The Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) will head to Oakland Coliseum to battle the Oakland Raiders (1-7) in Week 10 (November 11, 2018 at 4:05pm EST), looking to keep pace with the AFC West-leading Chiefs. The Chargers opened as 10.0-point road favorites.
Los Angeles’s offense has resembled a well-oiled machine. They average 270.4 yards per game through the air (12th), and 128.9 per game on the ground (5th). The Chargers’ ability to attack in multiple ways has led to a lot of points, as they’re averaging 27.5 PPG (11th).
Philip Rivers has been outstanding under center for Los Angeles this year. He’s completing 67.1% of his passes while totaling 2,236 yards and 19 touchdowns, with just 3 INTs, good for a 116.5 passer rating.
Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon has led the way in the backfield, totaling 579 yards and seven TDs on the ground. Gordon had loads of room to run last week, churning out 113 yards on 16 carries while finding the endzone once in a hugely impressive 25-17 road win over Seattle.
Los Angeles’s offense isn’t the only unit worthy of applause, though, as their defense has been tremendous the last few weeks. The Chargers only allow 22.5 points per game, the 12th-fewest in the NFL, and haven’t given up more than 20 points since Week 4 against San Francisco.
This is a unit that prides itself on defending the pass. Los Angeles only spots their opponents 249.1 yards per game through the air (18th).
That statistic is likely to look even more impressive after Week 10. Oakland is scoring just 17.6 points per game (28th) and QB Derek Carr has already tossed eight interceptions, accounting for 75% of Oakland’s 12 turnovers.
As the Raiders are learning, you cannot consistently score points with such careless play. The coaching staff needs to drill ball security into their players to start having any success on offense, especially this week against a Chargers defense full of playmakers.
There’s not a ton of positives to cover when looking at the Raider defense. They’re surrendering a disgraceful 31.5 PPG, the second-most in the NFL. They have been unable to stop anything, giving up 144.5 yards per game on the ground (32nd) and 262.6 through the air (24th). It seems there will be plenty of touchdowns to go around for both Rivers and Gordon this week.
The last meeting between these two came on October 7th, 2018, when Los Angeles destroyed Oakland, 26-10. The Chargers served as the favorite in that game, too, laying 5.0 points.