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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview and Predictions 12-22-2019


The Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers have nothing to play for entering Sunday's clash in Carson, Calif. The two longtime AFC West combatants are experiencing disappointing seasons and the Raiders have lost their past four games while the Chargers have dropped four of their past five.

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The contest is also the final one at Dignity Health Sports Park for the Chargers before they move into SoFi Stadium for the 2020 season, and Oakland coach Jon Gruden said he will miss the diminutive venue that was originally built for soccer. "I do like playing the Chargers down there in that stadium," Gruden told reporters. "I think it's really cool. They've done a great job in the temporary time that they have to be there, and I'm sure they're very excited about their future as well." The Raiders are allowing an average of 34 points during their slide, while Los Angeles has been hurt by interception issues (11 in the past five games) from Philip Rivers. The veteran quarterback went over the 4,000-yard mark for the 11th time during last week's 39-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings but was also picked off three times and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chargers -7 O/U: 45

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (6-8): Quarterback Derek Carr has completed a career-high 70 percent of his passes for 3,372 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions but hasn't recorded a 300-yard outing this season. Rookie running back Josh Jacobs (1,150 rushing yards, seven touchdowns) will sit out the game with a shoulder injury and that leaves DeAndre Washington (225 yards) and Jalen Richard (114) to handle the ball-carrying duties. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead is two tackles away from reaching 100 for the second time for the Raiders and fourth in his career while safety Erik Harris has three of the team's nine interceptions.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (5-9): Receiver Keenan Allen (1,046 yards, five touchdowns) was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl with his third straight 90-catch season and is 13 away from surpassing the career-best 102 he caught in 2017. "He's been a great player for us," Rivers told reporters. "Hopefully we get him over 100 catches again in the next two weeks. I think his daily commitment to his craft and his position, and you see him block in the run game, and he's an all-around receiver." Veteran linebacker Thomas Davis leads the club with 107 tackles for his seventh season with more than 100 - the other six coming for the Carolina Panthers.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Raiders recorded a 26-24 victory over the Chargers on Nov. 7 to halt a four-game skid in the series.

2. Los Angeles RB Melvin Gordon posted his lone 100-yard outing of the season when he gained 108 in the loss at Oakland.

3. Oakland RT Trent Brown - named to his first Pro Bowl earlier this week - was placed on injured reserve Thursday because of a pectoral injury.

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Donald Parham Jr.

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Parham Jr. sat out the previous game due to an illness, but he is likely to participate in Sunday's contest versus the Panthers.

  • Tyrod Taylor

    Lung
    Out indefinitely | out

    Taylor is sidelined due to complications stemming from an injection in his ribs resulting in a punctured lung. It is unclear how long he will be debilitated.

  • Rayshawn Jenkins

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jenkins left the previous game due to a groin injury, and his status for Sunday's matchup versus the Panthers is in question.

  • Justin Jones

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones was removed from the last game due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Desmond King II

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    King II is nursing a back injury, but it is anticipated that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Panthers.

  • Nick Vigil

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vigil is battling a groin injury, and it is up in the air if he will take part in Sunday's tilt against the Panthers.

  • Bryan Bulaga

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bulaga exited the last game with a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active Sunday versus the Panthers.

  • Melvin Ingram III

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Ingram III departed the last game due to a knee injury, but he is expected to be available against the Panthers on Sunday.

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Sam Young

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Young missed the last game due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday against the Patriots.

  • Henry Ruggs III

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ruggs III is hobbled by a left knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will participate in Sunday's game versus the Patriots.

  • Nick Kwiatkoski

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kwiatkoski sat out the previous game with a pectoral injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Sunday versus the Patriots.

  • Hunter Renfrow

    Head
    Prob Sun | probable

    Renfrow exited the previous game with a head injury, but he is expected to face the Patriots on Sunday.

  • Darren Waller

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Waller is likely to take the field against the Patriots on Sunday despite a knee injury.

  • Carl Nassib

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Nassib is ailing from an illness, but the symptoms are projected to subside in time for Sunday's tilt with the Patriots.

  • Trent Brown

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Brown was held out of the last game with a calf injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up against the Patriots on Sunday.

  • Richie Incognito

    Achilles
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Incognito has been sent to the injured reserve list with an Achilles injury, and it is unknown when he will be activated.