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Chargers won’t be scoreboard watching in Week 17 with playoff spot on the line

Anthony Lynn

The NFL made headlines this week for its rescheduling of a number of games as a result of the current playoff implications. Among the teams still in postseason contention are the Los Angeles Chargers.

As a result, it is likely Chargers players will be doing their fair share of monitoring throughout their 2017 NFL season finale.

According to Greg Beachem of the Associated Press, head coach Anthony Lynn will be doing his best to make sure his team stays focused in Week 17 versus the Oakland Raiders.

“We need to go out here and get a win,” Lynn said. “All of the playoff scenarios really don’t matter if we don’t take care of our business. … There’s no reason for us to know what the other teams are doing. Our hands are going to be full.”

While keeping players from periodically glancing over to the scoreboards for updates seems like a bit of a lofty goal, Lynn will need to make sure his team stays locked in throughout the game. There are a number of results that will need to factor into their potential AFC Wild Card berth, however, they all are based on the assumption the Chargers can win.

That said, Los Angeles will face a stiff test against a Raiders team looking to end their tumultuous season with a bang. Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether or not Lynn and the coaching staff will be able to keep their eyes off the scoreboard as well.