OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Flynn #15 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Washington Redskins at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Most players will agree that the key to winning a game is not turning the ball over.
That sentiment is being echoed through Chargers Park this week.
"Number one, we can’t turn the ball over the way we did," said head coach Mike McCoy after practice Thursday. "That’s the number one thing that came out of that game."
"That game" is the one the Chargers played in Oakland on Oct. 6, a 27-17 loss to the Raiders that included five painful turnovers.
"It was a bad day," McCoy said.
The Chargers have a low turnover rate as a whole -- nine interceptions and eight fumbles -- and are looking forward to playing a different game when they face the Raiders at Qualcomm Sunday.
"We are going to have to play a heck of a lot better to win than we did the first time," said quarterback Philip Rivers.
San Diego is already on the road to that, coming off two big wins against the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. Though they do not control their destiny (it's in the hands of the Ravens and Dolphins, two wildcard contenders), the only thing they do control is winning out in their final two games.
"Whether we are eliminated, whether we still have a chance, whatever the circumstances are when we take the field these last two weeks, I think our mindset is going to be let’s find a way to get to 3-2 in the division and hopefully find a way to get to 4-2 in the division, which is better than we have been the past few years," Rivers said. "We want to finish winning four in a row and five of the last six."