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Chargers still far behind AFC’s best after getting their first victory

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Ryan Kartje

COSTA MESA — The monkey was finally off their back. The four-game losing streak that marred the season’s first month was finally broken. They celebrated in the locker room and joked about how long it had been. But by Monday, as the Chargers returned home from New York with their first victory in-hand, reality felt a bit more grim.

“We’re still in a hole we’re trying to dig ourselves out of,” running back Melvin Gordon said.

They’ll gladly take the win, of course, but at 1-4, the Chargers have plenty of digging ahead. Sunday’s victory was about as ugly as victories go. The offense again started slow. Philip Rivers struggled. Penalties were a problem. And with a brutal slate ahead, including three crucial road games against possible playoff teams from now until mid-November, the Chargers don’t exactly have much time to iron out their issues. A trip to play the Raiders awaits this week, while visits to New England and Jacksonville and a home game with the 3-1 Denver Broncos loom, as well.

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None of those games are a sure thing, by any stretch. As things stand, the Chargers may not be the betting favorite in any game they play until mid-November.

But all September long, as the team answered for its four straight losses, they emphasized how one victory could turn the tables. On Monday, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn reiterated that they could “build off of that,” no matter how ugly that one victory happened to be.

“We proved to ourselves that we have the talent, the team and […]    

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