When the NFL schedule was revealed in the offseason, this looked like a big game — two division champs who both won 12 games last season, no major changes on either side. It looked like a playoff preview.
San Diego enters tonight’s game with a 1-4 record after dropping a third straight in heartbreaking fashion. The Chargers continue to find new ways to lose, this time squandering yet another late fourth quarter lead on the road against the Raiders. San Diego has led in the fourth quarter in each of its four losses.
San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction
No matter where each team has been located, the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders have been bitter rivals since they both entered the NFL in 1960. On Sunday, they will continue their division rivalry, this time in Oakland.
Jimmy Garoppolo earned himself a future NFL starting job. Rookie Jacoby Brissett reminded us about heart and toughness. LeGarrette Blount became the 575th Patriot in the last decade-plus to rebuild his career after being left for dead by other teams. It all added up to a 3-1 record, good enough to put the New England Patriots atop their division.
After three weeks without Tom Brady, New England already holds a two-game lead in the AFC East. If they can beat Buffalo on Sunday and get some help elsewhere, the Patriots could stretch that lead to three over the rest of the division — and then they get their Hall of Fame quarterback back.
It hasn’t been a great start to the 2016 season for the Miami Dolphins. After losing their first two games on the road to the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, the Dolphins barely squeaked out a 30-24 victory over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.