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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Preview and Predictions 11-07-2019

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The Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers both are in the mix for a playoff spot in the AFC and each is coming off a much-needed victory to keep them in contention. After snapping a two-game slide with a dramatic victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the Raiders have a quick turnaround when they host the Chargers on Thursday night.

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Playing its first true home game since Week 2, Oakland needed a last-second goal-line stand to hold off Detroit 31-24 and move within a game of the sixth and final playoff slot. "I love this place. It's special," quarterback Derek Carr said of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. "To come home in front of them and get a win, especially the way we did it. It would be nice to win something 40-0 some time. But when you win one like this, it does so many good things for a team." The Chargers appeared ready to slide out of the playoff hunt after three consecutive losses, only to rebound with a 17-16 victory at Chicago before thumping visiting Green Bay 26-11 on Sunday. Los Angeles is a half-game behind the Raiders in the AFC West and has won four in a row in the series, including a pair of double-digits victories by a combined 46-16 last season.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Chargers -1. O/U: 48.5

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (4-5): Los Angeles made a surprising move by firing offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt following the victory in Chicago and there was a noticeable emphasis to revive the running game, which piled up a season-high 159 yards against Green Bay. "We established the run and committed to it. It was giving them enough opportunities," coach Anthony Lynn said in praising the game plan of new coordinator Shane Steichen after Melvin Gordon ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns and Austin Ekeler added 70 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 294 yards on a season-low 28 attempts, including seven to tight end Hunter Henry, who has 25 receptions in four games since returning from injury. The Chargers had three sacks on Sunday and seven against Oakland last year.



ABOUT THE RAIDERS (4-4): Carr registered his third straight passer rating above 116.0 by throwing for 289 yards and a pair of scores, giving him five touchdowns passes and zero interceptions over the past two games. Oakland got another big game from first-round pick Josh Jacobs, who eclipsed 100 yards for the third time in four games and became the first rookie since Cincinnati's Ickey Woods to rush for two touchdowns three times in his first eight contests. Tight end Darren Waller has been Carr's favorite target with 48 receptions and 548 yards -- both team highs -- but rookie wideout Hunter Renfrow has 10 receptions and a pair of scores over the past two games. The Raiders rank seventh against the run (92.5 yards) but are dead last versus the pass (297.5).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Rivers has thrown for 1,217 yards with eight TDs and one interception in the last four versus Oakland.

2. Carr has thrown for at least two TDs and compiled a 100-plus passer in his last four on the road.

3. Chargers DE Joey Bosa has recorded 5.5 sacks over his last three games.

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Last Injuries

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Henry Ruggs III

    Knee
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Ruggs III was absent from the lineup during the last game due with injuries to his left knee and hamstring. It is unlikely that he will participate in Sunday's matchup versus the Bills.

  • Daniel Ross

    Foot
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ross was lifted from the previous game with a foot injury, and it has yet to be established if he will play against the Bills on Sunday.

  • Nick Kwiatkoski

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kwiatkoski has sat out the previous two games with a pectoral injury, it is unknown if he will return against the Bills on Sunday.

  • Sam Young

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Young has missed the past two games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday against the Bills.

  • Damon Arnette

    Thumb
    Early Nov | out

    Arnette is sidelined with a fractured right thumb and is facing a six to eight-week absence.

  • Bryan Edwards

    Ankle
    Out Sun | out

    Edwards departed the last game due to a right ankle sprain, and he will not take the field Sunday against the Bills.

  • Rico Gafford

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Gafford left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday's contest versus the Bills is in question.

  • Trent Brown

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Brown has been held out of the last two games with a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday versus the Bills.

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Mike Williams

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Williams exited the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will play Sunday against the Buccaneers.

  • Nick Vigil

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vigil was held out of the last game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part in Sunday's showdown against the Buccaneers.

  • Donald Parham Jr.

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Parham Jr. has sat out the previous two games due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup versus the Buccaneers on Sunday.

  • Melvin Ingram III

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Ingram III is on the injured reserve list due to a knee injury, and it is unknown when the team will activate him.

  • Justin Jones

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain when the team will activate him.

  • Trai Turner

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Turner was absent from the lineup during the previous game with a groin injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Sunday's clash with the Buccaneers.

  • Justin Jackson

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jackson has missed the past two games due to an injured quad, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Buccaneers.

  • Nasir Adderley

    Face
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Adderley left the previous game with a facial injury, and it is up in the air if he will face the Buccaneers on Sunday.