Los Angeles Chargers: Win over Oakland would revive the season

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Philip Rivers
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Philip Rivers /

The Los Angeles Chargers finally have a win.

That’s right, for the first time since last November, the Chargers put a mark in the win column, ending a nine-game losing streak. Just last week, most of the discussion surrounding the team was all gloom and doom but as the old saying goes, winning cures all.

With a trip to Oakland on the horizon, the Chargers could completely turn their season around.

The Raiders are beatable, even if Derek Carr returns to the lineup. They’re on a three-game losing streak and the Chargers played them tough in both meetings last year. As weird as it suddenly sounds to say, these could be two teams headed in opposite directions.

The Chargers have been close all year and though they defeated a team ravaged by injuries last Sunday, the road win in New York could give the team the confidence it was lacking in the first four games of the year.

One thing is for sure, what once looked like a tough game on the schedule has become far less intimidating.

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The Raiders have swept the season series the last two years but prior to that, the Chargers won six of seven games against them.

Following an 0-4 start. there wasn’t much optimism in Los Angeles. The Chargers were just a bad team in a city that didn’t want them. At least for one week, that talk has subsided. Another win could make it go away for much longer.

How far can the Chargers take things? The schedule is still tough with matchups against the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots coming up after this game, but getting to 2-4 would put the Chargers right back in the race. Something no one wanted to talk about even a few days ago.

This may all be a bit too hopeful. After all, only one team in NFL history has started 0-4 and still made the playoffs. Of course, we all know which team that was, right?