3 Chargers who must play their best to beat the Raiders in Week 13

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2. Jamaree Salyer

Jamaree Salyer has really stepped up this season and provided quality play for the Chargers in place of Rashawn Slater. He has seen some struggles in recent weeks but that should be expected for a rookie who was drafted to be a guard that was thrown into a starting left tackle role.

The Chargers might be without their other tackle in this game as Trey Pipkins has been dealing with an MCL issue for several weeks. That injury was reaggravated in Week 12 and there is a chance that he does not play in Week 13.

If that is the case, the Chargers are going to have a pretty big mismatch on that side with Maxx Crosby going at Foster Sarell. The team is going to do whatever it can to get Sarell help on that side to keep Crosby from taking over the game as he did in Week 18 last season.

That leaves Salyer in a position where he is going to have to win his one-on-one matchup against Chandler Jones. Jones was looking like a bust for most of the season as he was not having nearly the kind of impact for the Raiders that they expected him to have.

However, Jones came alive with a big game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12, giving him some momentum heading into this game against the Chargers. With all of the emphasis on Crosby, the Chargers cannot allow Jones to beat them and need Salyer to be at his best.