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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers may be enjoying a resurgent year in terms of personal performance while helping the Chargers hold a share of first place in the AFC West, but at the age of 35, he’s not letting the success mislead him when it comes to how much longer he’ll be playing.

“I don’t have a number in mind,” Rivers told the PFT PM podcast on Wednesday. “I can tell you right now it ain’t gonna be 45. I have no desire for it to be that long. I hope I help lead my son’s high school team to a state championship by the time I’m 45. I don’t think I’m gonna have a helmet on when I’m 45.”

Rivers has improved his completion percentage, his pass rating, and his average yards per attempt from last season. Through 12 games, he’s thrown for 3,292 yards and 21 touchdowns with a modest seven interceptions.

Rivers has two years left on his current contract with the Chargers at a total base salary of $21 million. With the Chargers yet to draft an apparent replacement for their longtime franchise quarterback, Rivers is keen to remain a part of the team for whatever length of time may be left in his career.

“As we sit today I certainly hope so. I certainly hope to. It’s been an interesting transition with the move up north but I think I speak for my wife and my children, they would all say it’s gone smoother than anticipated thus far. Hopefully it’s a handful more years,” he said.

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The Dallas Cowboys were blown out for the third straight week on Thursday, leaving the entire team searching for answers.

Quarterback Dak Prescott – who had a Thanksgiving to forget with two interceptions, including a pick-6 – didn’t hide his disappointment after the 28-6 defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers.

“We’re all frustrated, and we’re going to be frustrated, and I’d be pissed if somebody in there isn’t,” Prescott said, according to David Helman of DallasCowboys.com.

Over the past three games – all without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott – the Cowboys have been outscored 92-22. Dallas also went 10 quarters without scoring a touchdown, a franchise record.

Still, Prescott maintains he’s optimistic moving forward.

“We’re not going to lose confidence in ourselves,” he said. “Those guys in there – the Pro Bowls that they have and what they’ve done in this league – we’ve got the answers, we’ve just got to get off our own feet and be better.”

Now at 5-6 and 4.5 games behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, the Cowboys will look to get back on track next Thursday against the Washington Redskins.

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An NFL spokesman poured cold water on the rumor that the league is considering moving the Chargers back to San Diego.

“There is no discussion of returning to San Diego from the league or the club,” Joe Lockhart said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Chargers have drawn sparse crowds in their first three games since moving to Los Angeles. Playing at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., the Chargers have placed tarps over unsold sections and taken the field in front of crowds dominated by fans of visiting teams.

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters joked that the Chargers will play “16 away games” this season.

The Chargers are one of four 0-4 teams in the league.

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The turf war between the Chargers and Rams – as the franchises compete for the fans of Los Angeles – may be a battle for second place, at least according to Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis.

As the Raiders faced the Rams last weekend, Davis was asked about the two new L.A. clubs’ fight to be the most popular football team in town, but said local fans have instead chosen a third option on the ballot.

“You know, it’s kind of funny,” Davis told Vincent Bonsignore of Los Angeles Daily News. “They’re talking about the fight for Los Angeles. And Raiders fans have been telling me we already won that fight, And that the Rams and Chargers are fighting for the No. 2 and 3 spots …

“I think we already won the battle.”

The Raiders resided in Los Angeles from 1982-94 and left a lasting impression on the area. Davis said that while “Raider Nation” exists all over the world, the fans in Southern California have always been very supportive and that the club wants to keep a strong relationship with the community.

“A good portion (of the Raiders’ fans) have come from Los Angeles and Southern California,” Davis added. “Without stepping on any toes, we’re going to market ourselves in Los Angeles area. And San Diego. We’re reaching out to Raider Nation in Southern California. It’s strong there.”

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Antonio Gates wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to see LaDainian Tomlinson officially become football royalty.

After several days of uncertainty about whether Gates would be at his former teammate’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday – uncertainty that started after a report suggested the Chargers wouldn’t let Gates and Philip Rivers miss training camp to attend – the veteran tight end ultimately got the green light.

But that’s not to say he was really seeking permission. As Gates told Marty Caswell of Mighty 1090 before the ceremony got underway, he was prepared to make the trip to Canton, Ohio even if the Chargers fined him for a brief training-camp absence.

“Absolutely,” Gates said. “I would’ve paid the fine twice to be here.”

Rivers didn’t join Gates for Saturday night’s induction ceremony, but the quarterback did pass along a congratulatory video message recorded from the end zone where Tomlinson broke the single-season touchdown record in 2006.

The star trio combined to lead a stellar offense in that season and each of the three that followed, posting top-five scoring finishes and capturing AFC West titles in four straight years.

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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is blocking veterans Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates from attending the Aug. 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremony for their former teammate, LaDainian Tomlinson, sources told Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

Lynn is insisting that Rivers and Gates participate in the Chargers’ training camp session instead, adds Marvez, which will be their first at StubHub Center.

Gates is still considering attending the ceremony despite Lynn’s wishes, even if he’s fined, one source told Marvez.

Marvez notes that it’s common for teams to grant exceptions for active players to attend Hall of Fame ceremonies for former teammates, pointing to the Arizona Cardinals allowing Larry Fitzgerald to miss practice for Kurt Warner’s induction this weekend.

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Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have been synonymous with the Chargers for nearly 15 years, but the dynamic duo is still ringless as the end of their careers loom.

Running back Melvin Gordon said Friday on NFL Network that Los Angeles is motivated to help the team’s two eldest statesmen earn a Super Bowl title before they hang up their cleats.

“Father Time is coming with my boy (Antonio) Gates and (Philip Rivers),” Gordon said, according to NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman. “It would mean a lot to get those guys that ring before they step down, especially Gates. I think we might lose him after this year; you never know with Gates. But it would be love to have him walk away with a ring and put that stamp on his career, so that’s definitely what we want.”

The 37-year-old Gates flirted with retirement this offseason, but ultimately opted to return, likely partly due to being one score away from breaking a tie with Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history.

While Rivers, 35, appears to have a larger window in which to capture his elusive first title, it’s possible the move away from San Diego to L.A. will cause him to question how much longer he wants to play.

Gordon will need to continue his ascension if the Chargers are to emerge as contenders. In 2016, the third-year back rebounded from a disappointing rookie season in which he failed to score a touchdown by finding the end zone 12 times and falling three yards short of 1,000 rushing yards due to a late-season injury.

Now, Gordon has his sights on adding some bling to his hand after getting a look at New England Patriots running back James White‘s ring collection.

“Winning season, man. We want a Super Bowl,” Gordon explained. “My boy James White, he has two of those things. I go to his apartment and you open up the little case and they’ve got the light flashing on the ring. All you can think about is I wish that could be me.”