Philip Rivers became the starting quarterback for San Diego in the 2006 season. In his career, Rivers has a 9-3 record against Oakland, an average of 227 yards per game with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.In two games against Oakland last year, Rivers averaged 292 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rivers had 310 passing yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a QB rating of 135.1 against Oakland in week 17. This was Rivers’ second highest rating in a game last season behind his 146.1 rating against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
San Diego’s starting running back Ryan Mathews broke his clavicle in the team’s first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 9. Mathews was expected to miss 4-6 weeks at the time of his injury.
Mathews is aiming for a return to the field against Oakland in six days. He did not play in the game against Oakland, a San Diego win, when Rivers had 310 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Oakland’s starting RB Darren McFadden missed that game against the Chargers in week 17 and he was fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game. This could create more time for Oakland with the ball, which would limit the amount of times that Rivers has to do damage against Oakland’s secondary.
San Diego is 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Raiders in Oakland. I expect this trend to continue next week with a Chargers victory and Rivers putting together a monster game.