Arizona and the Los Angeles Chargers will both try to erase the memories of bitter, last-second losses at the hands of the Raiders and Broncos respectively.
Oakland gave the Cardinals a bigger fight than they expected and took advantage of mistakes to take the victory in what Arizona players know was a winnable game.
Larry Fitzgerald’s first multiple touchdown game of the season was wasted. It was a despondent locker room afterward, as opposed to the Chargers’, which was almost combative.
Chargers’ wide receiver, Keenan Allen, told reporters the Broncos not only didn’t play well, but he also ended his statement with two harsh words. “They suck,” he said bluntly.
Allen said the Chargers dominated the game, but gave away too many points with a pick-six. Another miscue by Philip Rivers left the Broncos with enough time to drive to their game-winning field goal.
Indeed, Rivers threw for over 400 yards. Heading into the fourth quarter, Case Keenum only had 59 passing yards. At one point, the Chargers had 22 first downs to just 9 for the Broncos.
But Denver finished the game strong and took advantage of the Chargers’ errors. Now we have two teams looking to bounce back in Week 12.
Injuries and notes:
Arizona safeties Rudy Ford and Budda Baker are both listed as questionable to play Sunday, along with defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and linebacker Deone Buchanan.
Kicker Phil Dawson (hip) and wide receiver Chad Williams (ankle) are also questionable for the Cardinals.
Cornerback Trevor Williams (knee) and defensive lineman Chris Landrum (hip) are questionable for the Chargers. Fellow lineman Corey Liuget is done for the season after tearing a quad against the Broncos.
Joey Bosa is no longer listed on the injury report, although Coach Anthony Lynn says his foot is “a little sore” after his season debut.
Anthony Lynn has his team in control of their playoff destiny, but he knows they wasted an opportunity to solidify their position by making unforced errors in Week 11. It is the type of thing that knocks playoff teams out early. His 16-6 record since Week 5 of last season offers security, but it doesn’t save him from the criticism or scrutiny of mistake-filled games like this.
Steve Wilks’ team came out of their bye with a solid effort against the mighty Chiefs that had fans expecting an easy victory against the Raiders. Losing a winnable game can set a team back mentally as much as anything else. To face an angry Chargers team the next week is asking a lot. It will be a testament to Wilks’ unorthodox approach if the Cardinals give the Chargers a battle.
How to watch the Chargers-Cardinals game
Fox Sports will broadcast this late-slot game to affiliates in scattered markets across the country. For many of us, that means we’ll watch the live stream feed on Fubo TV.
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Who will win the Chargers-Cardinals game?
It’s very possible that the Cardinals will come out fighting and give the Chargers a run for their money. But rookies in key positions won’t be able to match the angry and talented team from Los Angeles.