After back-to-back road games, the Oakland Raiders return home for two straight contests against AFC West rivals. This week, the Raiders will host the Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1:25 p.m. PT, marking the first of two games this year between the two longtime foes. The next time these teams play will be on Dec. 18 in San Diego. Last week, the Raiders won their third road game of the year, pulling out another close victory against the Baltimore Ravens by a final of 28-27. The Chargers dropped a tight contest at home to the New Orleans Saints, 34-35.
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Date:Sunday, Oct. 9Kickoff:1:25 p.m. PTSite:Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1966)Capacity/Surface:56,055/Overseeded BermudaRegular Season:Raiders lead, 60-50-2
Getting to 3-1 on the year and 3-0 on the road last Sunday, the Raiders once again came from behind in the game's final minutes to secure the victory. Down 21-27 with 3:36 remaining, QB Derek Carr led the team on a six-play, 66-yard drive in 1:24, culminating on a 23-yard touchdown pass to WR Michael Crabtree with 2:12 remaining. Crabtree, who recorded a career-high three touchdowns on the day, led the team with seven receptions and 88 yards. Carr posted a 123.4 quarterback rating, his highest ouput of the season, completing 71.4 percent of his passes and tossing four touchdowns. Oakland's defense held strong on the game's final drive, forcing the Ravens to turn the ball over on downs and secure the Raiders victory. S Reggie Nelson came up with the big play to end the drive, breaking up a pass on fourth down with a big hit. LB Cory James led the way for the Raiders, totaling 16 tackles (13 solo) and a forced fumble. DE Khalil Mack recorded his first sack of the season and disrupted Baltimore's offense throughout the game. LB Bruce Irvin posted his second sack-fumble of the year, resulting in the team's only takeaway.
The Raiders will host the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday before heading on a trip to Florida that will see the team take on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chargers will have a short week coming up as they get ready to host the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football on Oct. 13.
In last week's win overthe Ravens in Baltimore, WR Michael Crabtree set a career high with three receiving touchdowns, including the game-winning 23-yard catch from QB Derek Carr with 2:12 remaining. Crabtree's three touchdowns marked a single-game career high for the 8th-year player and his four touchdowns are now tied for the most in the NFL. It marked Crabtree's first gamewinning touchdown as a Raider and propelled the team to their first 3-0 start on the road since 2000. His performance Sunday was also the first three-touchdown game by a wide receiver in the NFL this season.
• Crabtree has now recorded at least three receptions in all 20 games with Oakland since 2015 and has posted at least three catches in 86 of his 99 career games.
• His 13 touchdowns since the beginning of last year are tied for sixth in the league.
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Overview: Head Coach Mike McCoy is now in his fourth season at the helm with the Chargers, posting a 23-29 record through 52 games. The Chargers, who were swept by the Raiders in the 2015 series, visit the Raiders for the first of their two divisional meetings in 2016. San Diego, now 1-3, enters Week 5 after suffering back-to-back losses by four points or less, allowing the game-winning scores on the final opponent's drive in both games.
Offense: Manning the offense for the Chargers is QB Philip Rivers, now in his 13th season with the team. He entered the 2016 season as franchise's all-time leader in wins (92), consecutive starts (160), completions (3,462), completion percentage (64.8), touchdown passes (281), passer rating (95.5), 400-yard games (eight) and three-touchdown games (44). Second-year RB Melvin Gordon is off to a fast start in 2016, accounting for an NFLbest six rushing touchdowns. With a season-ending injury to WR Keenan Allen, newcomer WR Travis Benjamin has stepped up to lead the team with 277 receiving yards.
Defense: Now in his 15th season with the team, defensive coordinator John Pagano is the longest tenured coach on the Chargers' staff. Pagano's unit has posted the 10th best opponent QBR (57.4) through the first quarter of the season and ranks eighth in rushing yards allowed per game (82.0), all while being without their 2015 leading tackler, LB Manti Te'o, who was placed on IR. In his absence, ILB Denzel Perryman currently leads the team with 21 tackles (15 solo). Their 2015 sack leader, OLB Melvin Ingram, again paces the way for the team with three sacks thus far. Patrolling the secondary is 2015 Pro Bowl CB Jason Verrett, who has registered one interception this season. Newcomer CB Casey Hayward leads the team with three interceptions and is tied for second in the NFL.
• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy were the defensive and offensive coordinators, respectively, for the Denver Broncos in 2012. Del Rio and McCoy were also on the staff together with the Carolina Panthers in 2002.
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• Chargers defensive back coach Ron Milus (secondary coach) worked under Head Coach Jack Del Rio (defensive coordinator) during the 2012 season in Denver for the Broncos defense. The Broncos finished 13-3 with the help of Milus and Del Rio.
• Chargers special teams coach Craig Aukerman (defensive assistant) was on Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio's staff in 2011 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
• Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy (offensive assistant/quarterbacks) was on the staff of Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) in 2000 with the Panthers. McCoy also worked with Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri (defensive assistant/defensive line) from 2002-2008 with the Panthers.
• Raiders defensive assistant Sam Anno played linebacker for the Chargers for two seasons from 1992-1993.
• Chargers LB Korey Toomer appeared in 10 games for the Raiders in 2015 and was a member of the team's practice squad this year before joining the Chargers' active roster on Sept. 28.
• Chargers T Joe Barksdale was drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft and played all 16 games as a rookie, primarily on special teams.
• Raiders DE Khalil Mack and Chargers RB Branden Oliver (IR) were teammates and roommates at Buffalo from 2010-2013. Mack was the fifth-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, while Oliver went undrafted.
• Raiders defensive assistant Sam Anno was the assistant head coach at the University of San Diego from 2009-2014.
• Chargers S Dwight Lowery is a native of Soquel, Calif., and then attended San Jose State. Lowery was the first player in San Jose State football history to earn first-team All-American honors two years in a row and led the nation with nine interceptions in 2006.
• Chargers WR Griff Whalen attended from Stanford from 2008- 2011, totaling 80 receptions for 1,058 yards (13.2 yard avg.) and five touchdowns.
• Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy was born in San Francisco, Calif., and went on to attend San Marin (Calif.) High School. After high school, McCoy attended Long Beach State University, when Raiders team ambassador Willie Brown was the head coach.
• Chargers WR Stevie Johnson and Chargers CB Jason Verrett are both natives of Fairfield, Calif., and played for Angelo Rodriguez High School. Verrett's older brother, Warren, works in Client Services for the Raiders.
• Chargers TE Asante Cleveland is a native of Sacramento, Calif. Cleveland attended Christian Brothers High School and his mother is the deputy superintendent of the Berkeley (Calif.) School District.
• Chargers G/T Kenny Wiggins is a native of Elk Grove, Calif., and attended Fresno State from 2007-2010 and was All-Western Athletic Conference First Team as a senior in 2010.