Chargers vs. Raiders matchups, start time, how to watch

Breakdown of how the Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders get into their game Sunday at 1:25 p.m. PDT at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The game will be shown on CBS.

When Chargers have the ball: During the offseason, while rebuilding their defense, the Chargers only tinkered with their offense. They brought in new starters at tight end (Gerald Everett), right guard (Zion Johnson) and fullback (Zander Horvath), with passer Trey Pipkins III taking over at right tackle. The Chargers also added depth by running back into Sony Michel after their initial 53-man roster was settled. There was no reason for a significant change after Justin Herbert led the Chargers to top-five finishes in points and total yards. More of the same is expected this season. “There’s no drama, is there?” Running back Austin Ekeler said he has a certainty like Herbert running the offense. “We don’t have the media talking about, ‘Who’s the quarterback? What do you do? What’s happening?’ None of them. It’s all right.” Ekeler is coming off a 20-touchdown season, and wideouts Keenan Allen and Mike Williams both surpassed 1,100 receiving yards. Williams also provided one in 2021 with five go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter or overtime NFL single-season record.”He’s a guy the quarterbacks trust a lot,” said offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. “He doesn’t have to be open to be open.”Notable: Has in 10 career games against the Raiders Williams just one touchdown.

When Raiders have the ball: Davante Adams has done a lot in his career, but the one thing he hasn’t done is play the Chargers. This is only the second time a Chargers defense has had to contend with Adams, Las Vegas’ most important offseason takeover. In early November 2019, Adams had seven receptions for 41 yards with a long catch of just nine yards as the Chargers defeated Green Bay 26-11 at then-StubHub Center. Still Chargers coach Brandon Staley called Adams “one of the elite and specialty players in the league,” before pointing out the myriad ways Adams can beat a defense. The man responsible for getting Adams the ball is quarterback Derek Carr, who finished the 2021 regular season with just 15 completions and 210 fewer passing yards than Herbert, who earned Pro Bowl honors. But Herbert had 15 more touchdown passes than Carr. “People who know what they’re talking about, they know Derek is an outstanding player,” Staley said. “He’s as good a passer as just his shot. He has a really pure punch. He’s very, very accurate. It has a quick release. He’s as perceptive on the line of scrimmage as they can get.”

When they kick: Dustin Hopkins is returning for the Chargers after scoring 18 of 20 field goals and 30 of 32 extra points in 11 games last season. But they have a new punter (JK Scott), a long snapper (Josh Harris), and a returnee (DeAndre Carter). The Raiders’ Daniel Carlson made 40 of 43 field goal attempts in 2021 and had a franchise-record 150 points. He led the NFL with five game-winning kicks in the fourth quarter or later. His 47-yarder in the final game of overtime in Week 18 saved the Chargers from playoff contention.

Jeff Miller’s prediction: This could be one of the most emotional games of the NFL regular season given how these teams fared against each other in 2021. There have been extensive roster changes at both sides, but there are still plenty of players who were on the field right on the Strip that last Sunday night in January.

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