Just as the San Diego Chargers gave hope to their fan base last week with a win over Houston, any such feelings quickly diminished on Sunday. The Chargers fell to the red hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winners of four in a row and now tied atop the NFC South. Coupled with victories by Oakland, Kansas City, and Denver the Chargers opportunity to save the season has passed.
Even with two divisional games remaining for San Diego, the Oakland Raiders have taken a firm hold on first place among the division. Leading by only two games over the third place Denver Broncos, the Raiders have kept winning after reaching the top. However, the upcoming Thursday night game could see that hold weaken if the Chiefs can defeat the Raiders in Arrowhead. Alternatively, the Chargers continue taking two steps back after every sign of progress.
Following are the AFC West Division results from Week 13:
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – LOST vs. TAMPA BAY, 28-21
OAKLAND RAIDERS – WON vs. BUFFALO, 38-24
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – WON at ATLANTA, 29-28
DENVER BRONCOS – WON at JACKSONVILLE, 20-10
Here are the Week 14 matchups for the division:
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at CAROLINA PANTHERS – SUN at 1:00pm ET
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs. OAKLAND RAIDERS – THUR at 8:25pm ET
OAKLAND RAIDERS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – THUR at 8:25pm ET
DENVER BRONCOS at TENNESSEE TITANS – SUN at 1:00pm ET
Current standings through Week 13 of the regular season:
OAKLAND RAIDERS (10-2)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-3)
DENVER BRONCOS (8-4)
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-7)
Winners and Losers: An up-and-down week of NFL action
QB Rankings: Familiar faces on top
10 Things We Learned: The Cowboys and Raiders are legitimately really, really good
Chargers News: AFC West Review – Week 12
Chargers News: Responding After the Bye
Chargers News: Bolts Fall to Bucs
An upcoming cross-country trip to Carolina puts the spotlight on the San Diego Chargers approach to the remainder of the season. With both teams relegated to the role of spoiler moving forward, each will be anxiously awaiting another opportunity. Their respective approach and effort are sure to be judged accordingly.