Road-warrior Chargers' next stop is London

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks up to the stands during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns.Photo: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

London is calling and the Los Angeles Chargers are answering in an upbeat fashion.

The Chargers (4-2) continue their two-game road trip by tangling with the Tennessee Titans (3-3) across the pond. Great Britain is the site where the Chargers' great comeback will continue.

The Chargers are aiming for their fourth straight win as they inch closer to the one-loss Kansas City Chiefs atop the AFC West. They do so by staying in Ohio after beating the Browns last Sunday, then heading off to London.

Sometimes team benefits come away from the field and that is what head coach Anthony Lynn is thinking with this extended trip.

He went into a Cleveland steakhouse the other night and there were numerous Chargers teammates breaking bread and forming a bond.

"I think this can be galvanizing for us, being on the road and away from home for two weeks," Lynn said. "I think it's good to see these guys together. A trip like this can definitely bring a team together."

But Lynn, as well as the players, realize the task at hand. The Chargers are tourists, but this is a working trip.

"There are distractions, so you have to keep the guys focused and their mind on the business," he said.

The Titans seem to be in position for the Chargers to keep their winning ways going. Tennessee is coming of a 21-0 blanking by the Ravens. But it wasn't too far in the past that the Titans were 3-1 under new head coach Mike Vrabel and had their chest puffed out after beating the Super Bowl champion Eagles.

"We know we are in kind of a groove right now and we want to make sure we don't do anything to stop that," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "We know it's going to be a great game against a tough team. We need to focus on the game and not all the stuff going around it.

"This team knows how to play good defense and that has what you have seen. It will definitely be a heck of a challenge. "It's a long way to go but it might be the last time I make his trip over here. We got a chance to get to 5-2 so this is a big game. That other stuff is fun to talk about, playing in London, but we got to make sure we get the win and get to 5-2."

It would be a record that the Chargers would have signed up for this summer, as well as in the fall in England.

"If you would have told us we would have been 5-2 in August, I think we would have all taken it," Rivers said.

SERIES HISTORY: 42nd regular-season meeting. Chargers lead series, 26-14-1. The Chargers, overall, have won nine of their last 10 over the Titans. When the teams played for the AFL title in 1960, the first year of the league when the Titans were the Houston Oilers, the then-Oilers prevailed. For beating the Chargers 24-16, each player of the winning team received an extra $1,016.42. The Chargers would again fall to the Oilers the following year before winning the AFL title in 1963.

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