STATS:Overall: 17th (335.8 Yds/G)Passing: 27th (196.1 Yds/G)Sacks Allowed: 29th (33 Sacks)Interceptions: 20th (13 Ints)Rushing: 5th (139.7 Yds/G)Fumbles: 24th (7 Fumbles)Scoring: 15th (23.2 Pts/G)PLAYERS TO WATCH:QB Jason Campbell 6-5, 230, Auburn, 6 Years in the NFL7 TDs, 6 INTs, 1,322 Yards, 75.8 QB RatingWith the injury to Bruce Gradkowski, Jason Campbell will have to step in and be the starting QB for the Black and Silver. He did not play last week against Miami, but he has struggled to stay standing upright in the backfield. The Raiders have allowed 33 sacks on their QBs and we currently lead the league in sacks. We will need to keep putting pressure on Campbell and force him to make poor decisions with the ball. In our last meeting, we were able to sack him 3 times, but he was able to throw a TD pass against us.
RB Darren McFadden6-2, 210, Arkansas, 3 years in the NFL157 carries, 773 yards, 4.9 average, 4 TDs“Run DMC” has good speed coming out of the backfield and looks to run off the edges. He started out the season on fire and has been slowed down by a couple of good defenses in the last 2 games. Against Miami last week, he was held to only 2 yards on 8 carries and against Pittsburgh he has 14 yards on 10 carries. We will be looking to stuff him at the line of scrimmage also with our front 7 led by Antonio Garay. The linebackers off the edge will need to contain him and force him to run the ball back up the middle towards Garay. Jason Campbell will try to open up the passing game to keep the Chargers defense honest.
WR Jacoby Ford5-9, 185, Clemson, Rookie16 receptions, 320 yards, 20.0 avg, 1 TDsThe rookie has come on strong as of late and is a big play receiver. He did not play any receiver in our first meeting earlier this season. He has an average of 20 yards per catch!! The corners will have to respect the deep threat and give him a little more room off the line of scrimmage. He made some huge plays against KC and Miami and it will be the first time that either Jammer or Cason will have seen him on the field. Our corners will have the size advantage over the smaller receiver. We just need to make sure that he does not get behind the defense. He is a dangerous kick returner already returning 2 back for TDs. The special teams will need to step up big against him.
OVERALL:The Raiders will try to control the clock against us with the running game and will try to pick and choose where they can beat us deep.
Their passing game has struggled all season long. Campbell holds onto the ball for a long time and that will allow our line to put pressure and get sacks against him. If we are able to jump out to an early lead, look for us to attack him like we did against Peyton Manning and the Colts.
McFadden will try to break out of his 2-game slump against us. He is having the best season of his career. The Chargers held the Colts to only 24 yards rushing last week. Let’s see if the Raiders plan on giving McFadden more opportunities this week.
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