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Chargers Have Sole Focus this Weekend
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By now every single Chargers’ fan knows what needs to happen in order for the San Diego Chargers to reach the postseason.
In the early 10:00am PST games, they need the New York Jets to defeat the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals to beat the Baltimore Ravens. With a pair of vitally important games occurring as the team arrives at the stadium, how much attention will the Bolts be paying to them?
“Very little as far as I’m concerned,” said Philip Rivers. “We’ve just got to keep our focus on winning our ninth game. If we get an opportunity to win a 10th one, then we’ll be there. If not, we’ll have finished with four in a row and going 4-2 in the division. I think that’s our biggest focus. We always talk about what we can control, and I think its human nature (that) we will know what has happened, but we can’t worry about that. We’ve got to play the game and play the game to win the game.”
While the Chargers will be aware of the results from the earlier Dolphins-Jets and Ravens-Bengals matchups, they have a singular focus entering Sunday, and that is to finish the season 9-7 by beating the division rival Chiefs.
“We have one priority this weekend and that’s to get a win,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “So that’s the thing we’re focused on. Every week the players, coaches and everybody sit around the locker room and watches the games that are on before us, so I’m sure plenty of people will be watching that. But the number one goal this weekend is to go out and get a win….We can’t control those other things. We’ve got to take control of only the things we can do, and that’s trying to go out and get a win.”
Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt also reiterated the singular focus the team is taking this week, reinforcing that they will be ready to play regardless of the outcomes from the other two games.
“Obviously there will be some attention on it,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any way you can get around that. But we’ll be on the field warming up and I think the biggest thing for us is focusing on what we have to do. It’s an important game for us from the standpoint that we’ve been on a three game run, have played well and there are a lot of areas that we would like to do better at as an offense coming in, especially the red zone. So I don’t think it’s going to be hard for us to focus on getting ready to go for this game.”
Finishing the season with a winning record is also extremely important to the Chargers regardless of other results. Eric Weddle has been in the league a long time, and he knows the importance of having a 9-7 season over 8-8.
“It’s a winning record, it’s two games above .500 and it’s better than previous years,” he said. “So it marks improvement. We’re still striving to get to the ultimate goal though and that’s winning a Super Bowl. It will be big. Our division will be 4-2 and we’d have a winning record, which is showing progress. And that’s what you want. But hopefully it comes with the playoffs too.” Read