After hot starts, both the Raiders and the Chargers have cooled off in recent weeks. San Diego and Oakland find themselves in a three-way tie with Kansas City with 4-4 records. Denver is close behind at 3-5.
To get back on track, the Chargers are hoping to clean up on offense and tighten up on defense. With 10 interceptions on the season (not to mention an inexplicable fumble at the end of their game against Kansas City, two weeks ago), Philip Rivers is off his normally consistent Pro Bowl form. He needs to protect the football from an opportunistic Raiders secondary to have success tonight.
The Raiders completely fell apart on defense last Sunday against the Broncos. Their run defense was deplorable as they let Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee run wild on them for over 200 yards. While Mathews may not be as effective as Tebow and McGahee, Mike Tolbert could hurt them if they don’t tighten up along their front line.
Final score: Raiders 24, Chargers 17