Ben on the Bolts: 3 questions about the Chargers after win at Denver

Time once again for my Chargers "3 Questions" blog ... a question that was answered, a question that was left unresolved, and a new question that was created during the course of the game. Here's the Chargers vs. Broncos edition:

QUESTION ANSWERED: Does anyone in the AFC want to face the Chargers in the playoffs? Not at all. They still may not get there (see Question #3), but if the Chargers do make the playoffs, they could cause a lot of trouble. No team in the NFL has more quality road wins than the Bolts (at PHI, at KC, at DEN ... plus a MNF home win over the Colts). The Chargers are 4-2 against teams that would currently be in the playoffs. If they can somehow sneak into the postseason, there's no reason the Chargers couldn't make a surprise run through the tournament.

QUESTION UNRESOLVED: Did the Chargers show the rest of the league how to beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos? There was a lot of talk after the game about a "blueprint" for beating Denver, but I think that takes something away from what the Chargers did. Running the ball effectively, stopping the run, and converting 3rd downs through the air is a "blueprint" to beat any team in the NFL, not just the Broncos.

QUESTION CREATED: How much did the Chargers improve their playoff chances with the win? The Bolts still need two wins and a lot of help to reach the playoffs (at least 2 losses apiece for the Dolphins and Ravens), but there's a real light at the end of the tunnel. The Chargers finish with home games against the Raiders and Chiefs (who might not have anything to play for in Week 17), while the Ravens have three tough games against the Lions, Patriots, and Bengals. The Dolphins could be the biggest problem. They host the Patriots on Sunday, travel to Buffalo, and finish at home against the Jets. Win two of those, and it's still lights out for the Chargers.

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