NFL PREVIEWS: WEEK 10
THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-5) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-4)
Week 10 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, November 7 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) as the Los Angeles Chargers travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in an AFC West showdown. It marks the 119th regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with the Raiders holding the all-time series advantage, 62-54-2. The Chargers, however, have won the previous four matchups. Each team enters Thursday night coming off home victories in Week 9.
Last week, the Raiders defeated Detroit, 31-24, as quarterback DEREK CARR’s nine-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver HUNTER RENFROW with 2:04 remaining in the game proved to be the difference. Overall, Carr passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns for a 116.2 rating in the win. Since Week 4, Carr has nine touchdown passes versus one interception for a 112.4 rating, the third-highest passer rating in the NFL over that span. Rookie running back JOSH JACOBS rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the victory and became the first rookie since Cincinnati’s ICKEY WOODS in 1988 to have at least two rushing touchdowns in three of his first eight career games. Entering Week 10, Jacobs leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (842), rushing yards (740) and rushing touchdowns (6).
Rookie tight end FOSTER MOREAU also had a fourth quarter touchdown, as the Raiders became the first team since the Seattle Seahawks (November 22, 2015) to have rookies score all four touchdowns in a victory. Through nine weeks, Jacobs (six touchdowns), Moreau (three) and Renfrow (two) are the only trio of rookie teammates each with multiple touchdowns in 2019. Entering Thursday night, tight end DARREN WALLER ranks third among tight ends in catches (48) and receiving yards (548) this season.
The Chargers enter Week 10 as winners of back-to-back games for the first time this season after defeating Chicago, 17-16, in Week 8 and topping Green Bay, 26-11, last week. Quarterback PHILIP RIVERS led the way against the Packers, completing 75 percent of his passes (21 of 28) for 294 yards and a 108.3 rating. Rivers has passed for an average of 304.3 yards per game in his past four games against the Raiders, with eight touchdowns and one interception for a 121.7 rating. His 45-career touchdown passes against Oakland are his most against any opponent.
Running back MELVIN GORDON had a season-high 109 scrimmage yards with two rushing touchdowns last week, marking his sixth career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. Gordon aims for his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown. Running back AUSTIN EKELER has scored a touchdown in each of his past five road contests and leads all running backs in catches (55) and receiving yards (530) this season, while tying for the lead with five touchdown catches. Wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN has 54 catches in 2019 and is one of two receivers in the AFC with at least 50 catches in each of the past three seasons. Defensive end JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks in his past three games, and he aims for his third in a row on the road with at least two sacks, which would be the longest such streak in a single season since Carolina’s CHARLES JOHNSON in 2012 (three consecutive road games).
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QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for 294 yards & 108.3 rating last week. Has 1,217 pass yards (304.3 per game) with 8 TDs vs. INT & 121.7 rating in past 4 vs. Oak. Has 45 career TD passes vs. Oak, most vs. any opponent. • RB MELVIN GORDON had season-high 109 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 29 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week, 6th career game with 2+ rush TDs, tied for 6th-most since 2016. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Has 646 scrimmage yards (129.2 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in his past 5 vs. Oak. RB AUSTIN EKELER had 93 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 23 rec.) in Week 9. Aims for 6th in row on road with TD. Leads all RBs in catches (55) & rec. yards (530) & ties for lead in rec. TDs (5) in 2019. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 6 catches for 57 yards & TD in last meeting. Has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Oak. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 50+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had career-high 111 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row on road vs. division with 5+ catches & rec. TD. TE HUNTER HENRY had team-high 7 catches for 84 yards in Week 9. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Oak. • DE JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. Has 5 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. Oak. DE MELVIN INGRAM had season-high 1.5 sacks last week. Has 2 sacks, FF & INT in past 2 vs. Oak. DE ISAAC ROCHELL had career-high 1.5 sacks in last meeting.
QB DEREK CARR passed for 289 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.2 rating last week. Has 7 TDs vs. INT for 120.4 rating in past 3. Aims for 5th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Passed for 243 yards in last meeting. • RB JOSH JACOBS (rookie) rushed for 120 yards & 2 TDs last week. Is 1st rookie since ICKEY WOODS (1988) with 2+ rush TDs in 3 of 1st 8 career games. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of past 5. Leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (842), rush yards (740) & rush TDs (6). Surpassed HOFer MARCUS ALLEN (697) for most rush yards by rookie in franchise history. • TE DARREN WALLER had 52 rec. yards last week. Ranks 3rd among TEs in catches (48) & rec. yards (548) in 2019. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS has TD catch in 5 of 6 games in 2019. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. Had 155 catches for 2,530 yards & 17 TDs in 4 seasons with LAC (2015-18). Rookie WR HUNTER RENFROW had career-high 6 catches for 54 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. TE FOSTER MOREAU had 3rd career TD catch last week, most among rookie TEs. Jacobs (6), Moreau (3) & Renfrow (2) are only trio of rookie teammates each with 2+ TDs in 2019. • CB DARYL WORLEY had INT last week. Had 2 PD in last meeting. S ERIK HARRIS had 10 tackles, TFL & PD last week. DT MAURICE HURST had FR last week. Had sack in last meeting. DE MAXX CROSBY is 1 of 3 rookies (JOSH ALLEN & CHARLES OMENIHU) with 2+ sacks (2) & 2+ FFs (2) in 2019.
- The Chargers defeated the Packers last week, 26-11, marking the first time this season that the team has won consecutive games. The Chargers have won three straight games played on Thursday nights, and are 7-3 on Thursdays since this current format debuted in 2006.
- The Raiders moved back to .500 on the season with a 31-24 win over the Lions in Week 9. All four of Oakland’s wins this season have been by a single possession (eight points or fewer), while three of its four losses have been by at least 18 points.
- Philip Rivers has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 23 consecutive game against Oakland. All-time, only two quarterbacks have had a longer such streak of games against any single opponent: Brett Favre (26 straight games w/ 1+ TD pass vs. Bears) and Dan Marino (24 vs. Jets).
- Austin Ekeler leads all running backs in receptions (55), receiving yards (530) and is tied for the running back lead in touchdown receptions (five). Ekeler, Keenan Allen (657) and Mike Williams (530) are the only trio of teammates with 500+ receiving yards apiece this season.
- Josh Jacobs has rushed for 740 yards this season, the most all-time by a player in his first eight games with the Raiders (Bo Jackson held the previous mark with 624 rush yards). Jacobs currently ranks seventh in the NFL with 740 rushing yards; the last Raiders rookie to finish in the top 10 in rushing yards in a season was Marcus Allen, who finished 4th in the abbreviated 1982 NFL season.
- The Chargers have won four straight games against the Raiders, most recently winning, 20-6, in Oakland in Week 10 last season. Philip Rivers is 18-8 all-time against the Raiders, and his 18 wins are five more than any other quarterback against the Raiders since 1950.