With not a cloud in the sky and dry conditions on the ground, you would think both offenses would have been able to move the ball up and down the field and put points on the board. Think again.
Philip Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd on the game’s third play from scrimmage, and the San Diego Chargers held on for a lackluster 13-6 victory against winless Oakland on Sunday, extending the Raiders’ losing streak to 16.
The fading San Diego Chargers may get help from running back Ryan Mathews and linebacker Manti Te’o against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Sunday’s game for the San Diego Chargers against hated AFC West rival Oakland is essentially a “must-win” game if the Bolts are to remain in the hunt for the division crown or a wild card spot come the end of December.
After dropping their season-opener 18-17 to the now 8-1 Arizona Cardinals, the Bolts reeled off five straight victories, even holding the lead in the AFC West for a time. Now, however, the Chargers (5-4) sit in third place in the division, with a pair of hot teams in front of them, respectively Denver (7-2) and Kansas City (6-3).
It’s getting more and more difficult for the Raiders to hold their heads up.
In one of their tougher tests of the season, the Chargers scratched and clawed their way to a 31-28 victory over the Raiders in Oakland last month. Since that win, however, the Bolts have gone 0-3, including a 37-0 blowout loss in Miami a week ago this past Sunday.
With the Chargers (5-4) currently in the midst of a three-game slump, here is a look at the remaining seven games and who is likely to be favored going into each of them:
While the Bolts are far from out of the playoff hunt, their road to the post-season looks to be much more daunting now then it did about a month or so ago.
In the latest thrashing, the Chargers gave up 37 points to the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday in a 37-0 blowout in Miami. Keep in mind, that the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill are not exactly the equivalent of Peyton Manning and the Broncos, or Drew Brees and the Saints when it comes to offensive firepower.
After losses to Kansas City and Denver, San Diego was hoping to use its visit to South Florida to get back on the winning track, but Miami (5-3) had much different plans.
The Chargers’ 37-0 loss at Miami on Sunday was their worst defeat in 18 years.
Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins did just about anything and everything they wanted to Sunday afternoon is South Florida, dismantling the struggling Chargers 37-0.
With his Miami Dolphins leading by 27 points in the third quarter Sunday, coach Joe Philbin stomped along the sideline, angrily waving his fist and screaming in disagreement with an official’s ruling.
When the Chargers take on Miami (4-3) in South Florida Sunday afternoon, they hope to get back on the winning track, giving them momentum heading into contests against the Raiders, Rams and Ravens to finish out the month of November.
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