Emotions will be high this Sunday when the Los Angeles Chargers come into Allegiant Stadium for Sunday Night Football, both teams can still both make the playoffs but will both be wanting to win to get the highest seed possible to avoid the Chiefs. Following the sad passing of legendary Raiders coach John Madden only adds to the high emotions on the night with his family lighting the Al Davis memorial torch before the game.
The Raiders led by Derek Carr head into this game on the back of a three-game winning streak following an impressive win against the Indianapolis Colts and wins against divisional rivals Denver and also @Cleveland. From this week’s injury report its looks as though they may have one of the top tight ends in the league available for the first time in several weeks which would be a huge boost to the offense. It also looks like Nate Hobbs will be good to go on Sunday after his troubled week.
Las Vegas defensive group led by DC Gus Bradley have really come good this last few weeks since the embarrassing loss to the Chiefs, they will have to take another leap, and the players that set the tone upfront will be the dynamic pass-rushing duo of Max Crosby and the team’s sack leader Yannick Ngakoue. The pass rush isn’t the only group that has made a huge improvement from previous years with the linebacker corps led by the Raiders leading tackler Denzel Perryman and the late-season emergence of Divine Deablo, former Chargers cornerback will come up against a team where he played at for 5 years.
On offense, the Raiders will need Derek Carr to lead the team around the field and make the clutch plays that we’ve become accustomed to over the last few years, look no further than last week for these kinds of plays when DC led to team ti his 29th game-winning drive. The strike play of the drive was when to pocket collapsed and he waited for the all-pro linebacker Darius Leonard to charge after him before stepping one side and delivering a dime to Hunter Renfrow to set up a Daniel Carlson winning field goal.
The visitors come into this game after a tough loss against the frisky Houston Texans which is somewhat symptomatic of the team over the last few years. The Chargers undoubtedly have the talent to win the whole thing with the likes of superstar QB Justin Herbert slinging the rock breaking all kinds of rookie records last year and he hasn’t slowed down this year. LA’s receiving core is led by veteran wideout Keenan Allen who on his day can be unplayable, he’s once again gone over 1000 yards this year and has 6 TD’s to go along with that.
Joey Bosa will be expecting to get a rough time from the raucous Black Hole this Sunday after his comments about Derek Carr and the Raiders after they won the last time they met. Bosa has the game to back up the talk with the pass rusher amassing 15 sacks this year and will be looking to add to that.
See below for the head-to-head stats between the teams’ leaders.