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Chargers QB Rivers Upset with the Final Drive in Loss to Raiders

Philip Rivers saved his worst performance in Oakland for his final game at the Coliseum, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The Chargers quarterback, playing his last game at the Coliseum with the Raiders slated to move to Las Vegas, threw three interceptions and earned a 57.5 passer rating, his worst in a game in Oakland in 14 contests, per NFL Research, as L.A. fell 26-24.

Rivers, who ranks first in wins (9), completions (298), pass yards (3,705) and pass TD (26) by an opposing QB at Oakland, couldn’t find a target Thursday night. The Chargers QB threw two first-half interceptions to Raiders safety Eric Harris — the first one a ghastly overthrow to Keenan Allen — and could have had several more turnovers.

“It was obviously not the way you wanted to end your time coming here,” Rivers said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was one of the last-standing, last few active old-school NFL stadiums, kind of one of the originals.

“The atmosphere tonight was awesome. Just disappointed we didn’t play better and find a way to win.”

The Raiders pressured Rivers early and often, especially after left tackle Russell Okung left early with a groin injury. Yet, Rivers’ mistakes didn’t happen only with pressure in his face. According to Next Gen Stats, Rivers was 9-of-21 passing for 159 yards, TD, 3 INT on passes with 2.5-plus seconds to throw. For the game, he finished 17-of-31 for 207 yards, 2 TDs and 3 INTs, while taking five sacks.

The end of the game epitomized Rivers’ struggles.

After Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson missed an extra point to keep the Raiders’ lead at just two points, Rivers airmailed eight straight passes — one negated by a Raiders’ penalty. Most of the prayers didn’t have a shot to be completed. His final heave was intercepted by safety Karl Joseph.

“The two (first-quarter) interceptions and then eight plays not getting anything” at the end of the game, Rivers said, “I’m disappointed I didn’t do a better job in those … spots especially.”

Video: Chargers Fall in Late AFC West Battle to the Raiders 26-24

The Chargers were 1:02 away from a huge road win in Oakland on Thursday, but instead sit now at 4-6 as they fell to the Raiders 26-24 in the Black Hole.

The game was decided when Raiders rookie back Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 remaining and Philip Rivers threw a pick as Karl Joseph made the defensive saving play.

Here’s the highlights of the Thursday loss:

Video: Chargers Step Up and Top the Packers 26-11

The Chargers are on a two-game win streak as they played their best game of the season Sunday, topping the Packers 26-11 at home.

Here’s video highlights of the win:

Chargers DE Joey Bosa Named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week

It was quite a week for Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, and for his efforts in Sunday’s 17-16 win over the Bears he was today named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Bosa sacked Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky twice and recorded four tackles for loss in all.

It was the fourth-year pass rusher’s second-straight game with at least two sacks, making him the first Charger with back-to-back games with at least two sacks since Kevin Burnett did so in 2010.

It’s the first time in his career he’s taken home the Player of the Week honors.

Video: Chargers Rally to Stop Losing Streak, Top the Bears 17-16 in Chicago

The Chargers broke their losing streak on Sunday as they rallied to hold down Chicago scoreless in the fourth quarter, as they topped the Bears 17-16.

As the Chargers Ground Game Continues to Plod; So Will the Offense

The Los Angeles Chargers have had no consistency to their offense early in the 2019 season, part of the reason the team has gotten off to such a slow start.

The Bolts offense has not put the team in a good position, as they sit at 2-4 after six games. If you signup at Novibet you can still put money on the Chargers rebounding, but as of now, it’s been a complete struggle to watch this proud unit go nowhere fast.

“There’s no rhythm you can get into with eight carries, I don’t care what running back you are,” Chargers workhorse running back Melvin Gordon said, via ESPN’s Eric D. Williams. “I get stronger down the line.”

Maybe it is just that simple in having to give the ball more to Gordon, but when your offense puts you behind the eight-ball like they did Sunday evening against the Steelers, everything seems to be a struggle.

“With the more carries you get, you run that play and you’re like, ‘Okay, this is how they are playing it.’ So when you run that play again, I know how I’m going to treat it,” Gordon said.

“But when you get eight carries, you’ve seen the same play for the first time every time. There’s no feel to it, and you never get a feel for the game.”

The Bolts plan for success is a simple one, run the ball with backs like Gordon to set up the pass with Philip Rivers trying to go downfield to the likes of Mike Williams and others.

The problem though has been simple, the run game has done nothing to install confidence in the pass game, and everything has broken down from there.

In two games, Gordon is averaging 43.0 scrimmage yards per game, and has yet to score a touchdown. He has 20 carries in two games for 49 yards and is averaging 2.4 yards per carry, an average that isn’t going to get it done against any team in the NFL.

Sunday it might have been as worst as it’s been this season. The team sat staring at a 24-0 deficit before they were able to make it a game, but by then it was much too little, too late.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with Melvin Gordon,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said earlier this week when asked about the RB’s struggles returning for a holdout.

“We’ve got to open up more running lanes.”

Running the ball is going to open up a whole new world for the Chargers offense. Until they can do that though, it’s going to be tough sledding in the city of Angels.

RB Justin Jackson in a Walking Boot, Gordon Doubtful to Play Sunday

Chargers running back Justin Jackson was spotted in a walking boot on Friday but head coach Anthony Lynn reiterated it is doubtful Melvin Gordon will make his 2019 debut against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday despite questions about the health of the current No.2 RB according to Eric Williams of ESPN.

Jackson was added to the Chargers’ injury report on Thursday and is clearly dealing with a significant issue. He should be considered very questionable for Sunday’s smash spot against the Dolphins. Austin Ekeler would get an even larger role if Jackson is ultimately sidelined.

As for Gordon, he just reported to the team on Thursday after a 64-game holdout and is likely not in game shape even to face the Grade Z roster in Miami. Lynn noted that he has faith in backup RBs Troymaine Pope and Detrez Newsome if Jackson is ultimately sidelined. Unmentioned in all the coach speak is the assumption that the Chargers do not need either Jackson or Gordon to handle the Dolphins on Sunday. Ekeler fantasy owners can count on one more big day from their temporary star.

Melvin Gordon Ready to Return for the Chargers?

The Bolts offense running the ball and could use a boost – and reports say they just may get it with the return of leading running back Melvin Gordon.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Gordon could be returning to the team very soon.

Chargers’ RB Melvin Gordon’s holdout could soon be coming to an end, though no final decisions have made when to report, per league sources. He had planned to return at some point in October, but could soon be moving up his reporting date.

The Bolts are off to a slow start in 2019, dropping two of their first theee games, and could use Gordon in an offense that has hit a number of speed bumps early in 2019.