|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1||1-2||0-3||11.3||6.3||299.3||(5)||1.3||14.3||9.0||272.7||(4.7)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||17.9||7.8||18.9||29:35||23-87||(3.8)||24-40||60.4%||262||(6.5)||63-349||(5.5)||(19.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.4||11||19.9||30:25||27-112||(4.1)||21-35||61.1%||235||(6.7)||62-347||(5.6)||(15.5)|
|Offense Road Games||14.4||7.9||16.0||29:17||24-83||(3.5)||21-37||57.1%||243||(6.6)||61-326||(5.4)||(22.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.9||12.7||19.3||30:33||28-122||(4.4)||22-34||65.6%||242||(7.1)||61-364||(5.9)||(13)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.3||10.8||19.6||30:06||27-111||(4.1)||21-35||61.2%||236||(6.8)||62-347||(5.6)||(15.6)|
|Defense Road Games||31.0||13.6||19.9||30:43||30-141||(4.7)||21-33||63.9%||237||(7.1)||63-378||(6)||(12.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7||-0.4||14-5||33.7%||1-0||25.0%||3-58||(22.4)||2-10||(5)||7-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.8||13-5||37.1%||1-0||50.8%||2-57||(23.3)||21-2||(9.6)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.9||0.7||1.6||0.0||13-3||25.5%||1-0||12.5%||3-58||(22.4)||3-16||(6.1)||6-59|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.5||1.3|| ||13-5||40.3%||1-0||53.8%||2-50||(26.8)||3-29||(10.1)||6-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||38.2%||1-0||44.3%||3-62||(23.6)||23-2||(9.4)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.0||0.6||1.6|| ||14-6||45.5%||1-0||75.0%||1-39||(33.9)||4-38||(10.2)||4-40|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+2.1||2-1||2-1||22.7||7.7||227.0||(4)||0.7||24.0||13.7||312.3||(5.2)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||21.7||12.1||18.6||31:37||25-93||(3.7)||22-34||63.6%||210||(6.2)||59-303||(5.1)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.2||11.5||19.7||30:25||27-115||(4.2)||21-34||61.3%||231||(6.7)||62-347||(5.6)||(14.9)|
|Offense Home Games||18.4||10.6||18.7||30:30||23-98||(4.3)||22-34||64.3%||200||(5.9)||57-298||(5.2)||(16.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.9||9.6||19.9||29:18||25-95||(3.8)||22-36||61.7%||235||(6.5)||61-331||(5.4)||(15.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.2||10.6||19.7||30:02||27-112||(4.2)||22-35||61.1%||239||(6.8)||62-351||(5.6)||(15.8)|
|Defense Home Games||21.7||8.6||21.1||31:29||28-105||(3.8)||23-36||64.3%||238||(6.6)||64-344||(5.4)||(15.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7||0.1||14-5||38.8%||1-0||50.0%||3-56||(22)||2-20||(9.8)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.8||13-5||37.0%||1-0||52.2%||2-56||(23.3)||21-2||(9.8)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.3||1.1||2.4||-0.6||13-5||39.8%||1-0||50.0%||2-56||(26.1)||2-9||(5.6)||7-48|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||0.9||1.8|| ||13-5||41.2%||1-0||40.0%||3-64||(22.8)||2-23||(9.4)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||38.4%||1-0||44.4%||3-65||(23.8)||22-2||(9.3)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.9||1.0||1.9|| ||13-6||46.8%||0-0||66.7%||3-69||(21.9)||3-33||(10.9)||6-51|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OAKLAND 19.8, SAN DIEGO 18.9|
|12/30/2012||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||24-34||L||3||L||46.5||O||26-103||29-37-323||2||22-74||14-20-205||0|
|12/23/2012||@ NY JETS||27-17||W||3||W||38||O||30-87||11-22-136||0||23-69||15-25-156||2|
|12/30/2012||OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|OAKLAND: After switching back to a power-blocking scheme last year, the Raiders are going back to the zone-blocking scheme they used with success in the Tom Cable years'they still have the line to do it. Darren McFadden was better in last year's power-blocking scheme, but he's had success in the one-cut system. Considering his injury history they weren't about to build around him though. His back-ups, Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones, are both one-cut runners. They'll likely ride McFadden as a three-down back until he gets hurt again. The Raiders were the NFL's most run-heavy red zone offense a year ago, and it figures to stay that way. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp prefers a catch-and-run West Coast passing game to the vertical attack the Raiders ran during the Al Davis years. Considering his fading arm strength, quarterback Carson Palmer should benefit. Palmer will be asked to do a little more in terms of throwing on the move and ball-handling on play-action. His receivers, however, don't really fit the West Coast mold'Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are all primarily deep threats. It could open up opportunities for the tight ends, though Brandon Myers isn't much of an option. In the end, there could be a ton of passes going to McFadden. When the Raiders throw off play-action near the goal line, Heyward-Bey and Moore figure to be the most common targets. The Raiders were woeful on defense in 2011, ranking 27th in the NFL in both passing defense and rushing defense, and allowing the fourth-most points in the league. They should benefit from the return of DE Matt Shaughnessy, whose 2011 season was cut very short by a shoulder injury. With a quick first step and long arms that allow him to fight off blocks, he'll not only produce from the starting RDE spot in 2012, but he'll draw attention away from Richard Seymour'the veteran lineman totaled just one sack over his final 11 games of 2011 without Shaughnessy on the field. Former No. 8 overall pick Rolando McClain will be Oakland's starting middle linebacker in new head coach Dennis Allen's defense, but that's only if he avoids suspension and jail time'McClain is appealing a 180-day jail sentence he received in May after being found guilty on assault charges. About the only good thing that can be said about that secondary is that safety Tyvon Branch is a solid run-stopper'the Raiders are severely lacking in talent when it comes to pass coverage. |
