Week 10 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, November 7 as the Los Angeles Chargers travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in an AFC West showdown. It marks the 119th regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with the Raiders holding the all-time series advantage, 62-54-2. The Chargers, however, have won the previous four matchups. Each team enters Thursday night coming off home victories in Week 9.
Last week, the Raiders defeated Detroit, 31-24, as quarterback DEREK CARR’s nine-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver HUNTER RENFROW with 2:04 remaining in the game proved to be the difference. Overall, Carr passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns for a 116.2 rating in the win. Since Week 4, Carr has nine touchdown passes versus one interception for a 112.4 rating, the third-highest passer rating in the NFL over that span. Rookie running back JOSH JACOBS rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the victory and became the first rookie since Cincinnati’s ICKEY WOODS in 1988 to have at least two rushing touchdowns in three of his first eight career games. Entering Week 10, Jacobs leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (842), rushing yards (740) and rushing touchdowns (6).
Rookie tight end FOSTER MOREAU also had a fourth quarter touchdown, as the Raiders became the first team since the Seattle Seahawks (November 22, 2015) to have rookies score all four touchdowns in a victory. Through nine weeks, Jacobs (six touchdowns), Moreau (three) and Renfrow (two) are the only trio of rookie teammates each with multiple touchdowns in 2019. Entering Thursday night, tight end DARREN WALLER ranks third among tight ends in catches (48) and receiving yards (548) this season.
The Chargers enter Week 10 as winners of back-to-back games for the first time this season after defeating Chicago, 17-16, in Week 8 and topping Green Bay, 26-11, last week. Quarterback PHILIP RIVERS led the way against the Packers, completing 75 percent of his passes (21 of 28) for 294 yards and a 108.3 rating. Rivers has passed for an average of 304.3 yards per game in his past four games against the Raiders, with eight touchdowns and one interception for a 121.7 rating. His 45-career touchdown passes against Oakland are his most against any opponent.
Running back MELVIN GORDON had a season-high 109 scrimmage yards with two rushing touchdowns last week, marking his sixth career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. Gordon aims for his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown. Running back AUSTIN EKELER has scored a touchdown in each of his past five road contests and leads all running backs in catches (55) and receiving yards (530) this season, while tying for the lead with five touchdown catches. Wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN has 54 catches in 2019 and is one of two receivers in the AFC with at least 50 catches in each of the past three seasons. Defensive end JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks in his past three games, and he aims for his third in a row on the road with at least two sacks, which would be the longest such streak in a single season since Carolina’s CHARLES JOHNSON in 2012 (three consecutive road games).