Source: Chargers Wire
Originally Posted: January 1, 2019
Written By: Kyle Posey
CBS Sports took the 2019 playoff bracket and went game-by-game to project the eventual Super Bowl winner. Let’s stick with the AFC. Here’s how things shook out in the Wildcard round. They picked the Colts to upset the Texans. Here’s what was said about the Chargers and Ravens game:
The last time a rookie quarterback beat a top-10 defense in a playoff game? 2008, when Joe Flacco pulled it off. I love me some Lamar Jackson, but the Chargers defense and Joey Bosa come to play in this one. I don’t believe the Ravens defense can fool Philip Rivers twice and I think we see the Chargers eek out a road win.
One thing that maybe we are not talking about enough is the fact that the Chargers will be the first team to see Lamar Jackson twice. With players knowing what to expect, you’d think we will see a different game-plan. They actually limited Jackson pretty well the last time the two teams played. All it takes is that one explosive run, though.
Onto the divisional round. CBS has the Chiefs beating the Colts. Here’s what was said about the Chargers/Patriots game:
UPSET TIME BABY. If the Chargers can handle the physical style of the Ravens, they can go into Foxboro and beat the Patriots. Philip Rivers owes Bill Belichick and Tom Brady a measure or two of revenge, and after getting the Chiefs monkey off his back, he can go win one in New England.
I actually don’t think the Chargers would be true underdogs in this one. If so, it won’t be by much. This would be one of those matchups that the Chargers really don’t lack anywhere or have a glaring disadvantage anywhere. I would be more surprised if the Chargers lost this one, even on the road against two of the greatest ever. CBS has the Chargers as a touchdown underdog. I don’t know about that.
Okay, so that makes Chargers versus Chiefs part three. The first two games were something else, could this time top those two? Here’s what CBS thinks:
What a glorious rematch this would be. The second time these teams played was one of the best games of the year, a thrilling playoff-type matchup that had hearts pounding everywhere. Speaking of hearts, my heart says Philip Rivers can beat the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes twice in one season and my head is telling me to shut up and pick the Chiefs. This is a pre-playoffs projection, though, so I don’t have to listen to my head. Andy Reid vs. Rivers with a chance for the Super Bowl is all the narrative marbles.
This would be tough and likely where it’s easy to see the Chiefs winning. Depending on if the Chiefs are reeling. They are so streaky. Especially at home with that crowd.
Okay, so here comes the Super Bowl. CBS took the Saints over the Bears. Rivers versus Brees:
EPIC SUPER BOWL. Rivers vs. Brees, the former teammates in San Diego, with Brees trying to add another layer to his Hall of Fame legacy with a second Super Bowl and Rivers trying to win his first and cement himself as a Hall of Fame player (I think he is one already, no one would be able to argue it if he won a title). The over/under for this game would be in the low 60s and these teams would get LOOSE on the big stage. This was the Super Bowl I wanted to pick before the season and I chickened out. Now I get a chance to redeem myself. And Rivers gets a chance to rewrite history, taking out the Saints for his first Super Bowl ring and a brilliant cap on an incredible career.
Whoa buddy. The intrigue in this one. There will be all sorts of points in this one. How fun would that be? The Chargers going through this gauntlet and being Super Bowl champs.