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Scouting Report: Chargers vs. Raiders
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The San Diego Chargers travel north for their first division game of the year when they visit the Oakland Raiders. The game has been moved to 8:35pm to accommodate the transformation of O.Co Coliseum from a baseball field after the Oakland A’s playoff game to a football field.
A Look Back At Last Week
The Bolts earned their first home win of the season and evened their record at 2-2 with a big 30-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. With three touchdown passes, Philip Rivers now has thrown for 200 over his career. Two of those passes went to Danny Woodhead, which marked a career-high for the running back, and one to Antonio Gates, who with 10 catches passed Ozzie Newsome for fourth all-time for a tight end. Defensively, the team pitched a shutout in the second-half, highlighted by a game-clinching forced fumble at the goal-line by Crezdon Butler.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
Philip Rivers has been lights out to start the season. Through four games this season, Rivers is the NFL’s second-leading passer with a rating
On Offense for the Raiders
Terrelle Pryor started the first three games of the season before missing last week’s match against the Washington Redskins due to a concussion. Matt Flynn started the game, and it’s unclear at the moment which signal caller will be under center Sunday night. Pryor has been the Raiders’ main offensive weapon this season as he’s completed 65.4%of his passes for 624 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed 26 times for 198 yards. Former first-round draft pick Darren McFadden, who left last week’s game with a hamstring injury, is the Raiders’ primary ball carrier with 53 carries for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Danarius Moore is Oakland’s leading receiver with 15 catches for 233 yards and a pair of TDs.
On Defense for the Chargers
San Diego’s defense will go into Sunday’s game in Oakland with a shot of confidence after holding Dallas to 317 total yards and just 3-of-9 on third downs. Eric Weddle leads the team with 31 tackles, including 24 solo stops. Jarret Johnson has a team-high two sacks out of the Bolts nine quarterback takedowns. Manti Te’o made his NFL debut last week finishing with three tackles .
On Defense for the Raiders
The Raiders’ defense has limited opponents to less than 350 yards per game and has three takeaways (all fumble recoveries). Jason Hunter and Lamarr Houston lead the Raider defense with two sacks apiece while former Charger Kevin Burnett and Charles Woodson pace the club with 20 tackles each.
The Chargers are 47-58-2 all-time against Oakland and have won three straight and 16 of the last 19 against their rivals from Northern California.
By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers rank eighth in total offense (396.2 yards per game), sixth in passing (291.2 ypg), 18th in rushing (105.0 ypg) and seventh in points (27.0). The Raiders rank 20th in total offense (338.0 ypg), 26th in passing (200.5 ypg), sixth in rushing (137.5 ypg) and 24th in points (17.8)
Defensively, the Bolts rank 30th in total defense (432.2 ypg), 29th in passing (311.8 ypg), 25th in rushing (120.5 ypg) and 22nd in points allowed (25.5). Oakland ranks 17th in total defense (349.2 ypg), 14th in passing (237.5 ypg), 21st in rushing (111.8 ypg) and 16th in points allowed (22.8).
Milestones on the Horizon
Philip Rivers comes into Sunday’s game in Oakland just one touchdown pass behind John Hadl (201) for the second-most in team history. Rivers has started 116 consecutive games, the NFL’s second-longest streak among active quarterbacks behind Eli Manning’s 131. He currently ranks fourth in the NFL in average yards per pass, but he’s led the NFL in that category three times in his career (2008-10). If he can do so again in 2013, he’ll join Sid Luckman (seven times) and Steve Young (five) as the only players to lead the NFL in that category in at least four different years.
Antonio Gates’ 136-yard effort on Sunday against Dallas marked the 21st 100-yard game of his career. He needs just one more to tie Wes Chandler for the fifth-most 100-yard receiving games in team history by any player and five more to tie Kellen Winslow’s mark (26) for the most 100-yard games in team history by a tight end.
Ryan Mathews (2,702 career rushing yards) rushed for 62 yards last Sunday against Dallas and moved past Keith Lincoln (2,698) into seventh on the team’s all-time rushing yardage list. With another 156 yards on the ground, Mathews will catch Don Woods (2,858) for sixth place.
Le’Ron McClain will play in his 100th career game on Sunday.
Nick Novak hit the 51st, 52nd and 53rd field goals of his Chargers career last Sunday to break a tie with George Blair for fifth in team history. Novak needs 18 more to move into a tie for fourth place with Dennis Partee (71).
Mike Scifres will play in his 150th-consecutive game on Sunday.
Vincent Brown caught his first-career touchdown pass against Oakland (30 yards) on Nov. 10, 2011.
Eddie Royal had the longest punt return of his career, an 85-yard touchdown for Denver against the Raiders on Nov. 6, 2011. Royal also made his NFL debut against Oakland on Sept. 8, 2008 and tallied 146 yards and a touchdown in the game.
Head Coach Mike McCoy was born in San Francisco and grew up in Novato, Calif.
McCoy and Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen landed their respective jobs after serving as assistant coaches together in Denver with McCoy as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator and Allen as their defensive coordinator.
Special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer was a Raiders assistant coach from 1995-97, serving as special teams coach, assistant linebackers coach and defensive assistant.
Defensive line coach Don Johnson coached the Raiders’ defensive tackles from 2007-08.
Tight ends coach Jason Michael was a quality control coach in Oakland in 2005.
Chargers tackle Mike Harris was born in Oakland.
Raiders linebacker Nick Roach started his career in San Diego in 2007 and spent the first half of the season on the team’s practice squad.
Fellow linebacker Kevin Burnett played for the Bolts from 2009-10.
NFL Network (Simulcast on KFMB, Channel 8 in San Diego) – Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst)
Westwood One Radio – Tom McCarthy (play-by-play), Rod Woodson (analyst)
Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (analyst)
Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)
All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage after the game ends.
For a unique, one-of-a-kind look at the Chargers, be sure to tune in each week to Chargers Insider on Fox Sports San Diego. The half-hour program will be the go-to destination for fans that want behind-the-scenes coverage and unique features on the team. Chargers Insider airs each week throughout the season on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. PT as well as Saturday’s at 11:35pm on KFMB, Channel 8.