The Los Angeles Chargers have been flying under the radar for most of the season because they play in the AFC West, where all the attention has been given to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. With the Patriots still running the AFC East and the Steelers once again looking like the best team in the AFC North, the Chargers haven’t been getting a lot of press.
Despite the lack of national attention, the Chargers are 6-2 and are riding a five-game winning streak.
With the team playing so well, some are starting to wonder if they are a legitimate threat to win the AFC.
The Chargers faced a big test in their last game, playing the Seattle Seahawks on the road in one of the loudest arenas in the NFL. The Chargers passed the test with a 25-17 win over the Seahawks.
After the win, quarterback Phillip Rivers said he was a little disappointed with the crowd noise because he was expecting it to be worse than it was on Sunday.
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“It wasn’t as loud as I’ve experienced here consistently,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. “There were spurts, but it wasn’t as consistently as loud as it has been. I had everybody prepped for it to be crazy, and the guys that had their first time here were like, ‘You hyped it a little too much.'”
River, who has had to carry the team on his back for most of the last five seasons, finally has some help and healthy receivers, which is something he has lacked in the past.
Running back Melvin Gordon, who has emerged as the most consistent back Rivers has had since LaDainian Tomlinson, finished with 113 rushing yards against the Seahawks. Like Rivers, he is also optimistic about the Chargers’ chances this season.
“We’ve got that drive,” Gordon said. “We’ve been through so much, more downs than ups. So we’re climbing, and it’s about time we see a little light. But we’re not where we need to be, so we’re just going to keep climbing.”
The Chargers defense is still a work in progress, giving up 22.5 points per game. If they continue playing better and Rivers and the offense keep lighting up defenses, the Chargers could find themselves not only back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013, they could also surprise a few people by making a deep playoff run.