By The Associated Press
OAKLAND (6-9) vs LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-7)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE - Chargers by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 5-8-2, Los Angeles 7-6-2
SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 63-51-2
LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Raiders 17-16, Oct. 15
LAST WEEK - Eagles beat Raiders 19-10; Chargers beat Jets 14-7
AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 22, Chargers No. 13
RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (25), PASS (17).
RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (13), PASS (21).
CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (24), PASS (3).
CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (32), PASS (3).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 117th meeting in rivalry dating to 1960, when Los Angeles Chargers faced Oakland Raiders twice in their AFL debut seasons. ... Chargers still can make playoffs if they beat Oakland and two other results go their way in simultaneous games. ... Raiders get first game in 23 years in LA area, which they called home from 1982-94. They won LA's only Super Bowl title and became wildly popular during 13-season stint in Southland. Most of StubHub Center crowd is expected to be wearing Silver and Black. ... Raiders trying to split season series after losing nail-biter in Oakland in October, snapping four-game winning streak against Bolts. ... Raiders' offense has struggled all season, scoring more than 17 points in only six games. Raiders are 6-0 in those games. ... QB David Carr ranks 15th in NFL with 3,253 yards passing and 20th with 232.4 yards per game while dealing with broken bones in his back. His inability to match production of past two seasons has doomed Oakland. ... DE Khalil Mack has 10 1-2 sacks, still playing hard late in lost season. ... Raiders defensive coordinator John Pagano spent past 15 years on Chargers' coaching staff, including past five seasons as defensive coordinator. He replaced Ken Norton Jr. with Raiders five games ago. ... Pagano's successor with Bolts, Gus Bradley, has immediately put together tough unit. Chargers rank third in NFL with 17.5 points allowed per game. ... Regardless of playoff fate, Chargers victory would clinch winning record after 0-4 start to relocation season. ... Chargers have won four straight at StubHub Center after 0-3 start in new temporary home. Recent crowds have been distinctively pro-Bolts, but that's likely to change Sunday. ... Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was Raiders coach Jack Del Rio's running backs coach in Jacksonville in 2003. ... QB Philip Rivers putting finishing touches on impressive bounce-back season. Ranks third in NFL with 4,128 yards passing. Also has 25 TD passes for 10th straight season. He will become NFL's ninth QB to surpass 50,000 career yards with 39 against Oakland. ... Could be TE Antonio Gates' final regular-season game, although he hasn't said for sure. He already holds NFL record for TD catches by tight end (114) and is franchise's career leader in catches, yards receiving and TD catches. ... RB Melvin Gordon plans to play despite ankle injury. He became Chargers' first 1,000-yard back since 2013 last week. ... Pro Bowl WR Keenan Allen needs eight catches to set Chargers single-season record with 101 receptions, passing LaDainian Tomlinson's 100 in 2003. ... Bolts are one of three teams with five players getting at least four sacks. Pro Bowl selection Joey Bosa (11 1-2) and Melvin Ingram (10) lead way. ... Chargers' plus-10 turnover margin is NFL's fifth best this season and club's best since 2007. Fantasy Tip: Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is going against NFL's worst rush defense, and Beast Mode has ample motivation to finish strong. He needs 10 yards to reach 800, triggering $600,000 bonus, and is 98 yards from 10,000 for his career.
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Updated December 28, 2017