TV: CBS, Dick Enberg, Randy Cross
2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (22nd rush, 32nd pass); defense 8th (27th rush, 2nd pass). Chargers: offense 4th (2nd rush, 10th pass); defense 10th (7th rush, 14th pass)
PREDICTION: Chargers 27-13
KEYS TO THE GAME:
The uphill climb is a steep one for the Raiders, whose offense has scored 14 fewer touchdowns than Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has managed by himself (22). Quarterback Aaron Brooks provided a bit of a spark last weekend, but the Chargers sacked him seven times (and Andrew Walter twice more) in the season opener. Now Brooks is playing behind an injury-ravaged offensive line and without injured RB LaMont Jordan. Backup Justin Fargas must be productive on first and second down for Brooks to have a fighting chance.
Defensively, the Raiders have the ability to keep the game respectable into the second half and Tomlinson has been held under 100 yards in four of the past five meetings.
Quarterback Philip Rivers has proven he can make teams pay when they over-play the run, but he has to be careful against an underrated Raiders defense that has 13 interceptions.
FAST FACTS: Raiders: Have held past six opponents under 20 points. Allowing 157.1 passing yards per game, which would be franchise's best mark since 1977 (157.8). Chargers: Tomlinson needs seven touchdowns to break Seattle RB Shaun Alexander's single-season record of 28 set last season. First team in NFL history to come back from at least 17 points down to win in consecutive games.
--WR Randy Moss has 11 receptions for 121 yards and no touchdowns in three games against the Chargers as a Raider.
--RS Chris Carr has not had a punt return longer than 11 yards in the past four games.
--DE Lance Johnstone, with two sacks in 10 games, has not had been under seven sacks in a season since 2001 -- his first year with Minnesota after five seasons as a Raider. He returned to Oakland this year.
--RB Justin Fargas has averaged 2.4 yards per carry on 72 attempts over his past five games.
--DE Tyler Brayton has played in 20 consecutive games without recording a sack, getting his last one on Oct. 30, 2005, against Tennessee.
--FS Marlon McCree (calf) looks likely to play Sunday. He didn't practice Thursday but will Friday.
--RB LaDainian Tomlinson could break yet another record -- his own -- with two touchdowns Sunday. That would give him 16 over the past five games, supplanting the mark he set two games ago.
--S Bhawoh Jue (knee) was back working Thursday and will play Sunday.
--WR Keenan McCardell is nursing a sore calf but is expected to go Sunday, although he could be compromised.
--LB Shaun Phillips (calf) didn't work Thursday but was moving well on his legs and returned on Friday. He'll go Sunday.
--RB Michael Turner tweaked his hamstring during practice and didn't complete Thursday's workout. He returned to practice on Friday and is expected to be available but Antonio Cromartie could return kickoffs.