Raiders at Chargers: Reasons why Las Vegas wins in Week 1
Raiders run game will be too much to handle in Week 1
The Raiders will utilize the run game heavy to attack the Chargers defense, testing there new interior defensive line additions, seeing if the leaky run defense from a year ago has been fixed or not. The downhill north and south nature of Josh McDaniels offenses in New England uses a lot power and counter concepts out of his gap heavy scheme.
The fresh bodies will wear down the Chargers line, making it tough for Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack to tee off on Derek Carr while having to account for downhill 11,21,12 personnel run groupings from the Raiders. Josh Jacobs has to prove to McDaniels he is built for this system as RB1, as the Raiders did not pick up his fifth-year option. This game and the rest of the season will be crucial for his role on this team.
Josh Jacobs has shown glimpses of a top 10 back, and he will get every opportunity to prove that he is among one of the best backs in the league. With a new scheme, Jacobs will be able to attack the questionable run defense of the Chargers, while having the comfort of Zamir White and Brandon Bolden to lighten his load in Week 1.