Watch Live: Kayo Sports
Friday, November 8, 2019
RAIDERS VS CHARGERS
Venue: RingCentral Coliseum | Start: 12:20pm AEDT
Pegged as AFC West-also rans after limping out of the gate, the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders are within playoff striking distance midway through the season for entirely different reasons. While the Chargers expected to be a juggernaut offensively, things haven’t come together. First, the offensive line was beset with a rash of injuries. Then running back Melvin Gordon attempted to return and, after his holdout and the injuries up front, the offense was a ragtag outfit to the extent offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was canned. But while the offense was checked out, the defense — riled by the return of Melvin Ingram — rode into the picture and became a pillar of the team. In the past two games, Ingram and tagteam bookend Joey Bosa started to look like the Pro Bowl tandem many expected. And Gordon is getting there, too, with offensive tackle Russell Okung back. Meanwhile, the Raiders are riding a hot streak by quarterback Derek Carr and a mean streak by the offensive line to help running back Josh Jacobs emerge as a go-to weapon. These teams can agree on one thing — they like it close unless they’re playing one another. Oakland has been feast or famine with four losses by more than 17 points and four wins by one possession. The Chargers have won three games in a row in the series by at least 14 points.