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Dec 24, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders nose tackle Denico Autry (96) sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) for a safety during the third quarter at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


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When they set the schedule back in the spring, I bet this Christmas Eve tilt was expected to be a little more interesting. Instead, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders played out a meaningless game. Perhaps the only interesting storyline was that both teams could be off to LA.

San Diego had possession for 35 minutes of the game, which allowed Philip Rivers to do what he has done so often this season which is throw close to 50 times. He completed 31 of his 49 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown. They ran the ball 25 times for 72 yards. The ground game has been a consistent issue for the Chargers. Can Melvin Gordon break out in year two?

Gordon was a major disappointment as a rookie. I’m not going to label him a draft bust, because players deserve at least three years in the NFL before any conclusions can be drawn. But his rookie season was a huge disappointment. Gordon finished the season without a single 100-yard game, and still awaits his first NFL touchdown. He finished 2015 with 641 rushing yards and 192 receiving yards. He was the 15th overall pick.

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