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2018 Schedule
12-4, 1st in AFC West
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6dEric Williams

GM Telesco reiterates Rivers a Charger for life

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has said he wants to play at least a few more seasons and that's fine by general manager Tom Telesco, who said Thursday that the team wants to begin conversations on a new contract with Rivers.

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10dEric Williams

Chargers TE Gates, 38, not ready to retire

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates doesn't think he's ready to retire after completing a one-year deal and his 16th season with the team.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Stephon Gilmore was the nearest defender on Keenan Allen's 43-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Since then, Philip Rivers is 0-4 with an interception on passes when Gilmore is the nearest defender to the target, per NFL Next Gen Stats.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

2-Man technique with Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore on the interception. With a deep half safety over the top, Gilmore can sit low in man-coverage and undercut any outside breaking route.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots offense attacked the Chargers zone coverages in the first half, and physically controlled the line of scrimmage in the run game. With the Chargers using their dime package on defense, the Patriots are running the ball out of 21 personnel (2RB-1TE-2WR).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Communication bust from the Chargers secondary on the Tom Brady TD throw to Phillip Dorsett. Stack set there (two wide receivers close together). That forces the DBs to talk pre-snap in man-coverage.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots used play-action on that scoring drive with Rob Gronkowski showing the "Wham" scheme (trap). That influenced the second-level defenders and opened up a throwing window for Tom Brady vs. zone coverage.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

There were 4.5 yards of separation between Keenan Allen and Stephon Gilmore on the Allen touchdown at time of catch, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Gilmore averaged just 2.1 yards of separation between him and the receiving target when he was the nearest defender this season, the fourth-lowest average among all players who were the nearest defender on at least 50 targets.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Double-move by Keenan Allen on the deep ball throw from Philip Rivers to get the TD. Allen used a quick, inside stick move to beat the coverage. Caught the CB looking back inside.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Clinic drive from the Patriots to get the opening score. Versatility in the run game and underneath throws from QB Tom Brady. Control tempo.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Philip Rivers practiced wearing a glove on his throwing hand this week. Rivers said he usually wears the glove in games where the temperature is 35 degrees or lower, but he'll will wait until game time to determine if he needs a glove for Sunday.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers owner Dean Spanos arrives at Gillette Stadium in anticipation of Sunday's matchup between the Bolts and the Patriots.

Can Anthony Lynn's success as a head coach lead to more opportunities for black coaches in the NFL? (2:06)

Team Stats

Passing Yards255.610th
Rushing Yards117.115th
Points For26.8Tied-6th
Points Against20.6