COSTA MESA, Calif. – This is not how you win over Los Angeles.
While certainly there has been criticism leveled at the organization for how they have went about their business off the field, the Los Angeles Chargers have not exactly helped themselves either on the field in carving out a niche in the market either.
The Chargers are 0-3 so far this season, with two of those losses coming at home in the StubHub Center.
But here are some cringe-worthy numbers on the Chargers provided by the great folks at ESPN Stats & Information:
• Over the last 40 games the Chargers are 11-29 (.275 win percentage), which is fourth-worst in the NFL. It’s better than only the Bears (.250), 49ers (.200) and Browns (.100).
• The Chargers have blown 13 fourth-quarter leads in their last 40 games, three more than the-next worst team (Jaguars (10). The Chargers (9-13, .409) and Browns (4-7, .364) are the only teams with sub-.500 records when holding a fourth-quarter lead in that time frame.
• Philip Rivers has thrown 47 interceptions in the Chargers last 40 games, nine more than any other quarterback (Blake Bortles, 38).
• As a team the Chargers have committed 74 turnovers in their last 40 games, tied with the Browns for the most in that time.
• In their last 40 games the Chargers are averaging 86.6 rush yards and 3.62 yards per rush, both worst in the NFL.
Since the start of the 2015 season, the Chargers are 1-13 in the AFC West -- tied with the Browns for worst division record in the NFL. And they are 1-10 in games decided by seven points or fewer over the last two seasons, the worst winning percentage for any team in such games.
“We have to click,” running back Melvin Gordon said when asked about his team’s struggles after the latest setback, to the Kansas City Chiefs. “We have to click offensively, defensively and on special teams. I feel like in this point in time it's either the defense is on and the offense is off, the offense is on and the defense is off, or the offense and defense is on but the special teams is off. All three phases are just not on the same page and we have to find a way to figure that out.”
The Chargers get a chance to stop the losing streak and get Anthony Lynn his first win as a head coach when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town, the last of three-game home stand at the StubHub Center.
The Chargers are one-point favorites and are 7-4 all-time against the Eagles. The Chargers have not lost at home to Philadelphia since 1974.
“We did not envision being 0-3,” Lynn said. “But this is where we are. Peaks and valleys in life, we talked about that.
“It’s how we respond when we’re in this situation, and I believe I know how we’re going to respond. It would be a shame to play those three games that we had a chance to win and not learn or take anything from it. And if we continue to improve, and work the way we’re working, it’s going to turn. I really believe that. It’s going to turn.”