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Sport 5 bold predictions for Raiders against Chargers

11:35  02 october  2021
11:35  02 october  2021 Source:   fansided.com

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The Las Vegas Raiders look to stay undefeated after facing the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4.

  5 bold predictions for Raiders against Chargers © Provided by Fansided

There are only five undefeated teams left entering NFL Week 4, and the Las Vegas Raiders are absolutely one of them.

While all three of their wins have been of the dramatic variety, 3-0 is 3-0. The only other undefeated team in the AFC just so happens to be one of the Raiders' biggest rivals in the Denver Broncos. Of course, if they want to keep the streak alive, the Silver and Black must find a way to win on the road vs. the division rival Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

Here is to these five bold predictions coming true for the Raiders vs. the Chargers on Monday.

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Las Vegas Raiders: 5 bold predictions vs. Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4

5. Hunter Renfrow will lead the team in receiving yards with over 100

Putting up points on this Chargers defense will not be easy, but that is what will be required out of the Raiders offense is they want to get to 4-0. While many people tabbed the Bolts as the second-best team in the AFC West entering this season, the Raiders will have a few things to say about that. However, the Chargers did hand the Kansas City Chiefs their second straight defeat.

So if the Raiders want to stay perfect, they will need to get yards where they can. Given how stout the Chargers are in the secondary, Derek Carr and the passing offense will have to take advantage of the middle of the field. Enter Hunter Renfrow. The slot receiver will have one of his best games in Raiders uniform. Look for him to lead the team in receiving yards with over 100 Monday night.

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While there will be times where Carr will essentially force-feed the ball in Renfrow's direction, that will be what is necessary to move the sticks and keep drives alive. A lot of these completions going his way will not be for big gains, but little becomes big over time. Naturally, Renfrow will have the most receptions of any player in the Raiders receiving corps on Monday Night Football as well.

Look for Renfrow to have around eight receptions for just a tad over 100 yards to lead the way.

4. Peyton Barber will once again be the featured running back for the Raiders

With Josh Jacobs still on the mend, look for Peyton Barber to once again be the featured back for the Silver and Black's rushing attack. The former Auburn star is coming off a big game for him with 23 carries for 111 yards and a rushing touchdown vs. the Miami Dolphins. Yes, this game went well into overtime, but he had nearly three times the carries of former Dolphin Kenyan Drake.

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While we should not expect Barber or any Raiders running back to scamper for over 100 yards on the ground, look for him to get the bulk of the carries until Jacobs is able to return. Should Jacobs be able to return for the Raiders this week, that might change some things, but for the time being, it does not seem like Drake will be the featured back for the Raiders under any capacity this year.

As far as what a potential stat line could look like for Barber, he should have around 15 carries for a tick over 65 yards on the ground. While one may be tempted to start him in fantasy this week, keep in mind this is the final game of the Week 4 slate, and he is not going to match what he did vs. the Dolphins last week. However, he will be getting the bulk of the carries if Jacobs is out.

The Raiders will be a run-first football team for as long as Jon Gruden is their head coach.

3. Carl Nassib will lead the Raiders' pass-rush in sacks vs. the Chargers

One of the best parts of the Raiders this season has been their newfound pass-rush. Yes, a lot of that has to do with bringing in Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator. He knows how to generate pressure without sending extra rushers at the opposing quarterback. While it has been a different guy leading the way each week, look out for Carl Nassib to lead the way with 1.5 sacks.

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One thing that serves the Raiders in this game vs. the Chargers is that Bradley knows where the vulnerabilities are along the Los Angeles offensive line. He can devise pass-rushing concepts that will take advantage of the opposing front-five to confuse second-year pro Justin Herbert. We also should not overlook the Raiders playing a de facto home game in Los Angeles on Monday night.

Even if the Chargers are on their way towards being a good team, there will be a ton of Raiders fans at SoFi Stadium in this game. The crowd will be heavily in the Raiders' favor. On a crucial third down situation, Nassib will get a solo sack of Herbert on his own. Later in the game, Nassib will get credited for a half a sack on a rare all-out pressure by the Raiders' pass-rush. He will play well.

Look for the Raiders to have roughly 3.5 sacks of Herbert on the night in this major rivalry game.

2. Darren Waller hits pay dirt twice in the red zone for the Raiders' offense

It has been established. Darren Waller is one of the very best tight ends in the NFL. His resurgence as a member of the Raiders has been a fantastic storyline. However, he only has one touchdown reception in three games this season for the Silver and Black. Look for him to be a big reason why the Raiders stay alive in a tough spot vs. the Chargers on Monday Night Football this week.

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Though Renfrow will lead the way with receptions and yardage vs. the Bolts, Waller will be an important part of the offense, especially in the red zone. While the new Chargers head coach Brandon Staley will do a great job of denying the ball to Waller between the 20s all evening, he is too talented to be denied in the red zone. Waller scores not one, but two touchdowns this week.

Carr being able to trust Waller on two separate third-and-goal situations will only feed the narrative of this being a very special season for the Raiders. Las Vegas will largely be outplayed by the Chargers in this one, but repeated success on third down and in the red zone will be paramount in the Raiders' attempt to stay perfect. Waller will be the Raiders' hero in this game.

Look for Waller to have around five catches for 65 yards and two huge red-zone touchdown grabs.

1. Raiders will be the last undefeated team in the AFC after Week 4's games

Entering Week 4, there are only five undefeated teams left. Over in the NFC, we have the Arizona Cardinals, the Carolina Panthers and the Los Angeles Rams. In the AFC, it is the Raiders and the Broncos. While we should expect at least a few of these 3-0 teams to lose for the first time this season this week, the Raiders will be the last undefeated team in the AFC heading into Week 5.

This is because the Broncos will face a tough opponent in the Baltimore Ravens. While playing at altitude in the first quarter of the season is tough, the Ravens are battle-tested and will give the Broncos everything they have got. As the Raiders get ready for their Monday night game vs. the Chargers, they will celebrate the Broncos suffering their first loss of the season on Sunday.

Of course, the Raiders will have to do their part and take care of business on Monday night. In another thrilling game, Las Vegas feeds off the visiting home crowd and defeats the Chargers by 10 points. The Chargers will try to orchestrate a game-winning drive down a field goal, but a poorly-thrown football by Herbert will result in a game-clinching pick-six for the Silver and Black.

While the Raiders have plenty to improve on, they will be 4-0 after the first quarter of the season.

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