Which team will win the AFC Divisional Round: Chargers or Patriots? | The Tylt
Which team will win the AFC Divisional Round: Chargers or Patriots?
The Chargers might be playing road games the entire playoffs, but it's not for a lack of talent. Los Angeles finished the season with 12 wins and proved its worth by dominating the Ravens last week. This isn't the same Chargers club that chokes in the big moment. Philip Rivers' veteran knowledge has been invaluable, guiding a balanced offensive attack that finished eighth in the league in scoring.
On the defensive side of the ball, Los Angeles finished eighth in scoring defense behind the strength of its pass rush and secondary. This isn't the same team Tom Brady has tortured in the past. The Chargers are going to kill the Patriots.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. The Chargers might have changed coaches and turned the roster over, but that doesn't mean the end result will be any different. The Patriots still own the Chargers with Bill Belichick calling the shots and Tom Brady surveying the field.
New England earned another first-round bye with an offense that dinked and dunked its way to 436 total points, good for fourth in the NFL. Its defense also stepped up, turning the ball over on 15 percent of its opponents' drives, which ranked fourth in the league. No matter how much the Chargers change, they will always fall to the Patriots.