The San Diego Chargers are now 3-3 after opening the season 3-1. By all accounts they should have won both of their last two games, but thanks to two of the uglier second–half collapses in franchise history (a franchise that has had quite a few ugly second–half collapses) they are only a .500 team. For Chargers fans, being tied for first place simply doesn't feel like being tied for first place.
What's done is done, but the Chargers have a pretty soft schedule in front of them and they have a chance to get healthier on offense and defense. Both Vincent Brown and Jared Gaither are expected to return in the coming weeks (Gaither sooner than Brown) and their presence could and should have a substantial impact. Gaither is arguably the best offensive lineman on the team when healthy and Brown is probably the second best receiver after Malcom Floyd and he's still developing.
On defense, some hope that the return of Shareece Wright and the continued development of Melvin Ingram and Kendall Reyes will improve an already average (hey, around here that's good) unit. At this point, Chargers fans are presented with a lot of reasons to hope, but it could be argued that they have even more reasons to give up.
The Denver Broncos appear to be a superior team to the Chargers. They won by 11 after trailing by 24 on the road. Also, it's worth noting that they were only trailing by 24 thanks to some really fluky plays and bad luck. If anything the Broncos are getting better.
Even if the division is out of reach — and there's no guarantee that it is — the entire American Football Conference is down. All but two teams are within a game of .500 or worse. The Wild Card is a real option for the Chargers who still get two more games against the Chiefs and Raiders at home.
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