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3 Chargers who need to step up in Week 5 against Oakland

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by Beau Allen #94 against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by Beau Allen #94 against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 01: Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by Beau Allen #94 against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 01: Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by Beau Allen #94 against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

In order to get to 3-2 on the season, the Los Angeles Chargers are going to have to defeat one of their division rivals, a task that’s never easy regardless of win-loss records.

The Oakland Raiders were able to get their first win of the season last week and are now trying to put a winning streak together.

The Chargers swept the season series with the Raiders last year but prior to that, the Raiders won four straight games against them. If the Chargers are smart, they won’t even consider overlooking this team.

The Chargers stand at 2-2 and have lost to the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, the league’s only remaining unbeaten teams. However, they weren’t perfect in wins over the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, so it’s hard to guage where they currently stand.

Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen have all been great, Mike Williams has flashed the potential of the first-round pick the team invested in him and this year’s first-round pick, Derwin James, has been sensational.

But for the Chargers to reach their goals this season, it will take a total team effort. It will take guys stepping up to help Rivers. It will take much better special teams play and it will take finding a way to get pressure on the quarterback, even without Joey Bosa on the field.

With that being said, here are three players that need to step up for the team on Sunday,

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