Bold predictions for San Diego

The San Diego Chargers were a topic on ESPN’s "Sunday NFL Countdown" once again Sunday.

Two weeks ago, the crew ripped apart the Chargers, who entered that day 2-5. Keyshawn Johnson went as far to question the Chargers’ talent level.

Now, the Chargers, who are 4-5 at the bye, have captured the imagination of Johnson. Asked to make a bold midseason prediction, Johnson said this Sunday: “San Diego will be in the AFC Championship game.”

Well, that is a major change of heart. But the truth is, San Diego is a hot second-half team, so it might not be a terrible call.

Cris Carter also chimed in with a blog prediction of his own: “Phillip Rivers, MVP of the league, San Diego does not make the playoffs.”

There’s no doubt Rivers belongs in the MVP conversation. He is on pace to set an NFL record for passing yards. He has thrown for 2,944 yards. Rivers has excelled this season despite a depleted receiving crew.

Time will tell if these bold predictions will become reality.