The Oakland Raiders hope to find any signs of life against the LA Chargers on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. It’s been an ugly debut for Jon Gruden in his first season as a head coach since 2008. Gruden spent four years in Oakland from 1998 to 2001, his last game in that stint with the Raiders one of the most memorable for all the wrong reasons. That was the ‘tuck rule’ game, which sent the Patriots to the AFC Championship, and eventually the Super Bowl to defeat the Rams.
It’s been more frustration for Gruden, but he can only dream of getting to the postseason with this team. If the goal is to just get the top pick in the draft and prepare for their move to Las Vegas, the Raiders are doing a good job of it. As long as the first couple of years in Vegas aren’t a disaster, Gruden can rest easy.
Firing Gruden now, which is what all you will see on social media during Raiders games, is a little unrealistic at this point. Mark Davis is not going to pull the plug on Gruden in the near future no matter what happens. Davis wants a competitive product for Las Vegas, so if they struggle there, then the fire talk is more reasonable.
The Chargers are coming off an impressive 25-17 win on the road in Seattle. They’ve been one of the most under the radar teams in the NFL this season. While the Rams rightfully get most of the attention in Los Angeles, the Chargers are reminding people that they aren’t the only good team in town. They enter Oakland with a record of 6-2 and on a five-game winning streak. The Chargers beat the Raiders back on October 7th for their second win in a row. It was a 26-10 final, with the Raiders’ offense struggling again. They don’t have to go very far to meet the Raiders for this one on Sunday afternoon. Head below for our free Chargers vs. Raiders pick.
L.A. Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Week 10 Betting Odds:
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The Raiders just have to get some positive momentum going this season. I don’t care if they lose every game the rest of their schedule, after the display they put on last week, they have to get back to basics. Everyone has to be on the same page instead of some people going left and others going right. Gruden is responsible for reeling this team in and getting everyone to settle down. The trade of Khalil Mack did nothing but disjoint the locker room. And then they traded their best receiver away, Amari Cooper, when players were saying that they were never told about it. So, another instance of frustration for players on their roster.
Frustration hit an all-time high last week against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, led by Nick Mullens, bashed the Raiders on Thursday Night Football by a score of 34-3. It wasn’t so much the score that was embarrassing, it was the fact that the Raiders were quitting on plays all game long. The defense was just standing there while Mullens diced their hopeless defense up 34 points. If they have anything going for them, they did have an extra few days to prepare for the Chargers. I don’t know how much help it will be for a defense that is allowing 31.5 points per game.
It’s been difficult on the offense as well. Derek Carr and Gruden just don’t look like they’re on the same page. Carr has shown some talent in the past, though, so maybe a change of scenery would be best. He is on pace for the worst year of his career, as he enters Sunday with 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. With his top target gone, it’s made it more difficult on Carr. Oakland are 28th in the NFL with 353.8 yards per game.
Meanwhile, Philip Rivers is having an MVP type season in Los Angeles. Lost in the fray of the Jared Goff hype, Rivers is on pace for the best season of his career. He is looking at 38 touchdowns and 6 interceptions if he stays the course, along with a stellar 116.5 QB rating. The offense is 8th in the league with 399.2 yards per game. Armed with Melvin Gordon on the ground, the Chargers have a sleeper offense. Rivers passed for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first meeting. Look for this to be another game for him to pad his stats. The Chargers haven’t been given much credit this season, but I will give them some with a play on the Chargers to sweep the season series and cover in Oakland.