|SAN DIEGO: Offensive line coach Hal Hunter picks up the offensive coordinator title after Clarence Shelmon's retirement, but this remains head coach Norv Turner's offense. They want to establish the power running game between the tackles, though Ryan Mathews gives them the versatility to mix in some zone blocking as well. With Mike Tolbert gone, newly acquired veteran Ronnie Brown will pick up some carries. But hybrid back Le'Ron McClain could end up more closely replicating Tolbert as the power change-of-pace to Mathews. While Mathews figures to play a lot of the red zone snaps, McClain seems likely to step in on the goal line. Turner is an Air Coryell disciple who gets the ball downfield. Protection issues were at the root of Philip Rivers' mid-season struggles in 2011, but they seem to have gotten things straightened out with Jared Gaither stepping in at left tackle. Rivers reads deep-to-short, with Robert Meachem taking over for Vincent Jackson as the primary deep target. Antonio Gates will continue to run a lot of intermediate crossing routes as the No. 2 option, with Malcom Floyd occasionally targeted as a deep threat. The Chargers use their backs often in the passing game and they really missed Darren Sproles last year. But the arrival of Eddie Royal in the slot could fill some of Sproles' old catch-and-run playmaking. When they throw in the red zone, Gates is overwhelmingly the top target. The Chargers' defense experienced quite a drop-off in production last season, allowing 75 more yards per game than in 2010. They brought in some solid veterans to help in 2012, but no real game-changers. First-round draft pick DE Melvin Ingram will need some seasoning before he becomes an elite pass rusher. Eric Weddle now plays more of a centerfield role rather than downhill in the box. This reduced his production in the tackle department and seemed to hurt the San Diego run defense a bit last season, but Weddle's seven interceptions in 2011 were more than he had in his previous four seasons combined. |
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(EDITS 3rd graph with QB Pryor starting)
*Raiders-Chargers Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
While the San Diego Chargers kicked off their season with a win over the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders, it's been a turbulent ride since.
The Norv Turner era could be coming to an end as a result.
In what is expected to be Turner's last game as coach, San Diego tries to go out on a strong note Sunday against an Oakland team that will start Terrelle Pryor in place of the injured Carson Palmer.
Turner - possibly along with general manager A.J. Smith - is expected to be fired at seasons end. The Chargers (6-9) haven't made the playoffs since 2009 and are set to finish with their worst record since going 4-12 in 2003.
"There's a lot of speculation that way and I know people assume that," said Turner, about to conclude his sixth season in San Diego. "As I said to our team, probably four or five weeks ago, this is really an outstanding group of people, aside from what they are as football players.
"Obviously we're playing a divisional rival. You're playing the Raiders, so we're just getting everything we can out of this week, enjoy each other, then we'll see what happens."
San Diego is seeking its third straight victory in this series after a 22-14 win at Oakland in Week 1. The Raiders (4-11), though, have posted back-to-back wins at Qualcomm Stadium after losing seven straight there from 2003-09.
"We're in the same division and we're located rather closely to one another," Philip Rivers told the Chargers' official website. "It goes back a long time. I know the fans and the state of California get fired up about it. And it just so happens it's the last game of the year this year.
"Obviously the case with these two teams, we've both had seasons we didn't anticipate, but it's a game both teams will be ready to go."
Rivers, who with 3,455 passing yards is all but certain to come up short of 4,000 for the first time since 2007, threw for 165 and two touchdowns last Sunday in a 27-17 road win over the New York Jets. The Chargers sacked the inexperienced Greg McElroy a franchise record-tying 11 times in that game, and would appear to have another favorable matchup in store.
With Palmer ruled out after suffering cracked ribs and a bruised lung during last Sunday's 17-6 loss at Carolina, the Raiders will give Pryor his first career start in this game, choosing him over Matt Leinart.
Leinart saw nearly all of the snaps after Palmer was knocked out last weekend, completing 16 of 32 passes with an interception. Pryor, though, beat out Leinart during practice this week and will try to jump-start a struggling Raiders offense that has failed to score a touchdown the last two games.
"We know what his strengths are, we know what his weaknesses are," coach Dennis Allen said Friday. "But really, to give him an opportunity to go out in a game, against a division opponent, at their place, and give him a chance to play, it gives us a view into the future."
While the Raiders figure to lean on Darren McFadden given their shaky QB situation, the fifth-year back has generally struggled to find holes. He ran the ball 17 times for 33 yards against the Panthers and is averaging 3.3 yards per carry - the NFL's third-lowest mark among qualified players.
"We certainly want to get Darren going and we haven't really been able to get it on track on a consistent basis," Allen said. "We have to be able to block better, we've got to be able to run it better and then be able to execute in the passing game, which opens up some of the run game options."
McFadden was limited to 32 yards on 15 attempts against the Chargers earlier this year but hauled in a career-high 13 receptions for 86 yards.
The Raiders, losers of seven of eight overall, have been outscored by an average of 16.6 points in going 1-6 on the road.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:57:43 PM EST|