Members of the San Diego Chargers defense wait in the tunnel prior to taking the filed for a game against division rivals the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Bill Reilly
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Chargers can’t find way out of black hole

Penalties, turnovers, missed opportunities — all of those things led to an overall poor team performance, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said after Sunday’s 37-29 loss against division rival the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium.

Sunday’s game was unacceptable, McCoy would say on Monday to media. “We got outplayed and out coached in the first half,” he added. “It’s very difficult…to have success when you start the game the way we did.”

At 2-5, the Chargers will head out on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens (1-6) Sunday.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) catches a pass and runs down field against the San Diego Chargers defense. Photo by Bill ReillyOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throwing one of many passes downfield against a depleted San Diego defense. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) is tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden during Sunday’s divisional game at Qualcomm stadium. Photo by Bill ReillyOakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree attempts to catch a pass between San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) and safety Jahleel Addae (37). Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is frustrated with the officials during Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres punts the ball in the second quarter. Photo by Bill ReillyOakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden (25) is congratulated by the defense after intercepting a pass from Philip Rivers. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) leaves the tunnel and heads onto the field prior to kickoff. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hands the ball off to running back Brandon Oliver (43) in the second quarter. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) walks off the filed in frustration after throwing an interception against the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass downfield during the second quarter of Sunday’s game with division rivals the Oakland Raider. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders fans from Carlsbad mix and mingle while tailgating prior to Sunday’s game. From left: Jeff Clave, Billy Zilinek, Jaimee Clave-Tiffany and Shelby Zilinek. Photo by Bill ReillyOakland Raiders fans dress up and fill the stadium to support their team during Sunday’s AFC West Divisional matchup with the San Diego Chargers. Photo by Bill ReillyOakland Raiders fans fill Qualcomm stadium on Sunday to support their team. Photo by Bill ReillyOakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones (22) eludes members of the San Diego Chargers defense and runs for a first down. Photo by Bill Reilly

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