Bumped due to the Major League Baseball playoffs, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Athletics will take their AFC West battle late into Sunday night at O.co Coliseum.
The Raiders and baseball's Oakland Athletics share a home, and the NFL matchup will start at 11:35 p.m. ET after the A’s host Game Two of the AL division series in the afternoon.
The time off should give quarterback Terelle Pryor some extra time to recover from the concussion he sustained in Week Three that kept him out of last week’s 24-14 loss to Washington.
Making his first start as a Raider, Matt Flynn filled in for Pryor and was sacked seven times while throwing for 227 yards, a touchdown, and a pick. Overall, Oakland coughed up two other fumbles, but still held a five-minute possession advantage. It was Flynn’s first start in two years, when he was stationed in Green Bay, but he isn't expected to supplant the young surprise Pryor.
Running back Rashad Jennings took over much of the Raiders offense in Pryor’s absence. Jennings had 45 rushing yards, and caught eight balls for 71 yards. The performance, along with starter Darren McFadden’s injury, has put Jennings at the forefront of Oakland’s sixth-ranked rushing attack.
The Chargers are coming off a huge 30-21 victory over Dallas, as quarterback Philip Rivers went 35-for-42 for 402 yards and three touchdowns to one pick. It was Rivers second 400-plus yard passing game of the season, and he’s now second in the NFL with 11 touchdown passes.
His favorite target was veteran tight end Antonio Gates, who had 10 receptions for 136 yards a touchdown, but running back Danny Woodhead was a close second with five catches for 54 yards and two scores. It was Woodhead’s second career game with two touchdowns in his five pro seasons.
Rivers hot start has largely negated the San Diego’s defenses shortcomings. After four games the Chargers are 29th against the pass, 26th in rush defense, and are giving up 25.5 points a game. The Raiders haven't been much better, allowing 111.8 rushing yards a game.
The game will be broadcast by NFL Network, or watch a live online stream by purchasing NFL Game Access here.
Betting Odds: San Diego favored by 4 points.
Over/Under: 45 points.
Prediction: Oakland 17, San Diego 14
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