Oakland offensive line VS. Chargers defensive line
One of the biggest strengths this year for the Raiders has been their offensive line. With center Rodney Hudson and right tackle Trent Brown both making the Pro Bowl, and newcomer Richie Incognito making it in as an alternate, they have been as powerful and as dominating as any front line in the league. That all of course hinging on the fact that everyone is healthy. The Raiders have seen Trent Brown miss both of the last two games, leaving struggling second year man Brandon Parker to fill his shoes.
In turn it looks like Parker will have to step up for the remainder of the season, as Jon Gruden announced Wednesday Trent Brown will be placed on IR.
Lining up across from them this week is one of the better defensive end combinations in the league with Joey Bosa on one side and Melvin Ingram on the other. With the duo combining for 15 sacks so far this season, the Raiders offensive line will have their hands full protecting Derek Carr, who has been sacked 6 times in the last 2 games, 4 of them coming in the loss to the Jaguars last week.
The last time these two teams met, the Chargers were able to get to Carr 3 times, two coming from Ingram. Now with Brown on the IR and rookie running back sensation Josh Jacobs already ruled out as well, the offensive line is going to need to play mistake free football if they want to walk out of Los Angeles with a victory.