Oakland Raiders vs San Diego Chargers: What’s the Game Plan for Oakland?

The matchup against San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers puts immense pressure on the Oakland Raiders secondary. For one, Rivers leads the league in completions and passing yards, coming off a 503-yard performance against the Green Bay Packers. Secondly, he’s throwing at a record-setting pace, per Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith:

Finally, the Chargers have surrounded Rivers with plenty of options to target from the pocket, ranging from backup tight ends to small running backs. Oakland cannot expect to cover all of the receiving targets.

The Raiders must address the root of the issue, which involves putting Rivers on his back.


Raiders Pass Rush vs. San Diego Chargers Offensive Line

Apparently it’s not hard to make a beeline for the Chargers quarterback. San Diego’s offensive line has allowed 20 sacks in six games.

For those looking for trends, teams that sacked Rivers more than twice list a record of 3-0. Oakland has registered at least three sacks in two out of the last three outings after flipping the 3-4 switch.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Chargers offensive line ranks as the second-worst in the league. Injuries have contributed to pass-protection issues. Based the Chargers’ injury report, offensive tackles King Dunlap (concussion) and Chris Hairston (ankle) list as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Both players participated at practice in limited capacity. Dunlap already missed last week’s game due to concussion protocol.

San Diego’s guards have experienced their share of difficulties. Offensive lineman D.J. Fluker and former Denver Broncos guard Orlando Franklin have allowed nine quarterback hurries apiece. Fluker has also committed six penalties.

Oakland can apply pressure broadly across the offensive line or focus ...

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