With several days now to contemplate just where their season is going following Sunday evening's 27-17 loss in Oakland to the rival Raiders, the San Diego Chargers continue preparations for their home Monday night tilt with the Indianapolis Colts.
Sitting at 2-3 after five weeks, the Bolts essentially have two roads to travel down.
First, battle their butts off over these next 11 games and hope that they can make it into the AFC playoffs come January as a wild card. While the AFC West has been far from clinched, all signs point to the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning repeating as champs, though the equally impressive and 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs likely will have something to say about that.
The other more depressing road for the Chargers and their fans is to basically throw in the towel and fight for a .500 season, respectability, and perhaps even play the role of spoiler for a team or two. Again, not the road most in San Diego want to visit.
For those that may have missed the loss to the Raiders in the Bay Area this past Sunday night, the Chargers in essence slept walk through the first 30 minutes of play. While they did rally in the second half to pull within 24-17, a pair of fourth quarter interceptions for Philip Rivers closed the door on any comeback. With the loss, San Diego officially holds down last place in the AFC West (tied with Raiders at 2-3).
So, what are the chances that the team that beat Dallas two weeks ago will be the one that shows up this coming Monday night to meet Andrew Luck and the Colts?
Well, there is no reason on the planet that Rivers and Co. can't beat the 4-1 Colts; oddsmakers have Indianapolis as a slight 1.5 favorite on the road.
The question is, where do the Chargers and their fans want to go from here?
Is there reason for optimism.... or is this just a team that likes to tease its fans into thinking this will be the year to end that all too increasing playoff drought?