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10 Insights Entering Week 5 vs. Oakland  

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, center, runs for a touchdown after recovering a loose ball from running back Melvin Gordon, below, left, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Below are 10 quick-hitting insights entering the Chargers' Week 5 matchup against the Raiders:

1) Quarterback Philip Rivers is 16-8 all-time against the Raiders with 6,055 passing yards and 41 touchdowns to just 18 interceptions. He has more wins against Oakland than any other NFL team.

2) Rivers has started 196 NFL games and Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden has coached 180, but they've only met across the sidelines once: a 41-24 Chargers win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. Rivers threw four touchdowns – two to tight end Antonio Gates.

3) Taking it a step further, Gruden's last game against the Chargers as head coach of the Raiders was Dec. 15, 2001. The Chargers lost 13-6 in large part to a 40-yard touchdown reception by Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. Defensive end Marcellus Wiley sacked Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon twice.

4) Through the first four games, running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are on a historic pace. They've already combined for 846 total yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns. Entering Week 5, the Raiders ranked 30th in rushing defense.

5) Dating back to last season, Gordon has scored a touchdown and/or totaled over 100 scrimmage yards in nine straight games.

6) Rivers has been sacked just five times, which is tied for the league-low among quarterbacks who have started all of their team's games in 2018. Oakland is tied for 19th in sacks (8) entering Sunday's matchup.

7) After losing four straight to Oakland, the Chargers swept the season series in 2017. Los Angeles beat the Raiders 30-10 at StubHub Center in Week 17 behind 495 yards of total offense and two forced turnovers.

8) The Raiders will start two rookie offensive tackles on Sunday: Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker. Miller, a standout at UCLA, was selected two spots ahead of Chargers safety Derwin James in the 2018 NFL Draft (No. 15 overall). Parker was a third-round selection out of North Carolina A&T.

9) One of the more intriguing matchups Sunday will be James vs. Raiders' tight end Jared Cook. Cook leads the NFL in receiving yards among tight ends (370) and has been targeted by quarterback Derek Carr a team-high 35 times. Last week, he caught eight passes on 13 targets for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

10) After Sunday, the Chargers are away from Los Angeles until November 18. Starting in Week 6, the schedule is as follows: at Cleveland, vs. Tennessee (London), bye week, at Seattle, at Oakland. The team returns to ROKiT Field at StubHub Center in Week 11 to face the Denver Broncos.

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