Give the Chargers a long field each possession
An underrated part of the Raiders’ season has been the great play of its punter Marquette King. He is getting great hang time on his punts, as well as booming kicks deep into the other team’s territory. His strong leg has helped mask inefficiencies in this team defensively by putting the opposition in a long field.
Sure, the Chargers have the offensive firepower with Philip Rivers under center to go the length of the field from any distance. However, it’s better to have Rivers start drives inside his own 15 than past his own 25.
Rivers and the Chargers will presumably turn the football over. This is what they do. The more space you give the Chargers offense to operate, the more likely they’ll mismanage the football and give it to the Raiders.
Factor in the crowd noise of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and it will definitely be one of the loudest of 16 road games Los Angeles will play this year. Football truly is a game of battling for field position. Giving the Chargers less than opportune places to start drives from could be huge in a Raiders’ Week 6 victory.