Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers Choke Away Control Of AFC West


It was a bittersweet Monday night for Raider Nation. Our football allegiance doesn’t allow us to root for the likes of the Denver Broncos but necessity does make for some strange bed fellows.

Last night, as the Chargers began to fold in epic Norv Turner fashion, I couldn’t help but celebrate the pain all three Charger fans at the game were feeling. I also couldn’t help but wonder what this might mean for the growing confidence of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos after wiping out a 24-0 deficit win 35-24. Truly one of the greatest comebacks and most epic collapses ever. The Broncos are in the driver’s seat for now even though they’re tied with the Chargers at 3-3.

But that is for us to worry about another day. For now let’s just rejoice in San Diego once again doing what they do best – getting Munsoned by Turner and Philip Rivers.

With the chance to open up a two game lead atop the AFC West the Chargers wet the bed like an alcoholic after downing a case of PBRs and chasing it with two 40-ounces of OE. Suddenly the Raiders chances of swooping in and taking the division are very much alive.

In the next three weeks the Raiders will take on three very beatable opponents in Jacksonville, Kansas City and Tampa. Best case scenario is that the Silver and Black swing through the first half of an already rocky season at 4-4 which could very well be good enough for AFC West contention. All of that made possible by A.J. Smith staying the course with Turner. Thanks for that!

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though. Its one week at a time for the improved Raiders that nearly shocked the world this past Sunday. Nearly shocking the world isn’t the same as actually shocking the world though so let’s not get all San Diego about this situation and start counting those wins before they become real. Instead just enjoy yet another glorious moment authored by those overrated Chargers who surely suckered even more money out of the betting public last night and reaffirmed what we’ve known all along. Norv Turner sucks but we’re thankful the Chargers have pissed away any chance they ever had of winning during the Cry Baby Philips era.

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