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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 25: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders jogs across the field before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 25: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders jogs across the field before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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The LA Chargers will take on the Las Vegas Raiders in a Week 9 divisional matchup.

For the fourth straight week, the LA Chargers blew a lead of at least 16 points. Even though the Chargers held a 24-3 lead halfway through the third quarter, they still ended up losing this game. With this blown lead, the Chargers have become the first team in NFL history to blow leads of at least 16 points in four straight games, losing three of them.

The Chargers became the first team in NFL history to blow 4 leads of 16+ points in 4 straight games. pic.twitter.com/tO2tYTCR9X

— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 2, 2020

The Chargers absolutely dominated the Broncos in the first two and a half quarters of this game and still found a way to lose. Justin Herbert had another solid performance even though he threw two interceptions which led to 10 points for the Broncos. The run game was the best it’s been all season as the team ran for over 200 yards, led by Justin Jackson and Troymaine Pope who had 89 and 67 rushing yards respectively.

The Chargers had a chance to close out the game half way through the fourth quarter but had to settle for a field goal to take a six point lead with two and a half minutes left for Drew Lock and the Broncos offense. Two defensive pass interference calls helped put the Broncos on the one yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game.

Lock rolled out to his right and forced Rayshawn Jenkins to make a decision on whether to pursue Lock or stay in coverage. Jenkins made the right decision as if he had stayed in coverage, Lock would’ve had a walk in touchdown.

K.J. Hamler caught the game tying touchdown and Brandon McManus would hit the extra point to win the game for the Broncos. This loss puts the Chargers at 2-5 and last place in the AFC West.

Last Five Matchups

In their last five meetings, the Chargers hold a 3-2 record over the Raiders, but the Raiders swept the matchup last season. In their first meeting last year, Philip Rivers threw three interceptions including a pick six by Erik Harris.

The Raiders took that matchup 26-24. In their second game, the Raiders got out to a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter and it turned out to be too big of a deficit for the Chargers to overcome. The Raiders swept the Chargers, winning 24-17 in their final meeting of last season.

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