Chargers at Browns NFL Week 16 Inactives

Here are today’s inactives for the Browns and Chargers at First Energy Stadium with kickoff set for 1pm Eastern.

Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, T King Dunlap, C Max Tuerk, TE Asante Cleveland, CB Craig Mager, WR Jeremy Butler, DT Kaleb Eulls

Browns: QB Kevin Hogan, DE Tyrone Holmes, C Gabe Ikard, QB Josh McCown, DT Stephen Paea, DT Gabe Wright

Chargers Out of the Playoffs, and Maybe Out of San Diego After Tough Loss to Oakland

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers

2016 is yet another wasted season for the San Diego Chargers, as Sunday the team fell to the Oakland Raiders 19-16, ending any hopes of a trip to the postseason.

What was even worse was watching the Raiders celebrate, as their win over the Chargers will send them to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season, a year in which they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

Playing before what looked like a home crowd at 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers had every chance to pull out a win, but as they have done all too often this season, they just couldn’t make the plays down the stretch, and fell when it meant the most.

The Chargers not only have a lot of work on the field to do, they don’t even know where they will be playing football after this season.

Team chairman Dean Spanos seems almost certain to move the team to the Los Angeles area after failing to get a big public subsidy to help him replace aging Qualcomm Stadium.

Spanos, son of owner Alex Spanos, appears to be leaning toward moving to Los Angeles and eventually joining the Rams in a stadium in Inglewood scheduled to open in 2019. Spanos angered the fan base last year with a failed attempt to move to Carson and share a stadium with the archrival Raiders.

After that failed, the Chargers-backed Measure C was overwhelmingly rejected by San Diego voters on Nov. 8. That would have raised $1.15 billion in increased hotel occupancy taxes for a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex.

Now at 5-9, the Chargers will miss the postseason for the third time in coach Mike McCoy’s four seasons and for the sixth time in six seasons overall.

Chargers vs Panthers NFL Week 13 Capsule



STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 0-0 Ron Rivera: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 28-21 vs. Tampa Bay L 40-7 at Seattle
LAST GAME 12/16/12: Panthers 31 at Chargers 7. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams has 144 scrimmage yards & TD catch. Panthers DE Charles Johnson has 2 sacks & FF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/04: Chargers 17, Panthers 6. San Diego RBs Jesse Chatman & LaDainian Tomlinson each rush for TD. Chargers’ defense limits Panthers to 263 total yards.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (SD), 93 (Car). XM: 384 (SD), 228 (Car).


PASSING Philip Rivers: 266-425-3353-25-14-93.0 Cam Newton: 203-371-2614-14-8-80.6
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 251-992-4.0-10 Jonathan Stewart: 138-511-3.7-7
RECEIVING Tyrell Williams: 53-837-15.8-6 Greg Olsen (TE): 61-820-13.4-3
OFFENSE 367.8 346.0
DEFENSE 360.1 369.6
SACKS Melvin Ingram: 6 Mario Addison: 6.5
INTs Casey Hayward: 7 (1L) Thomas Davis: 3
PUNTING Drew Kaser (R): 45.2 Michael Palardy: 45.2
KICKING Josh Lambo: 98 (35/38 PAT; 21/25 FG) Graham Gano: 79 (25/28 PAT; 18/22 FG)


CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.9 rating in past 2 meetings. Ties for 4th in NFL with 25 pass TDs…RB MELVIN GORDON had 138 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD last week. Ranks 4th in NFL with 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.)…WR TYRELL WILLIAMS aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. WR DONTRELLE INMAN has 168 rec. yards (84 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2. TE ANTONIO GATES has 109 career TD catches, 2nd most by TE in NFL history. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with rec. TD. TE HUNTER HENRY ties for 3rd among rookies with 5 TD catches…CB CASEY HAYWARD has 4 INTs in past 5. Leads NFL with 7 INTs & 17 PD. LB MELVIN INGRAM leads team with 6 sacks. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks, 9 TFL & FF in past 8. Ties for 3rd among rookies with 5.5 sacks. Rookie LB JATAVIS BROWN is 1 of 6 in NFL with 50+ tackles (51), 3+ sacks (3) & 2+ FFs (2)…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has 19 pass TDs vs. 6 INTs for 99.8 rating with 5 rush TDs in past 9 at home. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with rush TD. Passed for 231 yards & 2 TDs for 99.4 rating in last meeting…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 7 rush TDs in past 7. FB MIKE TOLBERT had 2 rush TDs in last meeting…WR TED GINN JR. aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Has 9 receptions for 195 yards & 2 TDs in past 2. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has 5 TDs in 7 career games vs. AFC. Since 2013, TE GREG OLSEN leads NFL TEs in receptions (295) & rec. yards (3,748)…DE KONY EALY has sack in 3 of past 4. DE CHARLES JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. LB THOMAS DAVIS has 2 INTs in past 3 vs. AFC. Since 2013, is only NFL LB with 400+ tackles (407), 14+ sacks (14.5) & 8+ INTs (9). CB DARYL WORLEY leads rookie CBs with 66 tackles. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN had team-high 14 tackles last week.      

Chargers Can’t Hold Lead; Fall to Buccaneers at Home 28-21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Diego Chargers

Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate midway through the fourth quarter and Keith Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their fourth straight victory, 28-21 victory against San Diego on Sunday.

Rivers had the Chargers on the move in the final minutes before Tandy got in front of a pass to Dontrelle Inman and picked it off.

Tandy’s momentum carried him into the end zone, giving the Bucs the ball on their 20. They were able to run out the clock.

The Bucs (7-5) pulled into a tie with Atlanta atop the NFC South.

