The San Diego Chargers are the favorites to win this game after an emotional victory over the Denver Broncos while the Oakland Raiders are still recovering from Jamaal Charles‘ beat down. But this is a rivalry game and things might not follow according to media predictions, so these are three matchups that will decide the outcome of the game
– San Diego’s pass rush against Oakland’s offensive line.
The quarterback has changed styles and names from their previous meeting, but the common factor is that line. Oakland’s offense has given up 43 sacks compared to San Diego giving up only 26. San Diego got to Peyton Manning last week, so can Melvin Ingram and the pass rush get to Matt McGloin?
– San Diego’s wide receivers against Oakland’s secondary.
Keenan Allen continues to rack up yards and touchdowns in his campaign for Rookie of the Year. In their previous meeting, Allen had six receptions, 115 yards and one touchdown, which became his first 100-plus-yard receiving game. Also, Vincent Brown is primed to break out as his best days as a receiver have come against the Raiders. The Oakland secondary has much more to worry about than the Chargers’ running backs.
– San Diego’s running backs against Oakland’s 4-3 defense.
Comparing San Diego’s backfield and Oakland’s front seven, San Diego has the upper hand. Ryan Mathews is coming off his fifth 100-plus-yard rushing game and Danny Woodhead is having a career year in receiving yards. On the defensive side, Nick Roach played his best game in 2013 against the Chargers with 13 total tackles, but Charles’ performance last week made a mockery of that entire defense. This is a matchup that favors the Chargers.