A look at the matchup between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers

A look at the matchup between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers

The Oakland Raiders return home after last week's thrilling win against the Baltimore Ravens to take on the San Diego Chargers at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. 

Head coach Jack Del Rio and the Raiders hope to earn their first home win, after falling to the Atlanta Falcons in their first-and-only home game last month. 

The Chargers have just one win on the season (1-3) though could easily have won all four games. Head coach Mike McCoy and the Chargers enter week 5 after suffering back-to-back losses by four points or less, while allowing the game-winning score on the opponent's final drive in both games.

The offense is led by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, who is now in his 13th year with the team. Rivers is once again without his star wide receiver Keenan Allen who suffered a season-ending injury. Instead, newly signed Travis Benjamin has stepped up to lead the team with 277 yards. 

Whether it's Antonio Gates or replacement Hunter Henry, the Raiders also have to keep an eye on the Chargers tight end who has a knack to beat them. Gates is likely to miss another game, but Henry has nine receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown in two starts since Gates suffered his injury. 

Second-year running back Melvin Gordon is off to a fast start in 2016 after struggling to find much running room last season. Gordon has been a threat in the red zone, already accounting for an NFL-best six rushing touchdowns. The Raiders defense has improved against the run in recent weeks, but Cory James and the Raiders linebackers will have to stay in their gaps and use good tackling technique to bring down Gordon when they can. 

The Chargers defense likes to get off to a quick start against opposing quarterbacks, posting the 10th-best opponent QBR (57.4) through the first quarter of the season. The Raiders offensive line has been stellar thus far, but they'll have to keep an eye on outside linebacker Melvin Ingram who leads the Chargers with three sacks. 

Things will be easier for Derek Carr as the Chargers have suffered another major injury in the secondary. 2015 Pro Bowler cornerback Jason Verrett suffered a torn ACL last week and will miss the rest of the season. Even with Verrett, the Chargers secondary has struggled against opposing passing attacks, allowing 371.5 passing yards per game (21st in the NFL). Newcomer cornerback Casey Hayward does lead the Chargers with three interceptions and is tied for second in the NFL. 

The Raiders offense may be without starting running back Latavius Murray, meaning offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and the offense could be turning to rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Washington and Richard have both showed their explosiveness out of the backfield, along with their ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Don't be surprised if you see some runs by fullback Jamize Olawale as well.

San Diego's rushing defense ranks 8th best in the NFL, allowing just 82.0 rushing yards per game. The middle of the Chargers defense is led by linebacker Denzel Perryman, who has filled in for Manti Te'o who is also on the IR. Perryman leads the team with 21 tackles. 

The Raiders are looking to become 4-1 for the first time since 2002, the year they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Del Rio and his squad will stay at home to take on the Kansas City Chiefs next week.

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