Good morning. Gil Brandt of NFL.com predicts a slide for the San Diego Chargers after the team's surprising playoff run last season.
According to Brandt, the Chargers are one of six teams that will take a step back in 2014. The other teams on the list are Kansas City, Carolina, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Brandt: “One of the biggest factors working in the Chargers' favor last season was the resurgence of quarterback Philip Rivers, who halted an apparent career decline by throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns against just 11 picks. While I'd like for Rivers to continue being successful as he approaches 33 years of age -- he's a great guy -- I just don't know if we can count on it. Finally, San Diego will end the season with two straight road games -- in San Francisco and Kansas City -- which is never the ideal way to close things out.”
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