First up for the streaking Chargers are the Miami Dolphins.
Any chance the Chargers will be looking ahead to Indy instead of focusing on the Dolphins, winners of two straight?
"We understand if we don't beat Miami, the last three games don't mean as much," quarterback Drew Brees said, "because we might already be eliminated. We understand every game from here on out, it's one game at a time. It's almost a must-win situation every time we go out.
"Don't look too far ahead. Been done that road before, and it doesn't work. Just one foot in front of another."
The closing three-game stretch Brees referred to starts with the Colts, followed but tough games against the Chiefs and the Broncos. But the contest the Chargers dearly have to win is their next one, against the Dolphins (5-7).
"When you look at that football team right now, they're pretty good," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "And the way this league is today, all it takes is a few wins in a row, and all of sudden you might find yourself right in the middle of the race."
But the Chargers must be on the mark come Sunday. While some see the Dolphins' visit as an easy win, it also has the look of a trap game if the Chargers aren't focused.
So who do the Chargers root for in Sunday's Jacksonville-Indianapolis game?
"Maybe the Colts so they will be undefeated when we go there," Brees said. "But other than that, I'm just worried about us."
Oakland free safety Stuart Schweigert wasn't too happy with his team's performance on Sunday night:
"(The Chargers) hate us and want to embarrass us, and they did," Schweigert said. "They embarrassed us on national TV. It hurts your pride. Everyone is watching that game, and they were laughing at us."
Mike Scifres nailed a career-long 71-yard punt -- the third-longest in team history -- to get the Chargers out from deep in their territory in the second quarter.
"I shanked it a little bit," Scifres said, with a grin.