In this ESPN Insider piece, according to Nik Bonaddio's and Keith Goldner’s numberFire projections, the San Diego Chargers will be one of the teams that made the playoff during the 2013 season, but finish on the outside looking in for the 2014 playoffs.
According to numberFire projections, the Chargers have a 39.4 percent chance of making the postseason in the upcoming season. The Broncos are given the best odds at 73.4 percent, followed by Seattle (67.6) and New England (59.4).
Many believe the Chargers did not deserve to make the playoffs this year as they defied odds at the end of the season. Their defense was a vastly improved unit down the stretch. Philip Rivers returned to true form, leading the No. 2 passing attack and No. 3 offense overall. If Rivers can continue to take care of the ball and San Diego's defense plays as it did down the stretch in 2013, the Chargers could be back in the postseason. But like the Chiefs, they must play the NFC West, and it's hard to believe that Rivers can play as well next season as he did in 2013.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com reports what had become a foregone conclusion because they don’t have another place to move at present -- the Chargers will play in Qualcomm Stadium in 2014, as the team announced that it will not execute its annual option to opt out of the Qualcomm lease.
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego ranks receiver Eddie Royal the No. 12 player on his Chargers top 22 performers list.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks San Diego No. 17 in his final power rankings for the 2013 season. The team San Diego beat in the AFC playoffs – Cincinnati – comes in at No. 6. Hmmm.
ESPN’s Dave Fleming follows the path of the Vince Lombardi Trophy around Seattle’s triumphant locker room after Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com takes an X’s-and-O’s look at how the Seahawks stymied Peyton Manning and one of the best offenses in NFL history.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers says it’s unrealistic to expect any NFL team to match the level of play Seattle’s defense demonstrated against the Broncos.