Gut Reaction: Chargers 27, Bengals 10

After a week of waiting, the Broncos finally know who they'll be facing in the playoffs.

The good news? The Broncos ended up getting the weakest team in the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers. The Pats can have Andrew Luck--naked or otherwise...

The bad? There is no bad news, my friends. The Chargers are gonna get creamed.

Wait, you might say. Shouldn't we be at least a little worried? The Chargers just beat the Bengals, in Cincinnati, after all.

If you watched the game, you know the Chargers didn't beat anyone. The Bengals went retro: they beat the living hell out of themselves. Fumble after fumble, dropped pass after dropped pass, and two big interceptions - the sort of diet Bengals fans were raised on.  

Andy Dalton wasn't the Red Rifle. He was little more than a dead trifle. He might as well have been Akili Smith out there today.

Another benefit of today's result, of course, is that the Chargers now think they're on some sort of roll, attributing this win to their own skill rather than the opponent's mental mistakes. They may even consider themselves a version of last year's Ravens team. Combine this with their Week 15 win in Denver on Thursday night, and you've got the makings of an overconfident sixth seed.

The Broncos, of course, remember last year just fine. Overconfidence won't be a problem.

And neither will Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

Next week, it all ends for the Chargers, as they find themselves suffocating at altitude.  

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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