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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Playoff predictor: Chargers have edge

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

ESPN’s playoff predicator believes San Diego will emerge from the tight AFC West scrum and make the playoffs with an 8-8 record. But it’s clearly not convinced. The predictor has the Chargers’ playoff chances at just 36.2 percent.

Last week, when the Raiders, Chiefs and Chargers were tied for first place at 4-3 (they are now all tied for first at 4-4), the predictor gave the Chiefs the edge. Expect more twists and turns as this race goes down the stretch.

In other AFC West news:

An ESPN.com video debate on John Elway saying Tim Tebow’s status as the Broncos’ starting quarterback is week-to-week.

Denver receiver Eddie Royal talks about his key return at Oakland Sunday in a radio interview.

Oakland has to hope Sebastian Janikowski doesn’t suffer a setback in his hamstring injury. NFL.com is reporting Dave Rayner is on the verge of signing with Buffalo. He kicked for Oakland in Week 7 and was on alert in Oakland during the weekend before the team decided Janikowski in could play Sunday. Still, he was not at full strength.