The Los Angeles Chargers achieved a shocking win last week, but they have had to shift their focus quickly to the Oakland Raiders with an important matchup of four-win AFC West teams on Thursday night. How will the coaches strategize to overcome injuries?
For every problem that Ken Whisenhunt had re-integrating key players back into the offense, Shane Steichen seemed to have an answer in the game against the Green Bay Packers.
This example demonstrates how a team has to adjust their gameplan depending upon players available to them. So how will the Chargers adjust their gameplan to overcome their own injuries and take advantage of the Raiders’ injuries to win in Week 10?
Justin Jackson, Running Back – Doubtful (Calf)
After recovering enough to take two carries against the Packers, it became clear that Jackson was still dealing with a nagging calf injury. While the offense will be fine relying on Gordon and Ekeler again, it would be interesting to see how Steichen would take advantage of the shifty Jackson.
Geremy Davis, Wide Receiver – Doubtful (Hamstring)
Chargers’ special teams ace Geremy Davis looks likely to miss another week with a hamstring injury. His impact could be used in this game, however, as the Raiders have a talented returner in Dwayne Harris.
Sam Tevi, Offensive Tackle – Questionable (Knee)
Last week, Sam Tevi injured his knee in the second quarter against the Packers and did not return. In his place, Trent Scott got most of the reps, ending at 57 of 71 offensive snaps.
If anything, the loss of Tevi would mean just a slight downgrade at right tackle. Against the Packers, this injury changed the offense very little, so the Chargers should do their best to be conservative with Tevi and allow him to fully heal.