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Week 15 Preview: Oakland Raiders Head Down To San Diego To Face Chargers

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Oakland Raiders Travel South to Meet the San Diego Chargers

The 10-3  Oakland Raiders travel south to Qualcomm Stadium to meet the 5-8  San Diego Chargers and look to avoid their first pair of back to back losses on what has been a stellar season. Led behind MVP candidate Derek Carr, the Raiders have an opportunity to sweep San Diego in the season series in consecutive seasons for the first time since the beginning of the century, while making another statement within the division following a loss to the Chiefs on Thursday night. The Chargers limp into this game, losers of three of their last four contests, likely without starting running back Melvin Gordon, whose sophomore campaign has surprised and impressed many.

Last week, the Oakland Raiders come seized up in the second half as their six-game winning streak came to an end in ArrowheadDerek Carr and Amari Cooper will need to avoid the sky-cam if they want to come away with a victory that would most likely put the Raiders in the playoffs for the first time in over decade. Though it may be Latavius Murray and Michael Crabtree who will make the biggest impacts. In the two games following a loss, Murray has three touchdowns, while Crabtree has 16 receptions, 198 yards, and a touchdown. Cooper looks to torch the injury-riddled San Diego defense for the second time this season, after putting up 138 yards and a touchdown on six catches in week 5.

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The Raiders defense looks to hold Phillip Rivers in check as they have been known to give up a ton of yards, but are fifth in takeaways this season with 24 and have a net difference of 15 takeaways to giveaways, which is best in the league. Rivers has turned the ball over more than any other quarterback this season including a pair of interceptions during his last matchup with the Oakland Raiders defense. As long as the offense continues not to place the defense in poor situations, Oakland has a good opportunity to hold the Chargers offense from causing harm detrimental to a Raiders victory.

With Melvin Gordon aiming a return to the field in week 16, the Chargers will be looking to Kenneth Farrow. Farrow filled in for Gordon following his injury last week and is only averaging 3.5 yards on the season and will need to step up against an Oakland Raiders defense that only allowed 63 total yards from Spencer Ware last week. The Raiders will also be receiving help from Mario Edwards Jr. who will be making his return to the field this week. The Chargers also designated Brandon Flowers on injured reserve with a concussion, limiting their defensive backfield even further than their previous meeting with the talented wide receiver duo of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and Oakland Raider offense.