Having won five of their last six, the Chargers need to beat the Raiders, have the Titans lose and then watch either the Bills lose or the Ravens win to earn a playoff spot.
It would be much easier for everyone in the AFC if the Chargers just lost, but they are playing a hapless Raiders team entering the week just 2-5 on the road this season.
The Chargers have nine games with multiple takeaways this season, tied for the most in the NFL and the most for the team since tying the franchise record with 14 such games in 2007. They have a great chance to win this week and potentially sneak into the playoffs
After losing to the Patriots last week, Tyrod Taylor and the Bills are in a world of trouble to save their season. The Bills’ quarterback experiments during the middle of the season could come back to haunt them because they need some help from other teams this week.
But for every Kirby Smart, there’s a Jeremy Pruitt, the Alabama defensive coordinator who held that same job at Georgia in 2014 and 2015. Asked after the game Monday night how many Bulldogs players he had a hand in recruiting, Pruitt said, All of ’em.
To recap, the Georgia head coach recruited the Alabama players to Alabama, and the Alabama defensive coordinator recruited the Georgia players to Georgia. Take the case of Alabama sophomore linebacker Terrell Lewis, who came off the bench to make two tackles against Clemson.
Coach Smart recruited me at first when I was coming to Bama, Lewis said. And then when he left, he was trying to get me to come to Georgia. … I knew of Pruitt and he was recruiting me to Georgia, so once he finally got to Bama, he was recruiting me, too. They went from telling to come here for this reason to [telling me to] come there for this reason.
Because this is the College Football Playoff National Championship, it is difficult to imagine that Smart will fare as badly as the five former assistants who have coached against Saban. Only one, former Florida head coach Jim McElwain, came within 14 points of beating his former boss. The average margin among McElwain, former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp (0-2 while at Florida) and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio is nearly 29 points.