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Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers spent

par zhangzk » Jeu 19 Sep 2019 à 4h09

CARSON Brian Burns Jersey , Calif. (AP) the past two months scrapping and clawing for the chance to play meaningful games in December. Now that they’ve made it, the Bolts don’t want to waste that hard work against an opponent that has been slipping out of contention for the same two months. After winning three straight and six of eight overall, the first-place Chargers (6-6) host the Washington Redskins (5-7) on Sunday with a chance to solidify their postseason intentions. A loss would almost certainly put the Bolts in trouble again, but Rivers and his veteran Los Angeles teammates are motivated by their recent late-season experiences in San Diego. ”We haven’t had a very meaningful December game the last two years, and now here we are,” Rivers said. ”I think it’s good to acknowledge that and talk about that, because it is different. It’s exciting, and it’s what you spend all offseason for, is to get into December and have a chance.” Just three years ago, the Chargers hit December at 8-4. They lost three of their final four games, including a season-ending loss at Kansas City with a playoff berth on the line. ”We have a shot,” Rivers said. ”We know that. But we also know how quickly it can go the other way. We’ve by no means made it. We have four tough football games ahead of us, starting this week.” Although these teams’ records are nearly identical, the Chargers are sitting atop the AFC West alongside Kansas City and Oakland, while the Redskins are already eliminated from the NFC East title race behind Philadelphia (10-2). With six NFC teams already sitting on eight victories and four other teams between Washington and a wild-card spot, the final month of the Redskins’ season likely is only about pride. Kirk Cousins doesn’t intend to let up, although the prolific passer also is playing for his l 1th meeting: KIRK BEWARE: Cousins’ greatest challenge could be staying upright under the pressure of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram , the Chargers’ dynamic pass-rushing duo. They’ve combined for 20 of the Chargers’ 35 sacks already this season, while Cousins has been sacked 35 times behind an injury-plagued offensive line. Los Angeles defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is an aggressive blitzer on third downs, and that has played a big role in a strong series of defensive performances by the Bolts, who haven’t allowed more than 27 points in a game all season. ”I think they have had more interceptions (15) than they’ve allowed touchdown passes (13),” Cousins said. ”I’ve got to believe that a lot of the credit does go to the pass rush and then works back from there.” KEENAN’S COUSIN: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen will attempt to become the first player in NFL history to make at least 10 catches for at least 100 yards and one touchdown in four consecutive games. But LA’s star playmaker also will be thinking about his cousin, Redskins receiver Maurice Harris, who made a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch against Minnesota last month in his season debut. Harris isn’t likely to have a big impact Sunday after sustaining a concussion last week, but Allen will be looking for him. ”We have been doing it our whole life, so we always knew we could play at a high level,” Allen said. ”I just think he needs the chance, and I think he showed it against the Vikings when he did get the chance.” REED UNLIKELY: Washington’s most important offensive playmaker, tight end Jordan Reed, is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game with a strained right hamstring. Reed only has 27 catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns during a lost season that coach Jay Gruden called incomplete. ”Jordan is a big-time player for us and when he’s not out there, it has an effect on what we do,” Gruden said. ”Any time you lose a player of that magnitude, as gifted as he is talent-wise, it’s going to have a little bit of an effect.” QUICK TURNAROUND: Although the temptation could be strong this week, the Chargers insist they wo hole team on injured reserve right now” but doesn’t want it to be an excuse. ”I’ve never had all that guys get hurt on the inside like that,” Brown said. ”You’ve got to know your job … You’ve got to know what you’re supposed to do.” — AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington contributed to this report. — WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts‘ offense needs a jump start.Indy’s defense has largely held the upper hand in practice and in Thursday’s preseason loss the Colts produced only two first downs in their first seven possessions.Yes, it’s early, Andrew Luck remains out with a strained left calf and nobody at training camp is panicking. But the Colts need to find a fix — and quickly.“I think we started off kind of rough in the run game today,” left tackle Anthony Castonzo said after Sunday’s workout in full pads. “I thought we came back, doing the things we’re supposed to do with our hands and feet and we were playing better football at the end.”The Colts understand things must change.In Luck’s absence, Jacoby Brissett has been working with a starting unit that has rarely been at full strength.The coaches kept Castonzo, starting center Ryan Kelly, receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight ends Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron on the sideline Thursday night. They also put Hilton and Castonzo on a lighter training camp schedule in hopes of keeping two of their oldest and most consistent veterans healthy and fresh for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.Kelly, Doyle and Ebron, have all been hurt.Ebron missed the past week with a foot-ankle injury, Doyle has battled an oblique injury since coming back from offseason hip surgery and Kelly finally made it back to practice Sunday after a shoulder injury kept him out since July 31. Getting Kelly back could be just what the Colts need considering the vital role he played in last season’s offensive line turnaround with the first 16-start season of his career.“Ryan is a special player, so having him back in there helps,” Castonzo said. “I will say Josh Andrews got in there and did a good job, but it’s good to have Ryan back.”Indy can’t afford to blame all of the problems on missing pieces — especially with the Cleveland Browns coming to suburban Indianapolis for two joint practices this week.Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni makes no secret about his desire to produce a top-five rushing offense this season behind incumbent starter Marlon Mack. So far, though, not much has gone right.Mack also sat out Thursday when quarterback Chad Kelly led the Colts with 53 y s up a little bit.”Nobody knows when Luck will be back, either.On Friday, coach Frank Reich said the star quarterback would miss three more practices before he’s evaluated on Tuesday when the Colts are off. With joint practices scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, another off day Friday and the game Saturday, it’s unlikely Luck practices this week.The bigger concern might be Luck’s inability to get in sync with newcomers Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell or emerging playmakers Deon Cain and Daurice Fountain, who have impressed coaches with an asssortment of big plays in practice. Luck’s injury forced him to miss all of the Colts’ offseason workouts and cancel the usual West Coast work he does with receivers, too.But the Colts have continued to see good things out of Funchess, Cain and Fountain.“Deon had a huge day,” Reich said after Saturday’s light workout. “I don’t know how many deep balls he caught today but usually in practice if you catch one deep ball, you feel great about it. I think he caught three or four. That’s a massive day for a receiver out on the practice field.”They’re just hoping the rest of the offense gets it going, too.“Our defense is posing problems for us, we have to really work,” Sirianni said. “We want to clean things up but we also understand that the competition is only going to make us better and we’ve got good guys on our side of the ball, too.”NOTES: Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, the Colts former vice chairman, attended practice Sunday. Former defensive end Dwight Freeney attended Saturday’s workout. … The Colts signed cornerback Isaiah Langley and waived tight end Zach Conque.
 
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