The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders easily on Sunday to improve their record to 3-2.
Philip Rivers put together a masterful performance against a really bad defense, throwing for 339 yards and two touchdowns on the day. To this point in the season, he is the only quarterback in the league to throw at least two touchdown passes in every game.
The Raiders didn’t provide much competition, mustering just 289 yards of offense while going 4-for-11 on third-down conversions. A key sequence in the game came when the Raiders drove the ball down to the Chargers’ 1-yard line late in the third quarter. Down 20-3 at the time, the Raiders pulled a play out of Pete Carroll’s playbook, throwing from the 1-yard line rather than turning and handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch. Though Melvin Ingram was standing right in the throwing lane, Derek Carr pulled the trigger anyway. Interception.
The game was over from there as the Chargers went down the field and converted the ensuing possession into a touchdown. It was a bad Raiders team that came to StubHub Center on Sunday, but the Chargers aren’t about to make any apologies.
Now, the team might be looking at going on a big winning streak.
Next on the docket is the suddenly competitive Cleveland Browns, a game that will be played in Cleveland. If the Chargers can win that game, here’s what the next six weeks look like:
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Week 7 vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 8 BYE
Week 9 at Seattle Seahawks
Week 10 at Oakland
Week 11 vs. Denver Broncos
Week 12 vs. Arizona Cardinals
The most difficult game in the next three months comes in Week 13 at the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 3-2, the Chargers still sit two games behind the Kansas City Chiefs, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities to think that the Chargers could be sitting at 8-3 or 9-2 come the first week of December.
That would put them right in the thick of the playoff race and be that team that no one wants to face come playoff time.