Skip to main content

News | Washington Commanders -

Redskins Turn Their Attention To The Chargers


For their final trip out west, the Redskins will face the Chargers, a team that started 0-4 but now is in the fight for a spot in the playoffs, in Week 14 matchup.

After an extended week of rest following back-to-back Thursday night games, the Washington Redskins will travel to Los Angeles once again, this time for a matchup with the Chargers.

The game will be televised on CBS with a 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff. 

The Chargers, who started their season with four straight losses, have recently surged into AFC playoff contention thanks in part to the shortcomings of their own division. Kansas City, once unbeaten, have dropped five games in six weeks and are holding on to the top spot in the AFC West by a thin margin.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles quarterback Phillip Rivers, who recently led his team to a win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, has the Chargers offense back on track. Against the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles dropped 54 points, the second most points scored by a team this season. Phillips passed for 252 yards and two touchdowns and running back Melvin Gordan rushed for 80 yards and a score in that game.

Gordan has been the once again been the lead back for the Chargers in 2017, leading all other backs on the team by a long shot. Gordan's production can range from a 13-yard game, his season low, to a 132-yard game, his season high. Despite the inconsistencies in yardage, Gordan has been surehanded with the football and did not fumble once through the first 12 weeks of the season.

Rivers, meanwhile, has no shortage of targets down field. Receiver Keenan Allen leads the team in receptions and is on the cusp of a 1,000-yard season already. Through 12 weeks, Allen ranked third in the NFL in yards, behind Pittsburg's Antonio Brown and Atlanta's Julio Jones.

While Allen has been the top target for Rivers, three second-tier pass catchers offer viable options for the 35-year old quarterback: Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Travis Benjamin. 

The Washington Redskins welcomed the San Diego Chargers to town for the Week 9, 2013 matchup. Highlight images from the game.

On the other side of the ball, defensive end Joey Bosa has steadily worked his way to more than 10 sacks on the year, which ranks in the top five in the NFL right now.

Bosa went six consecutive games with a sack between Weeks 5-11 and leads the team in forced fumbles with three.

In the secondary, the Chargers have safety Tre Boston and cornerback Casey Heyward creating turnovers left and right. Both players have recorded four interceptions through Week 12, and Los Angeles is the only team to have two players rank in the top nine in the league in interceptions.

Another long road-trip for the Redskins will come with the added benefit of an extended week of practice. The Redskins, who will end up traveling 20,754 miles this season, have the 11th highest mile total of NFL teams this year, with three trips totaling 2,000 or more miles.

The Redskins and Chargers will be fairly unfamiliar opponents, with their last matchup being four years ago. Washington won that game 30-24 in overtime and leads the overall series 7-3.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.