After a rough start to the season, the Chargers look to get back to .500 and claim second place in the AFC West on Thursday night in a divisional showdown with the Raiders.
How to Watch:
When: Thursday, Nov. 7
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Much was expected of the Chargers (4–5) after they reached the AFC title game last season, with many considering 2019 one of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers' best–and potentially last–chance to reach the Super Bowl. The holdout of running back Melvin Gordon, though, contributed to a 2–5 start, as Los Angeles suffered all five defeats by seven or fewer points.
The tide, though, appears to have finally turned for Anthony Lynn's team, as the Chargers have posted back-to-back wins. They are coming off arguably their best performance of the season, stifling the Green Bay Packers in a 26–11 victory Sunday. Gordon had a season-best 80 rushing yards and a pair of second-half touchdown runs, while the defense confounded Aaron Rodgers all game and limited Green Bay to 184 total yards.
Rivers did not have a touchdown pass but was plenty effective moving the ball, completing 21 of 28 passes for 294 yards, as the Chargers were 5-for-11 on third down and punted only once. Los Angeles also got a huge boost from the return of kicker Michael Badgley, who connected on four of his five attempts after missing the first eight games with a groin injury.
Oakland (4–4) kept its season from going off the rails Sunday with a 31–24 victory over Detroit, making a late defensive stand to prevent a potential game-tying touchdown and avoiding a third consecutive defeat. Rookie running back Josh Jacobs was again impressive, finishing with 120 yards on a season-high 28 carries as he topped 100 yards for the third time in four games.
Jacobs has 740 yards, easily pacing all NFL rookies, and the first-round pick is in line to become the first Raiders rookie to rush for 1,000 yards in franchise history. Oakland has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Latavious Murray totaled 1,066 in 2015.
Derek Carr threw for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns and has thrown for 867 yards and seven scores with only one interception in his last three games. He has not had anywhere near that type of success since the Chargers moved to Los Angeles in 2017, though, losing all four matchups while throwing for 925 yards and three TDs while getting picked off four times.