Here’s how Chargers can clinch an NFL playoff spot Monday

The Chargers gained’t journey to Indianapolis for his or her subsequent sport till Sunday.

Within the meantime, they’ve gained floor of their pursuit of the franchise’s first playoff berth for the reason that 2018 season.

The Chargers can clinch a playoff spot with a victory Monday at Indianapolis. The chance offered itself after New England and Las Vegas each misplaced Saturday. The Patriots fell at residence to Cincinnati 22-18 and the Raiders went down at Pittsburgh 13-10.

The 8-6 Chargers are sixth within the AFC and have an opportunity to maneuver as much as the No. 5 spot. They path Baltimore (10-5) by a sport and a half. Miami is also 8-6, however the Chargers maintain the tiebreaker edge.

The Chargers have their playoff hopes of their arms no matter what the remainder of the convention does.

“We don’t have to look over our shoulders or be fans of other teams,” security Derwin James Jr. stated. “When you can control your own destiny, it’s what’s good.”

James, who was named to his third Professional Bowl this week, stated he would return in opposition to the Colts after sitting out the Chargers’ final two video games due to a quadriceps pressure.

He was restricted in observe Thursday, however the workforce introduced James was a full participant Friday.

Defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (knee) and cornerback Bryce Callahan (core muscle) additionally went from restricted to full, that means the Chargers ought to be near full energy in opposition to Indianapolis.

Amongst their starters, they are going to nonetheless be with out edge rusher Joey Bosa (core muscle), defensive deal with Austin Johnson (knee) and cornerback J.C. Jackson (knee).

However, coming off the 2 most full performances of the season, the protection is trending in the proper route health-wise.

“Those guys are playing at a high level the last couple weeks,” James stated. “I’m just trying to be there to help, bring that energy and experience and help us get to where we want to go.”

The Chargers simply beat Miami 23-17 and Tennessee 17-14 in back-to-back weeks at residence. They gave up solely two touchdowns in every sport after surrendering a mean of 27 factors over the earlier three weeks.

Alohi Gilman stuffed in for James and offered each play-making and power. Coach Brandon Staley has praised the way in which fellow security Nasir Adderley responded in James’ absence. Rookie defensive again Ja’Sir Taylor additionally emerged after spending a lot of the season on particular groups.

“I’m not surprised because I see the way they work,” James stated. “I train with them all offseason. I believe in every man we got in this locker room, not just on defense, but in this locker room.”

A number of gamers, when requested Friday, stated they weren’t preoccupied with what anybody else within the AFC is doing.

“I don’t even know who’s playing who,” broad receiver Keenan Allen stated. Later, he added: “I’ve been in a lot of NFL seasons. As long as we take care of what we’re supposed to take care of then those games don’t really matter.”

Mentioned linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr.: “All we can worry about is our game. We just have to focus on us and getting ready for the Colts.”

The final time the Chargers made the playoffs through the 2018 season, they defeated Baltimore on wild-card weekend earlier than dropping at New England.