San Diego Chargers: The “streakiest” team in the NFL (12/5/11)

The San Diego Chargers, since being led by Philip Rivers in 2006, has been one of the most exciting — and excruciating — teams to watch in the NFL. They continually show spurts of disappointment followed by moments of greatness. They truly represent the word “streakiness” — which is an actual word by-the-way.

This season seems to be an off one for the Chargers as their “streakiness” is mainly an ongoing string of losses. Throughout the season, NFL pundits have figured the Chargers would eventually flip the switch and start winning because that’s what they normally do. Philip Rivers has never had a losing season — he was 8-8 in 2008 and still made the playoffs — and this is mostly due to the fact that he wins when the Chargers need a win.

  • In his first season as starter, in 2006, they began the season 4-2. They finished up 14-2 after winning ten in a row.
  • The Chargers finished with six straight wins in the regular season in 2007 to get a spot in the playoffs and then added another two wins in the playoffs before losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
  • 2008 proved to be the Chargers most sporadic season as their longest win streak was four games, but it was the final four games of the season — which led to another playoff berth.
  • Rivers led the Chargers to a 13-3 record in 2009 after starting off 2-3. They once again lost in the playoffs though.
  • The 2010 season was the first time Rivers failed to make the playoffs, barely missing them as they lost two late games.
  • 2011 tells a completely different story as they are 4-7 and have lost six in a row. They are last in the AFC West and have almost no shot at the playoffs this time around.
Below are some line graphs to show the “streakiness” of the San Diego Chargers. We know what you’re thinking, “Why on Earth would you use a line graph to represent this data?” Simple, we like line graphs. Deal with it.
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