The Los Angeles Chargers prepare to face the Miami Dolphins, a team that has been in L.A. more than the home team this week.
The Chargers are seeking their first win after dropping their opener at the Denver Broncos on Monday night. While the Chargers were losing yet another AFC West game, the Dolphins already had their feet up in southern California after heading west early.
Miami sought refuge from ravages of Hurricane Irma. The Dolphins’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed Sunday, so it will be an eager club at the ready for the Chargers in their first home opener in L.A. since 1960.
The Chargers, on a short week after playing the back end of a Monday Night Football doubleheader, don’t have time to lick their mile-high wounds after absorbing a heartbreaking 27-24 loss.
“Well, you know, it hurts, but we do not have the 24-hour rule anymore because we (had) to go back to work here on Wednesday,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “The Dolphins are in town waiting for us and they don’t care about this game or how we feel.”
The Chargers possess a familiar feeling, one that haunted them through a five-win season last year. No matter where they call home — the Chargers were in San Diego for 56 years — the team still can’t win close games.
Not the first one, anyway, as Younghoe Koo’s game-tying, 44-yard field goal was blocked as time ran out on L.A. in Denver.
Among Lynn’s first tasks is to make sure the loss to the Broncos doesn’t leak into the team’s buildup in facing the Dolphins. Miami will not only be fresh, but it will offer a balanced offensive attack led by new quarterback Jay…
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