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Chargers hope to build on first win

Yep, a win can cover up everything and how about those streaking Los Angeles Chargers? That they are headed in the opposite direction of the Oakland Raiders is a head-scratcher as the teams square off on Sunday.

OK, the Chargers have but one victory and it came at the hands of the winless New York Giants on Sunday. That's hardly a signature triumph any team likes to pound its chest about.

The Raiders have lost three straight, as they tried to navigate a schedule minus quarterback Derek Carr. It's believed Carr, who is rebounding from a back fracture, will return to face the visitors from Los Angeles.

The Chargers have returned to the win column to snap a nine-game streak dating to last year. But, despite the claim that winning makes everything better, the Chargers still show plenty of red flags.

"It was a game where at time we didn't really play all that well again and quickly once the dust settles you are still 1-4 and you have a heck of a hill to climb," quarterback Philip Rivers said on Wednesday. "But I think we are still very hungry and the focus is Oakland - no one is going to relax."

Despite head coach Anthony Lynn's pedigree as a running back and a running backs coach, the Chargers can't run.

Despite a switch to a 4-3 alignment and a new coordinator in Gus Bradley, they can't stop the run either.

Plus, Rivers has an 86 rating, a far cry from his 94.5 showing over 14 seasons.

"I need to complete more passes," Rivers said.

So, while the Chargers are feeling better about themselves, they realize there's plenty of work to be done. And maybe the Chargers can continue to climb off the mat in Oakland, where the Raiders were to be perched atop the AFC West. Instead, the Raiders are clawing their way to .500 as they remain among the NFL's most disappointing teams.

But the Chargers care little about all that. They hope to make it two in a row as they escape their baffling "home" field at the StubHub Center for the second straight week.

"We're finding our way," Lynn said. "I don't know what they are doing, but I know they have a talented roster and they present matchup issues."

The present week shows the Chargers as winners. But can they pull off their second straight road win?

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