▪ Opponent: at San Diego
▪ Time: 1:05 p.m.
▪ Line: Chargers by 10
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▪ Records: Raiders 0-9, Chargers 5-4
▪ TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots), 950, 1140
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ROAD TO NOWHERE?
The Raiders, the NFL’s only winless team, are trying to avoid becoming the second to go 0-16 in a season, but they’re 10-point underdogs against the Chargers. “To be honest, if you were to come and just hang out in our locker room or hang out in our meetings, guys are driven to get better,” rookie quarterback Derek Carr said. “When the effort goes down, that’s bad. The energy level is honestly like we’re 9-0. Guys are running around still striving to do what they can to make this thing right.”
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The Raiders led by four late against the Chargers last month in Tony Sparano’s debut as interim coach before Brandon Oliver scored on a 1-yard run with 1:56 left. The Chargers then sealed it with an interception by Jason Verrett, who’s out indefinitely because of a shoulder injury that will require surgery. “I don’t pay much attention to the record any week we play,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. “You watch it on tape, and you know how the game was when you played them four or five weeks ago. I don’t get caught up in the record. There is a lot of respect we have for those guys on the defense.”
RUN, RYAN, RUN
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards last season, sprained his right knee during an upset of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 and has missed the last seven games. He returned to practice during the bye week. “He’s brought fresh legs, energy, in his quiet way,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said.
NO RUSH HOUR
The Chargers’ pass rush has all but disappeared, with only three sacks in the past four games – none in the past two – after dropping the opposing quarterback 12 times in the first five games. “We’ve got to really get our four-man rush going. That’s got to be the key to a lot of success,” defensive coordinator John Pagano said.
Rivers had five consecutive games with a passer rating of 123.8 or better, then came a three-game losing streak and he failed to crack 100 in any of the losses. Last week’s 37-0 loss to the Dolphins was one of his worst games with the Chargers. He was 12 of 23 for 138 yards and no touchdowns, with three interceptions, for a rating of 31.
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▪ Out: TE David Ausberry (foot), S Jonathan Dowling (back), G Gabriel Jackson (knee), CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring)
▪ Questionable: CB T.J. Carrie (ankle), DE Justin Tuck (neck)
▪ Probable: CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), G Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), CB DJ Hayden (groin), RB Jamize Olawale (shoulder), T Menelik Watson (concussion)
▪ Out: CB Jason Verrett (shoulder)
▪ Doubtful: DT Sean Lissemore
▪ Questionable: S Jahleel Addae (concussion)
▪ Probable: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), G Richard Ohrnberger (back), LB Manti Te’o (foot)
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