Week 17 DVOA Ratings
Two units this year come close to the best of the DVOA Era, starting with the San Diego pass offense. San Diego ends up with 62.2% pass offense DVOA, which trails only the 2007 Patriots and the 2004 Colts. Astonishingly, the Chargers did this despite finishing dead last in the league in run offense. They completely obliterate the previous record for the biggest gap between a team's pass offense DVOA and run offense DVOA, which belonged to the 2003 Tennessee Titans. That team had a gap of 64.7% DVOA; the Chargers have a gap of 73.4% DVOA.
Monday Morning Quarterback, Week 17 - Peter King - SI.com
San Diego (AFC 2 seed). Not a pulverizing team on either side of the ball, but it's hot at the right time, with a top quarterback, Philip Rivers (nine interceptions in 511 pass-drops), and the first five-man receiving unit, including tight end Antonio Gates, in NFL history with 6-4 or 6-5 targets across the board. Not a dominant defense -- though with Shawne Merriman resting his plantar fasciatis for 20 days before the divisional round, he could regain his rush ability -- or great run game. They just win. I love Rivers' guts and the fact that no defensive backfield can match up against those pass catchers.
DJ Gallo's NFL Hangover, Week 17
Chargers (13-3, AFC No. 2 seed): Up -- The Chargers have won 11 in a row. Now all they need to do is to get rid of head coach Norv Turner and they should coast to a Super Bowl title.
NFL Head Coaches Ratings Week 17 - National Football League - ESPN
Norv Turner 90% Team: San Diego Chargers Record: 13-3
AFC West season-ending fast facts - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some division tidbits at the regular season’s end: Against the NFC East: San Diego: 4-0 Denver: 2-2 Oakland: 1-3 Kansas City: 1-3
Colts, Chargers clearly superior in AFC - John Clayton - ESPN
From the looks of the AFC playoffs, it's going to hard to block a championship matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.
AFC Fear Factor: Chargers, not Colts, are scariest team
1. San Diego Chargers (13-3, No. 2 seed) There might not be a hotter team in the league. The Chargers have an offense that is every bit as explosive as the Colts'. Philip Rivers has played spectacularly, and is taking advantage of all of his highly talented weapons. They put pressure on every opponent by getting off to quick leads and making the other team one-dimensional.
(Obviousman's Note: Just wanted to let everyone know that, at least for the duration of the playoffs, future BFTB podcasts will be taking place at 9pm EST/6pm PST each Tuesday.)