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Chargers need help in quest for playoff slot
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
- The Raiders fell to the Eagles, 19-10, in Philadelphia on Monday night, officially eliminating them from playoff contention. The Raiders committed five turnovers, their most since a 52-0 loss in St. Louis in Week 13 of 2014.
- The Chargers beat the Jets, 14-7, in New York on Sunday, improving to 5-1 in their last six games, and keeping their playoff hopes alive. The last time the Chargers won when scoring 14 or fewer points was in Week 11 in 2014 against the Raiders (had lost 10 in a row).
- The Chargers' 17-16 win over the Raiders in Week 6 snapped a four-game losing streak to Oakland, and are looking to sweep the season series from the Raiders for the first time since 2014. The Raiders will be playing their first game in the Los Angeles area since December 24, 1994.
- Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates combined for their 87th touchdown pass last Sunday, second most by any combo in NFL history. They trail only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (112), and moved two ahead of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85).
- In his first seven games of the season, Marshawn Lynch got over 50 rushing yards just twice, and he had only had two touchdowns. In his last seven games, he's gone over 50 in each game, and has five rushing touchdowns.
- The Chargers have been at their strongest in the second quarter this year, scoring 123 points and allowing a league-low 54 points. Their +69 differential is the best in the league. The Raiders have scored 71 and allowed 100 in the second quarter, giving them the 11th-worst differential at -29.
The Los Angeles Chargers have used "Fight for L.A." as a slogan in their quest to wrestle attention away from the Los Angeles Rams.
Come Sunday, they might get a sense of what that really means.
The Chargers will welcome the Oakland Raiders in to cap the regular season at the StubHub Center. Despite it being the Chargers' final home game of their inaugural season in their return to L.A., the Raiders promise to bring a big crowd.
"We ran into this in San Diego too, depending on who you would play," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "It's nothing that we will have to spend any extra time on."
Not that the Chargers should. Instead, all the attention on winning for the ninth time in 12 games with a sprint they hope is enough to earn an AFC wild-card playoff spot.
"If we got to nine wins and it was enough to go to the playoffs, then after the game we will be super fired up," Rivers said. "And if it's not, you still want to finish up the season in the right way."
The Chargers' path to the playoffs is a bit convoluted. Not only do they need to win, but they need Jacksonville to beat Tennessee and either have Miami beat Buffalo or Baltimore defeat Cincinnati.
Confusing? Not for the Chargers.
"I can't find one yet where we can lose and still make it," Rivers said. "We can only control what we can control. Shoot, I don't think any of us are going to be carried away over what else is going on and then not take care of our business."
With the sagging Raiders limping toward the tape, head coach Anthony Lynn still expects Oakland's best shot.
"If they can't win it, I'm sure they would have no problem spoiling it for us," he said.
Updated December 27, 2017