The numbers are ugly. Coach Anthony Lynn is aware of it. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is aware of it. Quarterback Philip Rivers is aware of it.

The Chargers have struggled to maneuver the ball on offense, however the actuality is the quagmire is on the bottom. Solely three groups are doing it worse — the Giants, the Dolphins and the Cardinals.

However the excellent news — and actually, there’s some — is that the numbers was worse.

Operating again Melvin Gordon ensured that the workforce’s per-recreation dashing common would bounce when he ran for a hundred and five yards Sunday within the Chargers’ win over the Giants. Gordon added fifty eight yards receiving and two touchdowns, incomes him AFC offensive participant of the week.

“I felt like Melvin did get into a bit of little bit of rhythm the place he was seeing it properly and trusting himself,” Rivers stated.

Rivers has had a entrance-row seat to the herky-jerky, growth-or-bust Chargers offense. The issues on the bottom, the place the Chargers are gaining simply seventy eight.eight yards a recreation, are an enormous cause why the Chargers haven’t figured all of it out heading into Sunday’s recreation on the Oakland Raiders.

The staff has trailed early in video games, Lynn stated, and it has felt as if they wanted to rush to catch up. That results in extra passing. That additionally results in much less rushes for Gordon, and means it’s more durable to maintain him in a rhythm.

Rivers cited unfavourable performs early in drives as one more reason why the group hasn’t been capable of decide to the run.

“Whether or not you’re the play-caller or simply basic philosophy, in the event you name a run and it’s second-and-eleven, it doesn’t actually encourage you to maintain calling them,” Rivers stated. “We’ve had some. Clearly, final week was so much higher. Managing first and second down, after which if we’re higher on third down, which we’ve got been the final two weeks, you then get extra first downs and you then get extra runs.

“It goes again to what I’ve stated concerning the rhythm. We’ve simply been so inconsistent.”

Just like the Giants final week, the Raiders have struggled to cease the run, , giving Gordon and the Chargers one other probability to right an issue that’s haunted them a lot of the season.

“Melvin stepped up,” Lynn stated of Gordon. “He had considered one of his higher days, however he had extra alternatives. We’ve got to ensure he continues to get these alternatives.”

Carr on monitor to start out

When the analysis first got here by way of — a fracture behind Raiders quarterback Derek Carr — individuals braced for the worst. Carr, although, acquired proper again to work.

“I imply I have to be a bit bizarre. I have to be a bit of totally different, however as quickly as they advised me, I stated ‘OK, it’s simply going to harm to play via this week,’ ” Carr stated. “You already know, my thoughts-set was to be able to play and to not miss a recreation. And I did every little thing from my finish to be sure that I used to be bodily succesful and able to play.”

Carr wasn’t prepared to put final Sunday, so the Raiders began EJ Manuel and misplaced at house to Baltimore. However Carr was shut.

This Sunday, it appears as if he’ll be on the sector when the Raiders host the Chargers.

“I anticipate to be,” Carr stated, “however I simply acquired to take it in the future at a time and work as arduous as I can to ensure I could be on the market.”

Williams getting nearer

Opposite to stories, the workforce hasn’t dedicated to extensive receiver Mike Williams making his NFL debut Sunday towards Oakland. He was restricted once more in apply Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Lynn made it clear that it gained’t be lengthy.

“We’ve added extra each single week and I feel he’s actually shut,” Lynn stated. “We’ll see the place he’s on the finish of the week.”

Lynn stated Williams, who has but to undergo a full apply, will get an expanded workload this week with the workforce able to see if his success in school can translate.

“He’s accomplished a very good job in apply of taking some reps, getting acclimated to what we’re doing,” Whisenhunt stated. “We’ll proceed to work him in and see the place he’s. He’s an enormous man that basically has excellent arms. You’ll be able to see that. That’s evident from what he did in school. And we’re excited to see what he can do.”

And so forth.

Operating again Branden Oliver, who didn’t play Sunday due to a hamstring damage, was a restricted participant in Wednesday’s apply. … Linebacker Jatavis Brown (ankle) and deal with Joe Barksdale (foot) are nonetheless nursing accidents from final week, although each have been capable of play towards the Giants. … Longtime Chargers defensive assistant coach and coordinator John Pagano is with the Raiders after spending 15 years with the San Diego group. “He’s acquired a wealth of expertise and numerous information, and he’s a fantastic communicator,” Oakland coach Jack Del Rio stated. “He’s been a terrific addition for us.”

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