Oakland Raiders

Raiders should get boost from return of quarterback Derek Carr

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, right, signs autographs for fans before a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 8 in Oakland. Carr missed that game with a back injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, right, signs autographs for fans before a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 8 in Oakland. Carr missed that game with a back injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Associated Press

Sunday’s Raiders game

Opponent: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 2

Records: Raiders 2-3, Chargers 1-4

TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon), 1140

Three things to watch

START THE CARR

The Raiders should get a big boost this week with the return of star quarterback Derek Carr , who missed last week’s game with a broken bone in his back. Carr has won his past four starts against the Chargers and has 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions in six games against them. “It means a lot,” receiver Amari Cooper said. “He’s our leader. The offense flows through him.”

BEAST MODE

After being held to 56 yards rushing in losses to Washington and Denver, the Raiders got a spark from their running game last week when they ran for 108 yards against Baltimore. Marshawn Lynch and crew will be counted on for another big performance against a Los Angeles defense that ranks last in the league against the run this season, allowing 161.2 yards per game and 5 yards per carry. “When you can’t do that it’s going to cause some trouble for us,” defensive end Joey Bosa said of stopping the run. “They’re going to be able to run play-action and other sorts of things when we can’t stop the run game. It’s definitely an emphasis going into this week and every week.”

TAKE IT AWAY

Even when the Raiders struggled defensively a year ago, they did thrive at taking the ball away. Their 30 takeaways ranked second in the NFL a year ago and were a major reason why they won 12 games. Oakland has just four through five weeks this season, with two coming on special teams. The Raiders also have joined the Chicago Bears as the only teams to have no interceptions in the first five games since the 2002 Buffalo Bills. “We have to take advantage of opportunities,” cornerback David Amerson said. “When the ball comes your way, you have to get to the ball. Rush and coverage go hand in hand. When our rush is getting there, it definitely makes it easier for the secondary to get our hands on balls.”

Associated Press

Injury report

RAIDERS

Out: CB Gareon Conley (shin), CB Antonio Hamilton (knee), LB Marquel Lee (ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (concussion)

Questionable: CB David Amerson (shoulder), LB Cory James (knee), RB DeAndre Washington (hamstring)

CHARGERS

Questionable: T Joe Barksdale (foot), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle), RB Branden Oliver (hamstring), WR Mike Williams (back)

Schedule

Date

Opponent

Outcome

Sept. 10

at Tennessee

W, 26-16

Sept. 17

vs. N.Y. Jets

W, 45-20

Sept. 24

at Washington

L, 27-10

Oct. 1

at Denver

L, 16-10

Oct. 8

vs. Baltimore

L, 30-17

Date

Opponent

Time

Oct. 15

vs. L.A. Chargers

1:25 p.m.

Oct. 19

vs. Kansas City

5:25 p.m.

Oct. 29

at Buffalo

10 a.m.

Nov. 5

at Miami

5:30 p.m.

Nov. 19

vs. New England

1:25 p.m.

Nov. 26

vs. Denver

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 3

vs. N.Y. Giants

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 10

at Kansas City

10 a.m.

Dec. 17

vs. Dallas

5:30 p.m.

Dec. 25

at Philadelphia

5:30 p.m.

Dec. 31

at L.A. Chargers

1:25 p.m.

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