Chargers rolling but wary

Ask Leon Lett. He never heard the footsteps. But his team still won. San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer is already looking every which way to make sure there is no ambush coming.

"This thing can change in a heartbeat," he said.

The Chargers are rolling, there's no doubt about that. They have won four straight - including two amazing come-from-behind wins on the road -- sit atop the AFC West standings, and are being mentioned as being among the NFL's elite teams.

But Schottenheimer has been around the NFL block a time or 30 and he knows being 8-2 means squat in the big picture.

"We still have to consider the journey ahead of us," he said. "We haven't done anything yet in terms of what were trying to do and that's get to the playoffs."

The Chargers have been here before - as recently as last year. They appeared headed to the playoffs with a five-game winning streak, an 8-4 record and the lowly Dolphins at home. An upset followed, which upset the Chargers' postseason plans.

Could another trap be set this Sunday with the wobbly Raiders in town?

"It won't happen," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "This is a unique team in my mind in the way we handle situations and the way we handle adversity. We've got a good group of guys, a lot of veterans who are very key to our success in that aspect."


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