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NFL San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Preview

Chargers vs. Raiders

Jason O. Watson-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers will play the Oakland Raiders in San Diego on Sunday at 1:25 PM PDT.  San Diego is coming off a victory over the New York Jets while Oakland lost to the Carolina Panthers last week.

San Diego is 15-3 against Oakland in their last 18 games against them, but lost their last two home games against the Raiders.  Oakland will be without Carson Palmer who ranks eighth in the NFL in passing yards.

San Diego’s defense will face Matt Leinart or Terrelle Pryor in place of Palmer.

Oakland is pretty one dimensional on offense because they average 3.8 yards per rushing attempt which ranks 27th in the NFL.  San Diego allows 3.8 yards per rushing attempt which ranks fifth in the league.

Philip Rivers should be able to dominate Oakland’s secondary because they rank 25th in yards per pass attempt allowed.  Rivers should have time to pick apart Oakland because they rank 31st in sacks.

This will be a battle of a below average rushing attack vs. a below average run defense because San Diego ranks 30th in yards per rushing attempt while Oakland ranks 24th in yards per attempt allowed.

San Diego needs to win the field position battle by slowing down a dangerous Oakland team that ranks fifth in yards per kick return.

The Chargers were able to play spoiler against Oakland last season, but this will be a game between two division rivals with nothing on the line except pride because San Diego has a 6-9 record while Oakland is 4-11.

Leinart has an 8-10 career record as a starter with 15 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while Pryor has not started a game in his career.  I expect San Diego to win this game by a final score of 35-13.