State rivals meet in Oakland

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Oct 14, 2005

Scouts Inc.: Two high-powered teams with different offensive philosophies look to avoid falling into an insurmountable hole in the AFC West. The common denominator is the teams' two explosive running backs -- LaDainian Tomlinson and LaMont Jordan. Thanks to a win over the Cowboys and the bye week, the Raiders should be playing with a lot of confidence heading into a must-win game. Head coach Norv Turner must be patient with the running game to set-up the pass against critical mismatches in the Chargers' secondary.
The Chargers know they let one slip away on Monday Night, but they will stick to their gameplan of pounding the ball to set up the play-action pass against a team that must come up with creative ways to slow down the Chargers passing attack, led by TE Antonio Gates. QB Drew Brees must be patient against a Raiders' secondary that has given up a lot of explosive plays in the passing game. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will need to come up with creative ways to offset the explosive playmakers on the perimeter by the Raiders.