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How to watch, what to watch for Raiders vs. Chargers in Week 9

The Raiders and Chargers face off in Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season. We break down how to watch the game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.

Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders passes against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 1, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

One of the best rivalries on the NFL’s West Coast will be rekindled Sunday when the Las Vegas Raiders step back into California to take on the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Raiders (4-3) escaped Cleveland with a 16-6 victory in Week 8. The windy conditions kept offense at premium. The Raiders rode running back Josh Jacobs all day long as he logged 128 yards on 31 carries. The game’s only touchdown was a four-yard pass from QB Derek Carr to wideout Hunter Renfrow.

The Chargers (2-5) found yet another way to waste a double-digit lead in Week 8. They led 24-10 in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos, but a TD pass by Denver’s Drew Lock on the last play of the game cemented a 31-30 defeat and the Chargers’ place in history as the first team to squander leads of 16 points or more in four consecutive games. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert continued to impress as he threw three touchdowns, although he did have the first multi-interception game of his career. Keenan Allen, as expected, was Herbert’s favorite target as he caught nine of 11 targets for 67 yards and a score. Justin Jackson was the leader of the Chargers’ three-man backfield. He gained 142 total yards on 20 touches.

TV Info

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Channel: FOX
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Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)

Raiders: #24 Overall — #13 offense, #31 defense, #24 special teams
Chargers: #19 Overall — #11 offense, #15 defense, #32 special teams

DraftKings Sportsbook odds

Raiders: +1, -106
Chargers: -1, -115
Total: 53

Fantasy football start/sit advice

Raiders

Josh Jacobs, RB, $6,300

Jacobs has scored just twice since Week 1 — he broke the plane twice in Week 5 versus Kansas City. Be aware that he may not hit paydirt this week as the Chargers have allowed just two scores on the ground to RBs this season.

Darren Waller, TE, $5,800

Waller has the second-highest price tag of any tight end on the DraftKings slate. He will do battle against a Chargers defense that permitted four TE touchdowns from Weeks 2-5 and another one last weekend. Waller is definitely good enough to return value, even at this price.

Chargers

Justin Herbert, QB, $6,800

The Raiders allowed only a couple of field goals to the Browns, but don’t let that fool you; this is still one of the league’s softest pass defenses. Herbert has accounted for at least three touchdowns in four straight games, and Las Vegas gave up 10 scores to quarterbacks in its three games immediately prior to last weekend.

Justin Jackson, RB, $4,900

After he was lightly used in Week 7, Jackson got the ball 20 times against the Broncos, easily out-touching Joshua Kelley (8) while Troymaine Pope came out of nowhere to get 15 touches. So, this is still a timeshare that is split possibly three ways. However, the Raiders have permitted the sixth-most DraftKings points to RBs this season, and Jackson is very affordable for someone with 20-touch upside.