By Eric Schmidt

The San Diego Chargers finally stopped their losing streak, but despite the win, the 2011 season is likely over for the San Diego Chargers. The six-game losing steak is over, but a 38-14 win over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars will do little to ease the pain of a dreadful season for the Chargers.

San Diego is in a hole which they have very little chance of climbing out of. The Denver Broncos are currently leading the AFC West and according to what I calculate, two wins by the Broncos will eliminate the San Diego Chargers, even if San Diego wins all of their remaining games, something I believe which is highly unlikely.

Denver has three of their last four games at home, hosting the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs then on the road to the slumping Buffalo Bills. The Oakland Raiders, which have the identical 7-5 record but lose out on the basis of the tie-breaking process, have two away and two home games remaining. Oakland has the unenviable task of traveling to Green Bay this week and then they return home to host the Detroit Lions, travel to Kansas City and finish at home against the Chargers.

San Diego hosts their next two games-the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. San Diego then finishes the season on the road against the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.

For the second straight season, the Chargers will miss the playoffs, falling short and finishing the season filled with what-ifs. What if Philip Rivers hadn’t had so many turnovers against the Patriots? What if they didn’t suffer those two overtime losses to Kansas City and Denver? What if Philip Rivers hadn’t thrown those two pick-six interceptions in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers? What if just half of those games had gone the other way?

Another season with high expectations, falls short. Chargers fans deserve better, it’s time for a major overhaul in the off season.




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