Why This Game Is Important:
As of right now this matchup is a fight for third place in the AFC West. Yes you read that correctly. The AFC West is home to two 4-0 teams, and is making the AFC slightly more competitive.
The Chargers are currently a top-10 offense, but are in the bottom five on the defensive side of the ball. That’s the kind of uneven play that gets you a .500 record through the first quarter of the season.
The Raiders will have Terrelle Pryor back at the helm this week after missing last week due to a concussion. Pryor is not a huge passing threat, but he is dynamic. With the Chargers defense playing poorly a dynamic quarterback could be enough to catch up in week five. Expect an exciting game from both offenses and to see some big plays this week.
Why This Game Is Not Important:
Two 4-0 teams heading the division makes it rough for the Charges to catch up and almost impossible for the Raiders. The Chargers would need for one of the undefeated teams to lose this week to give them hope. A battle for third place is never enjoyable for fans, but the season is young and one of the undefeated could fall off.
Fantasy Players To Watch
Phillip Rivers, QB:
Phillip Rivers is playing some really good football this season. It was thought that Rivers may be at the end of his career, but he is proving everyone wrong. With almost 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns Rivers could have a really nice day against the Raiders.
Darren McFadden, RB:
McFadden could be an elite running back, but he can never stay healthy. Every year someone needs a second running back and takes a shot on McFadden in a middle round. He then has a few good weeks and gets hurt. Everyone stop drafting McFadden.
Antonio Gates, TE:
Another aging Chargers player who seemed that he may be on his way out. Gates is a Hall of Fame type of tight end, and is playing this year like he used to. Those who drafted Gates could rely on him as a starter this week and possibly in the weeks ahead.
Game Details: Sunday, 11:35 PM ET on NFLN @ Oakland
About the Author: Zachary Cintron
Zachary Cintron is a sports blogger who has spent the past two years covering the National Football League (NFL), NCAA football, NCAA lacrosse, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for Sports Unbiased and The Sports Complex (Drexel University’s Sport Management Blog). He also works as a Intramurals Referee in Drexel’s Department of Recreational Athletics. Zach is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport management with a minor in music theory and composition from Drexel in June of 2016. He can be contacted at email@example.com.