4 reasons the Oakland Raiders beat the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after Josh Jacobs #28 ran in for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after Josh Jacobs #28 ran in for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Maurice Hurst #73 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after sacking Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears (not pictured) on the last play of the game during the match between the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Maurice Hurst #73 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after sacking Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears (not pictured) on the last play of the game during the match between the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images) /

Raiders run defense against the Chargers

Despite having two solid running backs on their team, the Chargers rushing game has been less than impressive this season, averaging just 79.4 rushing yards per game, one of the worst in the NFL. The return of Melvin Gordon III a few weeks back actually stunted their production running the ball, as Austin Ekeler was nearly unstoppable early on.

On the other hand, the Raiders have one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL, allowing just 92.5 rushing yards per game, one of the best in the NFL. The Chargers are going to have to rely on throwing the ball in this game, negating one of their best players in Melvin Gordon.

Although the Raiders passing defense is bad, the inability to control the clock could hurt the Chargers, and they will give Derek Carr and the Raiders offense too many attempts with the ball to win the game. This game is going to come down to whichever defense steps up on Thursday night, and the Raiders should be able to stop the Chargers run game.