We’ve officially transitioned into Week 6, and this Sunday the Oakland Raiders will host the Los Angeles Chargers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for an AFC West bout. In Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback
With Week 5 in the dust, it’s time to refocus, and look ahead to some important matchups that will take place this weekend; here’s three I’ll have my eye on.
Raiders Offensive Line vs. Chargers Pass Rush
When the division rivals collide Sunday, the battle in the trenches will be one of the deciding factors. After allowing the least amount of sacks in 2016 (18), the Silver and Black currently rank 15th in sacks allowed with 12. While the Raiders have endured a bit of a lull offensively, the line is not entirely at fault. Keep in mind this is a group with three Pro Bowlers in left tackle
In Week 6, it’ll be on the shoulders of these men to hold off a stout pass rush in the Chargers defense led by linebacker Melvin Ingram and defensive end Joey Bosa. Through five weeks of gameplay, Ingram is the league’s second-leading sacker with a total of 7.5, and his cohort Bosa isn’t far behind, as he trails by three with a total of 4.5 sacks. Whether it’s Derek Carr under center, or EJ Manuel, the offensive line will have to keep their quarterback clean, and will face a tough test Sunday.
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