Chargers vs. Raiders

Chargers vs. Raiders: 3 Offensive X-Factors In Week 13

The Las Vegas Raiders are riding high after two overtime wins and seem to be clicking throughout. Today, they take on one of Raider Nation’s biggest rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers. A victory here would not only mean three straight victories, but it could also spark talk of a possible playoff run. This is the rematch of the season opener and a matchup where these two have traded victories the last couple of seasons, and whoever can claim victory here positions themselves very nicely for the rest of the season. Here are three x-factors on offense for the Raiders to get the victory:

Chargers vs. Raiders: X-Factor No. 1 – Jakob Johnson

If it weren’t for the German-born fullback, there is a chance that Josh Jacobs would not be doing what he’s doing. The former Patriot has created some big lanes throughout the season—just ask the Seahawks—and against a defense that struggles to stop the run, Johnson may be licking his chops. He doesn’t have any true stats aside from three receptions for six yards, but his value to this team is widely known. If he can continue the play, as he has with the superb blocking, then Jacobs may just go untouched against the Bolts.

Chargers vs. Raiders: X-Factor No. 2 – Zamir White

The rookie fourth-round pick has been used sparingly throughout the season. In the matchup with the Seahawks, he was able to show his explosiveness. In just two runs, the former Georgia Bulldog twice rushed for 28 yards. White’s burst was obvious as he wasn’t touched until he reached the second level. With Jacobs nursing an injury, a slightly lighter workload with the assistance of “Zeus” is a welcome sight. The Chargers’ defense could also provide some resistance, which could be a boost for White and help create a two-headed monster to secure a victory.

Chargers vs. Raiders: X-Factor No. 3 – Mack Hollins

The barefoot player, who has become a fan favorite, could have a big game. In Week 1, nobody but Davante Adams seemed to be targeted. Even so, with all eyes on him, Adams lit up the defense. Let’s fast forward to now, and Mack Hollins has developed into a reliable target. With the attention that will focus on “Tae,” “Mack 10” can have a good day. He currently has 40 receptions and three touchdowns.

Go ahead and just ask the Titans what he’s capable of if given the chance. A big game from him could force the Chargers’ defense to change up. If that happens, the focus shifts to the two receivers and Jacobs. At that point, we may be looking at a walkaway victory and not a walk off.

*Top Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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