It was just a month ago that the Chargers were 2-5, ravaged with injuries and contract disputes while looking like they would fade away for the season at the bottom of the AFC West along with the Denver Broncos.
Fast forward to Monday night in San Diego as the Chargers are scoring 35 unanswered points on their way to a third straight victory. More importantly, they are now the second-place Chargers only one game behind the AFC West leading Chiefs.
Not only have they been playing their best football without their best receiver, TE Antonio Gates, over the last two weeks but the Chargers will soon be replacing his firepower in the lineup with Vincent Jackson. The Pro Bowl wide receiver is expected to rejoin the San Diego after a prolonged holdout and league suspension.
While they face arguably their toughest game of the season Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, the Chargers final 5 opponents after that game have a combined record of 19-31 — the last three are 8-22.
Luckily for the Kansas City Chiefs, their schedule isn’t exactly murderers row either: 4 .500 teams along with the 3-7 Denver Broncos and spunky 4-6 St. Louis Rams.
The Chiefs will need to assume that the Chargers will at worst go 4-2 down the stretch which will keep the pressure on right down to the season finale at Arrowhead against the Oakland Raiders.