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Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Skuzzlebutt, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Skuzzlebutt

    Skuzzlebutt BoltTalker

    Jan 10, 2007
    From ESPN:

    After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Raiders-Chargers matchup.

    1. Oakland needs to develop an identity: The Raiders can't decide if they want to be a running team or a passing team. One week they run the ball, the next week they come out throwing and end up throwing to the wrong colored jerseys too often. Defensively they play aggressively one week and tentatively the next. There is no question that their strength lies in their running backs and the ground game. They need to develop a controlled passing attack that plays off the play-action fake.

    2. Expect the Raiders to rely on their base front to develop a pass rush: Oakland will need to flood the secondary and passing zones if it wants to contain the Chargers' passing attack. San Diego simply has too many weapons for the Raiders to rely on the blitz too often. Look for a lot of nickel and dime packages as the Raiders try to confuse QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers' offense with a lot of looks.

    3. Oakland needs its pressure defense: In their two wins, the Raiders brought a high-pressure defense to the game while in their five losses they looked lethargic and confused. If the Raiders just go through the motions on defense, Rivers will have a field day picking apart a leaky secondary. When Rivers has time to make his reads and his receivers have time to run their routes, the Chargers can be explosive.

    4. Look for the Raiders to focus on their ground game: The Raiders can run the ball on most defenses when they stick with the ground game. Against the Chargers, who are giving up just under 140 yards rushing a game, we can expect Oakland to feed the ball to running backs Michael Bush and Justin Fargas. They must take the pressure off QB JaMarcus Russell, who has struggled this year. When teams know the Raiders have to throw the ball, they can pin their ears back and attack the pocket. Running the ball only 15 to 20 times a game is not going to do much to force opponents to honor the ground game.

    5. Matchup to watch: Oakland DE Richard Seymour vs. San Diego LOT Marcus McNeill: Seymour has the size and talent to be a force on the defensive line. The Raiders like to line him up in various positions to make it difficult for defenses to game plan against him. He is equally adept at defending the run and rushing the passer. McNeill is San Diego's best pass blocker and will be asked to protect the left side of the pocket.

    6. San Diego is ecstatic that RB LaDainian Tomlinson is regaining his form: Though the Chargers have one of the more explosive passing games in the league, they want to be able to pound the ball on the ground. As Tomlinson regains his health, the tough yards in the red zone and short-yardage situations will become easier to come by. Running back Darren Sproles is an effective change-of-pace back but does not give the Chargers the ability to run the ball 20 to 25 times a game and move the pile with power.

    7. Expect the Chargers to focus on taking away Oakland's ground game: The Chargers' defense has struggled to stop the run this year -- it's giving up nearly 140 yards per game, fifth most in the NFL. They know the Raiders can't depend on their passing game to move the ball consistently and will want to pound the ball on the ground. San Diego's front seven needs to be disciplined as it tries to limit the running lanes available to Oakland's running backs. Getting good fits and forcing the Raiders to run laterally rather than north and south will be key.

    8. San Diego wants to bring a balanced attack to this game: As the Chargers try to stay close to the division-leading Denver Broncos, they will want to become less predictable with their offense. This means re-establishing the ground game that was once so dominating. Rivers is having a great season, but when defenses have to honor the ground game it takes a lot of pressure off him.

    9. Look for the Chargers to bring pressure from all angles on passing downs: The Chargers will want to force the issue in obvious passing situations. Oakland has a minus-10 turnover ratio, which includes eight interceptions. Russell does not handle pressure very well and most of his interceptions can be traced to pressure situations. If San Diego can pressure the Raiders into interceptions and win the turnover battle this game could turn into an early blowout.

    10. Matchup to watch: San Diego TE Antonio Gates vs. Oakland SS Tyvon Branch: Gates is San Diego's leading receiver and can be a weapon on the perimeter as well as up the middle. He is equally adept at stretching the secondary with his speed and catching the ball over the middle and in traffic. Branch will be matched up with Gates on most crossing and underneath patterns and will be depended on to help contain the dynamic tight end.

    adv: sdg
    Oakland 17
    San Diego 35
  2. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thanks Skuzz.

    dude to it to us pretty good in our first game. But hasn't really done shiit like most players that go to the black hole.

    I hope we naturalize the rush with some quick hit routes, soften up their underbelly, then pound them like a tough steak

  3. Rainman

    Rainman BoltTalker

    Sep 4, 2006
    You mean... 'neutralize'? :icon_banana:

    Until you brought it up, I hadn't thought of citizenship as a concern! :icon_shrug:
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