Week 8 DVOA Ratings - Aaron Schatz
And it would have been worse except... HOLY MACKERAL, THE OAKLAND RAIDERS ARE GOOD NOW! Sorry, that sentence required all caps. Oakland jumped from No. 13 to No. 8 in total DVOA this week, passing such playoff contenders as Seattle and Pittsburgh. The Raiders now rank fifth in offensive DVOA, and specifically they are fifth in pass offense. This is the highest the Raiders have been in DVOA in any single week since their 2002 AFC Championship team.
Week 8 Quick Reads - Vincent Verhei
The Chargers' screen game wasn't working very well against Baltimore. On passes to receivers at or behind the line of scrimmage, Rivers went 10-of-11, but only gained 29 yards and one first down. On all other passes, he went 18-of-25 for 272 yards with 14 first downs, plus two DPIs for 16 more yards and two more first downs.
Chargers moves continue: Danny Woodhead & Corey Liuget on pride & team injuries - Marty Caswell (video)
Not only is Allen’s season lost but the Chargers may be as well. The team also placed running back Branden Oliver on IR with a toe injury and announced that linebacker Tourek Williams’ season was over as well. Williams broke his foot in the pre-season opener versus the Cowboys but the team thought highly enough of him to keep him on the active roster. Williams was making progress in his injury and returned to the practice field last week, although in limited capacity.
Defensive tackle Ryan Carrethers shows nose for the football - Eric Williams
A healthy scratch the first two games of the season, the Chargers slowly worked Carrethers into the defensive line rotation, and he appears to have earned a consistent playing time for the rest of the season.