TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: San Diego Chargers At Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers v San Diego Chargers
Washington Redskins v Oakland Raiders
Quarterback
Winner Philip Rivers is in the midst of a sensational year, but few are noticing because of Peyton Manning’s record-setting start. He was at his best in the Chargers’ Week Four win over the Cowboys as he completed 35-of-42 passes for 401 yards. Rivers has always been a confident thrower, but he is tempering that with intelligence.
Matt Flynn got the start in Week Four against the Redskins, and he can be a competent leader if Terrelle Pryor can’t play in this game. Flynn is a solid pocket passer but he is going to have a tough time getting away if the Chargers can put pressure on him. Pryor has escapability and he can throw the ball well on the run.
Offense
Winner The Chargers are getting just enough from Ryan Matthews in the running game to keep opposing defenses honest. He runs hard between the tackles but he is not a breakaway threat. Tight end Antonio Gates had a sensational game against the Cowboys with 10 catches for 136 yards and a score. Danny Woodhead gets open and Rivers will find him.
The Raiders would like to see Darren McFadden take over and deliver a 100-yard rushing effort. However, he has a hamstring strain and is unlikely to play. Rashad Jennings is an adequate backup because he can run effectively and catch passes. Denarius Moore has the speed to get downfield and make an occasional big play.
Defense
The Chargers have shown the ability to limit big plays this season. That came into play against Dallas as the Cowboys did not have a play from scrimmage longer than 34 yards. Defensive end Corey Liuget had five tackles against the Cowboys and also had 1.0 sack as he flashed his quickness. Linebacker Donald Butler is a hard hitter coming off an eight-tackle effort.
Winner The Raiders are not a sophisticated defense, but they are hustling and playing with excellent effort. Linebacker Nick Roach has proved to be a solid acquisition as he has the kind of range needed to break up plays. He had seven tackles and a forced fumble against the Redskins. Safety Charles Woodson still has something left in the tank after recording seven stops and 1.0 sack vs. Washington.
Special Teams
The Chargers have been decent in their coverage teams. They believe that either Eddie Royal or Woodhead can give them a big return. Nick Novak is proving to be one of the league’s more dependable placekickers, while Mike Scifres knows how to drop his punts in the opponent’s 20.
Winner The Raiders have struggled in punt and kickoff coverage, but they blocked a punt for a touchdown vs. the Redskins. Sebastian Janikowski missed a field goal attempt in Week Four vs. Washington, but he still has excellent leg strength. Marquette King averaged 44.9 yards per punt in Week Four.

We'll Just Call it a Tie

San Francisco 49ers v San Diego Chargers Washington Redskins v Oakland Raiders

The Chargers are determined to change their defeatist persona, and that’s the main reason they fired Norv Turner at the end of last season and brought in Mike McCoy, The Chargers are 2-2, but they could easily be 4-0 if they could have finished off games against Houston and Tennessee. They appear to be stronger than the Raiders.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants breaks a tackle by Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins in the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against Everson Griffen #97 and Tom Johnson #92 of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st half during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    Week 4 Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants At Minnesota Vikings

    The Vikings defense has annihilated every opponent so far. Can they do it to the explosive Giants offense this week?

  2. KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Center Mitch Morse #61 of the Kansas City Chiefs prepares to snap the ball to Alex Smith #11 at Arrowhead Stadium during the second quarter of the game against the New York Jets on September 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes against  Bennie Logan #96 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
    Week 4 Tale Of The Tape: Kansas City Chiefs At Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Chiefs and Steelers battle it out in a match-up of AFC playoff contenders.

  3. ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Running back Carlos Hyde #28 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 37-18.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Week 4 Tale Of The Tape: Dallas Cowboys At San Francisco 49ers

    The Cowboys have been rolling with rookie QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. They look to continue that momentum this week.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Play.It
Follow Us On Twitter

Listen Live