Oakland Raiders Look To Sweep Series Against San Diego Chargers.
Terrell White – Dec 17, 2016
Holla At Me Raider Nation!
With the playoffs looming, it's time for our beloved Oakland Raiders to get back to the business of winning games.
Raiders On O.
First and foremost, lets hope that we can finally get to see Raider quarterback D. Carr back to taking snaps from under center. I don't know about anyone else, but after that ugly loss to Kanas City, I'm about done with this operating the offense exclusively out of the shot gun formation business. Never the less, we should expect to see the Raiders throwing the football. The Charger secondary being beat up, almost makes me forget about our own. Defensive back Casey Howard may lead the league with 7 interceptions, but after that things get dicey. both Charger defensive backs Brandon Flowers, and Jason Verrett will be out of action. Moreover, forced into starting action Craig Mager will not be playing at 100%.
With it getting late in the season I would love to see the Raiders concentrate on establishing their running game. However, the Charger secondary being depleted might just be too much to resist this week; If that should be the case, the Raider offensive line will need to keep an eye on Charger defensive end Joey Bosa, who had 2 sacks in the teams first meeting.
Raiders On D.
Controlling the San Diego Charger offense means containing quarterback Phillip Rivers. Rivers may have thrown 3 interceptions in the Chargers loss to the Panthers last week. However, in his last contest against Oakland he completed 21 out of his 30 passes; Threw for 359 yards, as well as 4 touchdowns. Furthermore, both Charger wide receivers Tyrel Williams, and Travis Benjamin had over 100 yards in receptions. Moreover, with both Charger running backs Melvin Gordon (injured last week) and Danny Woodhead (in and out of the line up most of the season) not expected to be a factor look for the Chargers to lean heavily on the arm of their quarterback. With them being left with only undrafted rookie running back Kenneth Farrow 36 carries for 125 yards in 11 games, what choice do they have?
With San Diego in pass mode, look for Raider defensive end K. Mack to be in beast mode. Over the past 10 games the Raider defensive star has amassed 11 sacks, and scored a touchdown. Moreover, his counterpart outside line backer Bruce Irving has been an excellent complement.
The teams loss in Kanas City as we all know, was a costly one. However, with a win on Sunday against San Diego the Raiders can / and will secure their first playoff spot in 14 years. That alone should be enough motivation for the Raiders to Just Win Baby!!!
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