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San Diego Chargers (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (1-3)

Sunday, 11:35 p.m. ET, at o.Co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. - TV: NFL Network

*TV announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

*Keys to the game: The Chargers get another close-up of Terrelle Pryor, who is averaging 7.8 yards per carry and might not have Darren McFadden (hamstring) or Marcel Reece (knee) on whom to lean in the backfield. Pryor had two touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown and lost 24-21 in his NFL debut last December at San Diego. Reece or Rashad Jennings are the top candidates to start Sunday in the Raiders' run-heavy offense (third in the AFC in rushing with 550 yards). To keep the Chargers within shouting distance, Pryor and WR Denarius Moore will target Shareece Wright and Derek Cox in man coverage. The Chargers will try to try jump on the Raiders early to minimize Pryor as a running threat. QB Philip Rivers has been playing well and the Raiders secondary has soft spots. Rivers' offensive line isn't a stone wall, and three backups could start Sunday night. The rotation of Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Brown and Ryan Mathews has been enough to protect Rivers from sell-out blitzes. Woodhead caught two touchdown passes last week and has 22 receptions on the season.

*Matchup to watch - Chargers TE Antonio Gates vs. Raiders S Charles Woodson: Potential Hall of Famers match up in arguably the most important individual matchup in Sunday's game. Gates is coming off of a 10-catch, 136-yard showing last week against Dallas.

*Player spotlight - Chargers WR Keenan Allen: With veteran Malcom Floyd going on injured reserve, Allen's role will only grow. He would like to shine at Oakland; he attended college at nearby Cal. Last week Allen had five catches for 80 yards, and early-season star Eddie Royal has only five targets in the past two games.

*Fast facts: The Chargers have won 16 of the past 19 meetings. ... For the second consecutive season, the Raiders' defense enters Week 5 with zero interceptions.


Philip Rivers and Company pick apart the one-dimensional Raiders, who aren't built for a rally.

*Our pick: Chargers 29-16

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