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The New England Patriots' quest to remain relevant in the AFC playoff picture hits the road for a three-game stint beginning Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The contest will be the first of two in Los Angeles for the Patriots (5-6), who will subsequently face the Rams on Thursday Night Football. The trip continues through Miami before New England wraps up its season with two games at home.

The Patriots enter Sunday having won three of four to get within a game of .500 after a 2-5 start. Coach Bill Belichick is looking to avoid his first losing season with the club since he took the job in 2000.


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"Not where we need to be or want to be," said Belichick. "[A fast start] will be important this week. It's important every week."

The Chargers (3-8), meanwhile, have lost four of their last five as they limp to the finish of a rebuilding year.

"The playoff hunt is probably not going to happen at this point, as best we can do," coach Anthony Lynn said. "And I don't think that's going to be good enough. But we play for each other, and we play for the love of the game."

The matchup will be the first between the Patriots and Chargers not to feature either Tom Brady or Philip Rivers at quarterback since 1997. New England has won five straight in the series, including 41-28 in an AFC Divisional Playoff game following the 2018 season.


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The Patriots enter off a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals sealed by a Nick Folk 50-yard field goal as time expired. Cam Newton struggled throwing the ball in the win, connecting on 9 of 18 passes for a season-low 84 yards and two interceptions, but his coaches still have faith that the former NFL MVP is the right person to lead the team.

"The best part about Cam Newton is the only statistic he cares about is the one in the win column," said offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Newton was limited in practice Wednesday with an abdomen injury. Cornerback J.C. Jackson (hip), whose six interceptions are second most in the league, was also limited, while linebacker Anfernee Jennings was absent due to illness.

While New England's offense has struggled through the air, Los Angeles' passing attack ranks second in the league behind only Kansas City. Rookie Justin Herbert has impressed in his debut season, throwing for 316 yards on a career-high 52 attempts in a 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week.


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"It's always been about the team, and going forward we're trying to win each game as they come," Herbert said. "I'm just trying to be 1-0 each week."

Defensive end Joey Bosa had one of the best days of his career against the Bills with personal records of three sacks, five quarterback hits and six tackles for loss. Bosa, however, did not practice Wednesday with a shin injury and was joined by cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. (foot) and Casey Hayward Jr. (groin), linebacker Denzel Perryman (back) and wide receivers Joe Reed (ribs) and Mike Williams (not injury related) as absent.

This game will be extremely close, but we like the value we're getting on the Patriots moneyline.

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New England Patriots

Los Angeles Chargers

Player Position Lineup
David Andrews primary: Center Starter
Ja'Whaun Bentley primary: Linebacker Starter
Byron Cowart primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Jermaine Eluemunor primary: Left Tackle Starter
Stephon Gilmore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Lawrence Guy primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Damien Harris primary: Runningback Starter
N'Keal Harry primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Izzo primary: Tight End Starter
J.C. Jackson primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Shaq Mason primary: Right Guard Starter
Devin McCourty primary: Safety Starter
Jakobi Meyers primary: Runningback Starter
John Simon primary: Right End Starter
Joe Thuney primary: Left Guard Starter
Deatrich Wise Jr. primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Adrian Phillips primary: Safety Starter
Damiere Byrd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kyle Dugger primary: Linebacker Starter
Anfernee Jennings primary: Left End Starter
Mike Onwenu primary: Right Tackle Starter
Cam Newton primary: Quarterback Starter
Jake Bailey primary: Punter Substitution
Justin Bethel primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Adam Butler primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Joe Cardona primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Korey Cunningham primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jakob Johnson primary: Fullback Substitution
Jonathan Jones primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jason McCourty primary: Cornerback Substitution
Sony Michel primary: Runningback Substitution
Gunner Olszewski primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matthew Slater primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jarrett Stidham primary: Quarterback Substitution
James White primary: Runningback Substitution
Joejuan Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chase Winovich primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Terez Hall primary: Linebacker Substitution
Cody Davis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Uche primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dalton Keene primary: Tight End Substitution
Justin Herron primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Rashod Berry primary: Tight End Substitution
Myles Bryant primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Nick Folk primary: Kicker Substitution
James Ferentz primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Donte Moncrief primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Akeem Spence primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Terrence Brooks primary: Defensive Back Not active
Tashawn Bower primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Brian Hoyer primary: Quarterback Not active
J.J. Taylor primary: Runningback Not active
Isaiah Mack primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Jordan Thomas primary: Tight End Not active
Player Position Lineup
Nasir Adderley primary: Safety Starter
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joey Bosa primary: Defensive End Starter
Michael Davis primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Austin Ekeler primary: Runningback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Center Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Justin Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Forrest Lamp primary: Left Guard Starter
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive End Starter
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trai Turner primary: Right Guard Starter
Bryan Bulaga primary: Right Tackle Starter
Chris Harris Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Nick Vigil primary: Linebacker Starter
Linval Joseph primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Storm Norton primary: Left Tackle Starter
Justin Herbert primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenneth Murray Jr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Gabe Nabers primary: Fullback Starter
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyron Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ty Long primary: Kicker Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Trey Pipkins III primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Substitution
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Substitution
Stephen Anderson primary: Tight End Substitution
Tevaughn Campbell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cole Toner primary: Center Substitution
Donald Parham Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Joshua Kelley primary: Runningback Substitution
Alohi Gilman primary: Safety Substitution
KJ Hill Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Asmar Bilal primary: Linebacker Substitution
Cole Christiansen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Breiden Fehoko primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Malik Jefferson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jahleel Addae primary: Safety Substitution
Kalen Ballage primary: Runningback Substitution
Cortez Broughton primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Not active
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Not active
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Did not play
Sam Tevi primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Tyree St. Louis primary: Guard Not active
Joe Reed primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Troymaine Pope primary: Runningback Not active

New England Patriots

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
    • Rusher: Cam Newton
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
    • Rusher: Cam Newton
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Blocked FG Return
    • 44 Yards
    • Blocked FG Returner: Devin McCourty
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Punt Return
    • 70 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
    • Punt Returner: Gunner Olszewski
  • Period 3
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Passer: Cam Newton
    • Pass Receiver: N'Keal Harry
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Period 4
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 38 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
    • Passer: Jarrett Stidham
    • Pass Receiver: Gunner Olszewski
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 32 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • N.Y. Jets W 14 - 28
  • Buffalo L 38 - 9
  • @Miami L 12 - 22
  • @L.A. Rams L 3 - 24
  • @L.A. Chargers W 45 - 0
  • Arizona W 17 - 20
  • @Houston L 20 - 27
  • Baltimore W 17 - 23
  • @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 21 - 24
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Kansas City W 38 - 21
  • Denver W 16 - 19
  • @Las Vegas W 30 - 27
  • Atlanta W 17 - 20
  • New England L 45 - 0
  • @Buffalo L 17 - 27
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Patriots @ Chargers 45-0
  • Chargers @ Patriots 28-41
  • Chargers @ Patriots 13-21
  • Patriots @ Chargers 23-14
  • Chargers @ Patriots 21-35
  • Patriots @ Chargers 23-20
  • Patriots @ Chargers 10-30
  • Chargers @ Patriots 12-21
  • Chargers @ Patriots 14-38
  • Patriots @ Chargers 24-21

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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