Good morning, Chargers fans!
The Chargers fell to 5-8 on the season with a 24-7 loss to the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. The loss, while it stings all the same, was far from the worst part about Sunday's results.
Quarterback Justin Herbert missed more than half the contest with a finger injury that was later diagnosed as a fracture of his right index finger. That's obviously his throwing hand and while more X-rays are scheduled for today, it's hard not to immediately assume he's done for the year.
Luckily, if that is the case, the fans only have to suffer for four more weeks of mainly meaningless games with the Chargers already all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
The Chargers are three-point dogs this week against the Raiders on the road and are likely 'dogs the rest of the way. Should they lose out, they could be in line for their highest draft pick since they selected Herbert with the sixth-overall pick in 2020.
While it's never fun getting there, that pick could go a long way in setting them up on the right path towards whatever lies beyond this frustrating and underwhelming season.
And now for today’s links.
Five takeaways from Sunday's loss to the Broncos (Chargers.com)
Social media reacts to the Chargers' latest loss (Chargers Wire)
Are the Chargers officially in tank mode? (Bolt Best)
The Chargers will get more answers on Justin Herbert's injury later today (Chargers Report)
The Eagles were routed by the Cowboys 33-13 on Sunday Night Football (ESPN)
Justin Jefferson was injured again during the Vikings' 3-0 win over the Raiders (ESPN)
What we learned from Sunday's slate of NFL games (NFL com)
Overreactions from Sunday's action in the NFL (CBS Sports)
The worst of the worst from Week 14 in the NFL (Touchdown Wire)
Aaron Jones is not expected to play on Monday Night Football (Pro Football Talk)