any team that had zero chance of making the playoffs. Then it hit me, like a lightning bolt to the face. It hit me like the realization of sharing a fan base with the Los Angeles Rams. I’m staying classy on this..
San Diego Superchargers: (3-5)
This was a tough entry to write because conceding that the Chargers season is over means that I had to say the Chargers are a bad team, and that’s not true. The Chargers are not a terrible team they’re just a team that has found interesting ways to lose games this season. At 3-5, you would think that the playoffs are still a realistic possibility for this team but looking at the other teams in the AFC West tells a different story. The Raiders and Broncos are both 6-2 while the Chiefs are 5-2. When there are 3 other talented teams in your own division, being three games back at this point spells “doom”. The Chargers started the season 1-4. Those four losses tell the whole story of this team’s woes. In Week One, after a 24-10 lead in the fourth quarter, the Chargers lose to the Chiefs 33-27. In Week Three, the Chargers lost 26-22 to the Colts after giving up the game winning touchdown with 1:28 left in the game Week Four saw the Chargers lose to the New Orleans Saints 35-34, giving up 14 unanswered points with less than five minutes to go in the game. Finally in Week Five, the Chargers lost a close game to the Oakland Raiders 34-31 after having a seven point lead in the fourth quarter. The San Diego Superchargers have at least five more “wins” remaining on their schedule with games against the Dolphins and Browns looking like definite wins. Five more wins puts the Chargers at 8-8 to finish the year but that’s not going to be good enough to make the playoffs.
Leading up to this very spooky Halloween night, I was planning on eliminating the Carolina Panthers but I’ve done that prematurely once before and I hate writing retraction articles. Their schedule going forward has some very winnable games so it may be a while before they make it to this column. In fact, its possible that I will put other teams from their division in this column before the Panthers. Very spooky, indeed…