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Mailbag: Where Does Win Over Denver Rank?
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Q: Rick – Beating Denver was the biggest win since we beat Peyton with the Colts in overtime in the playoffs. Where would you rank it in recent wins? – John Awsana
A: It’s certainly up there! It was a primetime victory in front of a national audience against a premiere team in this league that is also a division rival. Most important was how the team executed perfectly in all three phases of the game. When I was thinking about where I’d rank it among recent wins, there were a bunch this year that were incredibly emotional. Obviously there was the last-minute win over the Kansas City Chiefs a few weeks back, but wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts also come to mind as big-time wins for the Bolts. The Chargers strength of victory is tops in the entire NFL at.524, meaning the teams they’ve beaten have the best cumulative record in the entire league.
Q: Hi Ricky. What is the vibe like at the Chargers side following the wins by both Miami and Baltimore? Has their high from Denver been brought down by these two teams winning?– Joey Q
A: Regarding the “high” from the win, the team allows itself to celebrate a victory for about 24 hours before moving on to the next mission – getting that next win. Regarding the results of other games from the previous week, while they didn’t play out the way the team hoped, they are 100% focused on one thing and that’s beating the division rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday. They can only control the games they play in and they want to go out, win the next two games to finish on a four game win streak. Aside from that, the chips will fall where they may.
Q: How pleased are you with the way Keenan Allen has played this year and do you believe he should be up for rookie of the year?– Zach Graben
A: In my humble opinion he absolutely deserves it. Philip Rivers has said on numerous occasions he doesn’t know where this team would be without the way Allen has stepped up. Going into the season the team believed Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd would be leading the receiving corp. Well, DA went down in training camp and Malcom midway through the second week of the season. Thrust into action, Allen has exploded onto the scene to set the Chargers rookie receiving record books on fire. He currently has 63 catches for 931 yards and seven touchdowns, leading all rookies in most significant categories. Still, while it would be meaningful for Allen to win the award, he isn’t concerned with that at the moment. All he cares about is continuing to get better and helping the Chargers win, which is an indication of the team player the 21-year old third round pick is.
Q: When do they announce the Pro Bowl teams? – Gary Freeman