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Chargers not looking past Redskins
Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers
- The Redskins were blown out, 38-14, by the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 13, losing for the third time in the last four games. Washington has allowed at least 30 points six times in 2017 -- tied with Arizona and Cleveland for most of any team in the league.
- The Chargers beat the Browns, 19-10, at StubHub Center last Sunday, winning their third straight game, and improving to 6-2 in the last eight contests overall. Los Angeles hasn't turned the ball over in three straight games -- tied for the longest such streak in franchise history.
- The Chargers defeated the Redskins, 30-24, in overtime at FedEx Field the last time these clubs met in 2013 (Week 9), snapping a three-game losing streak in this series, and improving to 7-3 all-time vs. Washington overall. Seven of the last eight games between these teams have been decided by six or fewer points (since 1983).
- Kirk Cousins threw for 251 yards and two scores in Week 13, but was picked off twice and sacked four times by the Cowboys in the loss. Cousins has 12,372 yards passing since becoming the Redskins' full-time starter in 2015 -- fourth most in the NFL.
- Philip Rivers was 31-of-43 for 344 yards and a touchdown last Sunday, giving him 1029 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last three contests. Rivers has been sacked just 13 times in 2017 -- fewest of any NFL quarterback who has started all 12 of his team's games this year.
- The Redskins have fumbled a league-high 25 times in 2017, losing 12 of those miscues, also most in the NFL. The Chargers have fumbled 13 times this season (tied ninth most in NFL), losing just three of those (tied second fewest in league).
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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Redskins don't tangle often. But they face off at the StubHub Center on Sunday, Washington's first road game against the Chargers since the 2009 season.
The streaking Chargers (6-6) have resurrected their season after dropping their first four games. They have won three straight and six of the last eight to gain a share of the AFC West lead.
The Redskins (5-7) lost their last time out to the rival Dallas Cowboys. They've lost four of their past six games to all but fall from the NFC playoff race.
The Redskins would likely need to sweep their final month of games in the regular season -- and get some help -- to reach the postseason.
"We do have a 1 percent chance so I'm going to play believing we can do our part, which is four weeks long, and then who knows?" Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins said. "In theory, we still have something to play for and that is enough for me."
The Chargers don't have to crunch the numbers quite as hard to find their path past the regular season. With a share of the lead and games with division rivals Oakland and Kansas City still to come, if they go 4-0 down the stretch, the division is theirs.
That's a long way for a team that lifted the curtain on the season in a new city with four straight losses. That the Chargers are part of the playoff discussion -- after being left for dead -- is among the NFL's biggest surprises this year.
"I am by no means looking that far ahead, but we have a quarter of a season to go," Rivers said. "I think we have a shot, we know that. But we know how quickly it can go the other way.
"We have by no means made it. We got four tough football games ahead of us, starting this week against the Redskins. We are all focused on what is ahead this week and the challenge they present."
The Chargers would seemingly have another cupcake in Washington after getting fat playing the Buffalo Bills, the Dallas Cowboys and the winless Cleveland Browns.
Then again, the Redskins have traveled to the West Coast twice this year and both times came away with impressive wins over the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks.
Those two road wins grabbed Rivers' attention.
"This is a playoff-caliber team and we all know that," he said. "It will be a good challenge for us."
The task at hand for the Redskins is staying interested. But Cousins said he hasn't seen any lack of want-to from his teammates as they near the end of a disappointing season.
"Guys want to play, they are ready to go," Cousins said. "I like the locker room and I like the resiliency. You can see that from what we have been through."
Cousins' front line has been through a lot as Washington continues to shuffle in replacements because of injuries. Considering the Chargers' potent tandem of pass-rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram that is an area of concern for the Redskins.
"It definitely starts with those two big names that they drafted in the first round and they have been what they expected them to be," Cousins said, noting the Chargers are No. 5 defending the pass.
"I got to believe a lot of the credit goes go to the pass rush and works back from there. We will have our hands full, as we do every week. The Chargers are no different. But our guards and tackles will have their hands full. It will be a great challenge."
Rivers acknowledges the Chargers have been playing solid and then he eyes the calendar. Veterans know the December football is different from any other month, and the Chargers have to prove they can perform when the stakes are enhanced.
"We have a lot of young guys, and whoever has been here last two years, hasn't had very many meaningful December games," Rivers said. "I think it is good to acknowledge that because it's different, it's exciting and it's what you spend all offseason working on to get into December and have a chance."
The Redskins are 7-3 lifetime against the Chargers.
Updated December 6, 2017