Tampa Bay benefited from a short punt by Drew Kaser to start the winning drive on their 46. Winston found Brate for the TD on the fourth play of the drive, and then hit Mike Evans on a conversion pass for a 28-21 lead.

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Rivers Paces Chargers with 3 TD’s; Bolts Top Texans in Houston 21-13

San Diego Chargers v Houston Texans

San Diego’s Philip Rivers read all week about the Texans being 5-0 at home. He decided the Chargers should be the ones to end their perfect record in Houston.

“I don’t like getting caught up in too much bulletin-board stuff, but I liked that, the fact this team was unbeaten at home, so let’s go change that,” Rivers said. “It was in my head all week that we could stop the streak.”

Rivers did just that, throwing for 242 yards and three touchdowns to give the Chargers a 21-13 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Sunday. Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown to help San Diego (5-6) to the victory.

The Texans (6-5) were done in by four turnovers, including three interceptions by Brock Osweiler . He was so bad Sunday that coach Bill O’Brien was asked twice after the game if he’d considered benching him for backup Tom Savage.

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Chargers at Texans NFL Week 12 Inactives

Chargers: LB Jatavis Brown, CB Brandon Flowers, TE Asante Cleveland, C Max Tuerk, RB Ronnie Hillman, OT Tyreek Burwell, WR Geremy Davis

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Jaelen Strong, RB Alfred Blue, RB Tyler Ervin, OLB John Simon, OG Josh Walker, OG Oday Aboushi

Dolphins vs Chargers NFL Week 10 Capsule



STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Adam Gase: 0-0 Mike McCoy: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 27-23 vs. New York Jets W 43-35 vs. Tennessee
LAST GAME 12/20/15: Dolphins 14 at Chargers 30. San Diego RB Danny Woodhead has 4 TDs (3 receiving, 1 rushing). Chargers QB Philip Rivers passes for 311 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Terry McAulay
BROADCAST CBS (4:05 PM ET):  Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Mia), 83 (SD). XM: 231 (Mia), 226 (SD).


PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 156-241-1877-8-7-87.4 Philip Rivers: 206-325-2560-17-7-96.2
RUSHING Jay Ajayi: 108-646-6.0-6 Melvin Gordon: 193-768 (3L)-4.0-9 (T1L)
RECEIVING Jarvis Landry: 49-605-12.3-1 Travis Benjamin: 39-514-13.2-3
OFFENSE 340.1 378.0
DEFENSE 362.6 364.7
SACKS Cameron Wake: 5 Melvin Ingram: 5
INTs Isa Abdul-Quddus: 2 Casey Hayward: 5 (T1L)
PUNTING Matt Darr: 45.8 Drew Kaser (R): 44.3
KICKING Andrew Franks: 51 (18/18 PAT; 11/14 FG) Josh Lambo: 86 (2L) (26/29 PAT; 20/22 FG)


DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 4 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 95.6 rating in past 3 vs. SD. In 7 career games vs. AFC West, has 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 93.7 rating…RB JAY AJAYI has 529 rush yards (176.3 per game) & 4 rush TDs in past 3. Aims for 5th in row with rush TD. Leads NFL with 5.98 yards per carry avg. (min. 50 att.)…WR JARVIS LANDRY has 45 catches (9 per game) for 474 yards (94.8 per game) & TD in past 5 on road. Since 2014, has 243 receptions, 4th in NFL. TE DOMINIQUE JONES had 1st career rec. TD last week. WR KENNY STILLS aims for 3rd in row on road with rec. TD…LB KIKO ALONSO leads team with 67 tackles. Has 30 tackles, 3 TFL & 2 FRs in past 3 on road. DT NDAMUKONG SUH aims for 3rd in row with sack. Since entering NFL in 2010, has 46.5 sacks, tied for most by DT. DE CAMERON WAKE had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 4 sacks in past 3. Aims for 4th in row vs. SD with sack… CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS threw for 275 yards & 2 TDs for 117.6 rating last week. In last meeting, had 311 pass yards & 3 TDs for 102.9 rating. Ranks 9th in NFL history with 298 career TD passes…RB MELVIN GORDON had 261 scrimmage yards (196 rush, 65 rec.) last week, 2nd most in game in team history. Has 537 scrimmage yards (375 rush, 162 rec.) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. Leads NFL with 11 TDs (9 rush, 2 rec.)…TE ANTONIO GATES had 75 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 108 TD catches. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS had rec. TD last week. Ties for 4th in NFL with 8 catches of 25+ yards. Leads team with 595 rec. yards…CB CASEY HAYWARD aims for 3rd in row with INT. Had INT in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 5 INTs & 12 PD. LB MELVIN INGRAM had 2.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of past 4. LB KOREY TOOMER aims for 3rd in row with FF. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 3 FFs. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA ties for NFL rookie lead with 4 sacks.

Chargers Rally From Down 17; Top Falcons in Overtime 33-30

San Diego Chargers v Atlanta Falcons

Josh Lambo said kicking his game-winning field goal — his fourth of the game — was no more difficult than an extra point.

The hard work, according to the kicker, was handled by Denzel Perryman and San Diego’s defense.

Lambo’s 42-yard field goal in overtime gave San Diego its first road victory of the year, as the Chargers rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 33-30 on Sunday.

Perryman, the linebacker still obviously affected by a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Chargers’ Oct. 9 loss to Oakland, delivered two key plays late in the game. His interception of Matt Ryan’s pass for Julio Jones set up Lambo’s tying 33-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.

Perryman’s fourth-and-1 stop on running back Devonta Freeman gave San Diego the ball at Atlanta’s 43 for the Chargers’ winning drive.

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