The term "must-win" game is oftentimes over used in sports, but it could very well apply to the San Diego Chargers come this Sunday.
Should the Bolts lose at home to NFC East leading Dallas, it would leave them with a 1-3 record heading into month two of the season. As such, San Diego would more than likely have to go somewhere around 8-4 the remainder of the season to have a shot at ending its three-year playoff drought.
When you crunch the numbers following the Chargers' heartbreaking 20-17 loss last Sunday to the Titans in Nashville, San Diego can't afford to get on a losing roll heading into October.
In looking at San Diego's October slate, the Chargers have three games that are certainly winnable, though one should not assume by any stretch of the imagination that they are automatic victories. Meetings with Oakland (Oct. 6), Indianapolis (Oct. 14) and Jacksonville (Oct. 20) look rather appealing.
Yes, the Colts are a much improved team with Andrew Luck under center, but they're still far from an elite team. Yes, you can never take anything for granted when playing the hated Raiders, but that team is quite frankly a mess right now. Lastly, the Jags.... well they are down right horrible.
With a win this Sunday against Dallas, the Chargers could head into the first full month of fall with a 2-2 record, potentially being 5-2 when the month ends.
Then again, most Charger fans remember a season ago when the Bolts went on the road and lost to a bad Cleveland team, essentially sealing the fate of what was to be a 7-9 campaign.
While it may be too early to say the meeting with the Cowboys is a must-win affair, it sure is darn close to it.