Fact or Fiction: Week 13

Will an 8-8 NFC team make the playoffs? That's just one issue our experts debate heading into Week 13.

Updated: December 23, 2004, 1:51 PM ET

Everyone has opinions about what will happen during the NFL season. And the predictions will either prove to be true or false.

So we've made four bold statements and asked our ESPN experts -- former NFL players Eric Allen and Mike Golic -- whether or not they believe the statements will eventually become fact or fiction.

On which side of the fence do they sit? Click on the links below for their answers.

The Chargers will win the AFC West
Eric Allen
Fact: The Chargers are taking care of business and gaining confidence week in and week out. It's surprising that such a young team is meeting the mental and physical challenges of leading their division late in the season. It's especially surprising when you take a closer inspection of their division rival, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are a veteran team, but they haven't shown the consistency that the Chargers have this year. It's normally very telling how a team responds against lower competition at home and while the Chargers are burying teams, the Broncos are dropping games. That's the sign of a struggling team. I think the Chargers will be able to sew up the division this week against the Broncos.

Mike Golic
Fact: They should defeat the Broncos this week, which will give them pretty close to an insurmountable two-game lead over Denver. The Chargers' consistency has been extremely impressive this season. They aren't suffering from the little disruptions that doom younger teams and are just calmly going out and winning whether at home or on the road. Quarterback Drew Brees has played extremely well this season and though LaDainian Tomlinson's numbers aren't excellent, they are good enough to keep pressure off Brees. Also the Chargers are playing outstanding defense. Meanwhile, a quarterback who's famously inconsistent and a defense that isn't nearly as good as the Chargers' are leading the Broncos. That adds up to a Chargers division title.