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NFL · a month ago

Chargers, Jets Have Uphill Climb Ahead in AFC Playoff Race



Chargers, Jets Have Uphill Climb Ahead in AFC Playoff Race

In the midst of the 2023 NFL season, the landscape in the AFC is shaping up to be as unpredictable as ever. Two teams that have captured the attention of football fans and pundits alike are the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Chargers, both sitting at a rather modest 4-4 record. There was a glimmer of hope for the Jets, entering last night’s game with a winning record, but it seems that their aspirations of a postseason appearance are fading fast. They currently stand at +310 to make it to the AFC postseason.

On the flip side, the Chargers have managed to string together two consecutive wins, but they, too, are facing an uphill battle to secure a playoff spot. Despite their recent success, they are still considered underdogs in the playoff race.

As we approach the halfway point of the 2023 NFL campaign, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing the infamous “in the hunt” graphics on our screens. It’s a bit surprising to see the Chargers in this position, considering the teams ahead of them. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns,  Cincinnati Bengals, and even the Buffalo Bills, who are currently at five wins, are all vying for those precious playoff berths.

It’s worth noting that the AFC playoff picture is a bit more forgiving, with seven teams making the cut out of 16 in the conference. This means that even teams that might not be performing at their best could still find themselves in the mix. The Chargers could catch fire, win a couple of crucial games, and sneak into the playoffs.

The question then becomes, what can we expect from the teams in front of the Chargers? The Cleveland Browns’ offense remains an enigma, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, while currently holding a winning record, have often relied on a bit of “smoke and mirrors” to secure victories. In an ideal scenario, the Chargers would have a few more wins under their belt by this point in the season and wouldn’t be in a position to fight for a playoff spot.

But as we all know, the NFL can be unpredictable, and anything can happen in the second half of the season. The Buffalo Bills, despite their early success, find themselves on the outside looking in if the season were to end today. Of course, there’s still plenty of football to be played, and no one’s fate is sealed just yet. As the season marches on, the AFC playoff picture will continue to evolve, and we can expect more twists and turns along the way. Football fans, buckle up—it’s going to be an exciting ride to the finish line.

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