The interest in the Ravens vs. Chargers is waning, at least in San Diego, and coach Norv Turner could soon be gone after six seasons.
Sunday’s game won’t be televised, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, in southern California because more than 9,000 general tickets remained unsold at Thursday's 1:05 p.m. deadline.
That means this season’s second blackout for the Chargers, who are second in the AFC West but only 4-6. They’ve lost five of their last six games.
The NFL requires all teams to sell out their home games 72 hours before kickoff, or the game isn't broadcast within a 75-mile radius of the stadium and in areas whose television signals reach that 75-mile zone.
The Chargers have been disappointing so far. Quarterback Phillip Rivers has committed 18 turnovers for an offense that has fallen to No. 23 in the NFL.
Turner, who has been in San Diego since 2007, has never had a losing season but patience appears to be wearing thin with the team’s inconsistency and inability to advance deep into the playoffs.
"I’ve been doing this a long time, and if you worry about rumors then you’re going to really struggle," Turner said. "We have an outstanding staff. … We have a system that we go by, and we have a plan every week. If you stick with that, I don’t think you can get caught up in things outside that are being said that really are out of your control."
The Ravens (8-2) lead the AFC North.