Four years ago, the San Diego Chargers were three games behind the Denver Broncos with three to play, and they caught the Broncos to win the AFC West.
On Sunday, the Chargers lost 30-23 to the Broncos and dropped to three games behind their rival with six to play. But the Chargers aren't counting on a replay of 2008.
"Of course not," Charges safety Eric Weddle said. "I'm not stupid."
Maybe it's because these Broncos are led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, but these Chargers believe Denver is playing solitaire in the AFC West now.
"We can't hang our hat on Denver doing anything from a collapsing standpoint," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. "They're not losing four out of six, I can guarantee you that."
The Broncos (7-3) have long made a habit of blowing big division leads in November and December, but none of those teams had the dynamite duo of linebacker Von Miller and Manning.
Miller dumped Rivers three times, forcing two fumbles and taking over the NFL sacks lead with 13, and Manning set a franchise season record with his sixth three-touchdown game.
"They've got a great team," Weddle said. "Defense is playing great, you've got edge rushers, you don't have to blitz much, just play coverage. And you've got one of the best quarterbacks in the game playing at a high level. In fact, they're all playing well."
Eagles: It appears that Andy Reid will have at least one more game as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, even if some players are fearing the worst.
A high-ranking team source told the Philadelphia Daily News that Reid will coach next Monday night against the Carolina Panthers.
But three veteran Eagles believed that the 31-6 loss to the Washington Redskins probably was the final straw.
"I know it. I know it," said one defensive player who requested anonymity. "And the only reason I'm here is because of Andy. Some vets have been talking about how the next (coach) may want his own guy."
Of the many players sampled, all said that they remained loyal to Reid. Several, such as tackle King Dunlap, said that they believed they still had a chance to turn the season around and save Reid's job.
Reid was asked if he expected to be able to finish out the season as coach.
"We need to get ready for the Monday night game," was all he said.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie was not available for comment.
Chiefs: Matt Cassel's time as the Kansas City Chiefs' starting quarterback appears to have ended with the team's seventh consecutive loss, 28-6 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
After guiding the Chiefs to two field goals in the first half, he was benched in favor of Brady Quinn, who was cleared to play because of his recent concussion only on Friday.
"I wanted to start Cassel, so I started Cassel," coach Romeo Crennel said. "When I felt like I needed to make a change, I made the change to Quinn. So Quinn got into the game in the second half and then after this, I will evaluate it and I will let you know what I am going to do next week."
The Associated Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Kansas City Star contributed to this report.