Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers (1-3) travel to Oakland to face Derek Carr and the Raiders (3-1). Here is the open thread.
The Chargers need to win. More importantly, they need to win against a division rival, something they haven’t done in nine consecutive tries (their last win against the AFC West came in 2014 against the Raiders in Week 11).
Here are the inactives for Sunday:
Our #SDvsOAK inactives
LB Denzel PerrymanRT Joe BarksdaleTE Asante ClevelandCB Brandon FlowersS Jahleel AddaeLB Nick DzubnarC M Tuerk
— #SDvsOAK (@Chargers) October 9, 2016
Losing starting middle linebacker Denzel Perryman is rough, especially with Manti Te’o on injured reserve with a torn Achilles. It looks like it will be the Jatavis Brown-Joshua Perry show with Nick Dzubnar also inactive. Both are rookies, but both are promising players. Brown needs to be a playmaker today.
The offensive line was banged up this week in practice. According to San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken, Chris Hairston will start in place of Joseph Barksdale. While it hurts to see Barksdale out, it’s good to see King Dunlap back. He will be protecting Philip Rivers’ blindside and is definitely needed against Khalil Mack.
Antonio Gates is back! Hunter Henry played very well in Gates’ absence, so hopefully the coaches run a lot of two-tight end sets.
And, of course, Joey Bosa is active. This is his first NFL game–and he’s coming off of a hamstring injury, so temper expectations. It’s still exciting to see our first-round pick on the field.
Let’s see who is out for the Raiders:
Today's Inactives: QB Connor Cook, S Nate Allen, RB Taiwan Jones, RB Latavius Murray, T Menelik Watson, OL Matt McCants, TE Clive Walford.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 9, 2016
Running back Latavius Murray is the big name, but he was named inactive a few days ago. DeAndre Washington (a guy to keep an eye on) and Jalen Richard will split the load. Just like the Chargers, the Raiders’ starting right tackle ,Menelik Watson, is out. The team’s starting tight end, Clive Walford, is also out.
It’s going to be a tough game against a very good football team. Mike McCoy is reportedly coaching for his job. Let’s see if the Chargers can turn things around.