The Los Angeles Chargers won two games in a row for the first time this season, only to lose disappointingly the next week against the Oakland Raiders.
The Chargers were finally starting to look like the team everyone expected prior to the season. After a very rough start to the year, the Chargers got a lucky break three weeks ago when they beat the Chicago Bears, who missed a game-winning field goal as time expired.
They followed it up with a dominating win against another NFC North opponent, the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay has been one of the best teams in the league this season, led by Aaron Rodgers and a young up-and-coming defense. That didn’t matter, as the defense stymied Rodgers with dominating performances by Joey Bosa and company, while the offense finally found its rhythm.
All was looking well, with the Chargers carrying their momentum into a Thursday Night Football tilt against their divisional rival, the Oakland Raiders. But after only a quarter of play in Oakland, it was evident it was going to be another tough game. After perhaps the worst Chargers’ drive of all time, the game ended and so did the playoff hopes of many not-so-optimistic fans.
The Chargers have already shown they can get it done, and they’ve shown time and time again they can get on a roll. There’s a reason “Philcember” is a thing. Things need to click again, but even against the Packers, which many considered one of the best Chargers games in recent years, the team showed there is still some room for improvement.
These are some of the ways they can get better.