AFC West Preview- San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers won the AFC West on the final game of the regular season against the Denver Broncos. It was a win at the right time and the Chargers peaked to the AFC Divisional Playoff before getting eliminated. With LaDanian Tomlinson back healthy, and Shawne Merriman back from injury and fully healed, the Chargers have a clear road to the AFC West championship. It is clear that the only team that can stop the Chargers is… the Chargers.

The team is loaded with talent, and Phillip Rivers showed that he can lead the way and take over most of the load when their main workhorse LT went out with an injury. He led the Chargers on a great run to rally and win the AFC West with great receiver play from Vincent Jackson, and Antonio Gates. Expect Darren Sproles to have a bigger role on offense and take a lot of the running load off LT, especially since he was tagged as a franchise player. The Chargers again have one of the better offenses in the AFC and the NFL, and they can really dominate if they put all those weapons to work. Norv Turner knows this and will call the right plays as he has been, and he has brought out the better side of Phillip Rivers and has made him better, and showed that he can lead this team when Tomlinson is down.

On defense, Shawne Merriman is back, and that is such a huge boost to a defense that just lacked the rush to get sacks on the quarterback. The Chargers did draft Larry English as an alternative for Merriman in case he does not get fully healed or goes back down with another injury. The secondary is one of the best in the league, and Quentin Jammer and Antonio Cromartie who are two of the best cornerbacks are ready to take interceptions back to the house. This defense is very good and when they are on, they are on.

The Chargers again have the easy road to the AFC West championship. Of course the games are played on the field and not on paper, but with two teams transitioning and rebuilding, and the other team looking to mesh and continue to the improve, out of all the teams in the division, the Chargers are the most complete team, and can go deep in the playoffs.

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