Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers left tackle King Dunlap (77) defends against Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Matchups to Exploit Against Chargers

Another AFC West opponent the Oakland Raiders need to find matchups against are the San Diego Chargers.  What are some possibilities?

Rod Streater against Jason Verrett

One thing offensive coaches always look for when seeking an advantage against a defense is a size differential.  Typically, getting bigger receivers across from smaller corners results in a positive play.  For the Oakland Raiders, that is one way they can go after the Bolts defense.  Their primary target should be rookie Jason Verrett.  While very athletic, he’s only 5’10” which was the biggest knock on him by scouts.  If the Raiders could get their best receiver, Rod Streater, on Verrett that would give them a height advantage of five inches.  It won’t always work, but it could be of great service on crucial downs and in the end zone.

Justin Tuck against King Dunlap

Oakland understands by now that the key to success for San Diego runs through the right arm of quarterback Philip Rivers.  So that means doing whatever possible to get him on the ground.  In that case it means seeking out the best avenue to reach him.  For the Raiders their best bet may rest with free agent addition Justin Tuck.  Aside from the fact he had 11.5 sacks in 2013, the veteran has some experience dealing with Chargers left tackle King Dunlap.  After all the two have met before, back when Tuck played for the Giants and Dunlap played for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Tuck knows what it takes to beat the massive tackle.

Donald Penn against Corey Liuget

Before his falling out in Tampa Bay, tackle Donald Penn was a Pro Bowler.  His calling card at that time was the ability to blow open running lanes using his massive frame and power.  That is certainly what offensive coordinator Greg Olson is hoping to exploit again with the Oakland Raiders.  His primary opponent against the San Diego Chargers will be defensive end Corey Liuget.  The 24-year old is a versatile player who is always on the field.  While not a pushover when defending the run, he’s more effective as a pass rusher.  Penn has the size advantage in their matchup.  If Liuget proves unwilling to play physical, this is an area the Raiders need to run in.

Tags: Donald Penn Jason Verrett Justin Tuck King Dunlap Oakland Raiders Rod Streater

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