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Carr, Raiders look to introduce Herbert to AFC West rivalry

Looking to stay undefeated in the AFC West, Las Vegas turns its attention to Los Angeles, the Chargers and the new SoFi Stadium.

For the first time in their new stadium, the Chargers will reignite an age-old rivalry with the Raiders Sunday, Nov. 8.

The Raiders are 3-1 when they play away from Allegiant Stadium.

Currently, Vegas sits second in the division behind the Kansas City Chiefs at 4-3.

Last week, the Raiders handed the Cleveland Browns their first home loss of the season.

Next week, Vegas will host another division foe, this time, the Denver Broncos.

On the other hand, the Chargers are last in the division at 2-5 after losing to the Broncos by one-point last week.

Next week, Los Angeles heads to Miami to take on the Dolphins.

Las Vegas is expected to have safety Johnathan Abram back after he was a full-participant in practice on Friday.

However, the team is expected to be without multiple defensive players including defensive end Arden Key and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.

In addition, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and safety Jeff Heath are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

The Raiders aren’t the only team battling injuries as the Chargers will have their fair share of missing pieces on the defensive side of the ball.

Former first round pick and defensive end Joey Bosa is listed as doubtful for Los Angeles with a concussion.

Cornerbacks Casey Hayward, Brandon Facyson, safety Jaleel Addae and defensive end Isaac Rochell are all listed as questionable ahead of the division matchup.

While many questions for the two team’s defenses linger, fans won’t have to question what quarterback matchup they’ll be watching.

Sunday will mark the first meeting between rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and Vegas quarterback Derek Carr.

Herbert is starting in his first season in the NFL after taking over for Tyrod Taylor in week two due to a punctured lung.

In his first season, Herbert has completed 67 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,820 yards and 15 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

He is the first player in NFL history with 15 touchdown passes through the first six starts of his career.

While Herbert will be making his first start against the Raiders, Carr will be making his 13th start against the Chargers, which ties the most starts for him against any team (Kansas City is the other).

Coming into this one, Carr has a 6-6 overall record against the Chargers completing 66 percent of his passes, throwing for nearly 3,000 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

However, Carr did set an NFL record for fourth quarter comebacks in his last outing against Los Angeles, with 18.

This season, he’s completing 71 percent of his passes with 1,837 passing yards to go along with 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Quick Notes

Earlier this week, Las Vegas was fined and were confiscated a draft pick due to COVID violations.

The franchise was fined $500K, taxed a sixth round draft pick in next year’s NFL draft and head coach Jon Gruden was fined an additional $150K.

Penalties came down after “brazen and repeated” offenses by the Raiders.

This comes after the team was already fined $250K and Gruden another $100K after violating COVID regulations in week two.

In addition to another $50K for having an uncredentialed employee in the locker room postgame.

Earlier this season, tight end Darren Waller was fined $30K while Carr and eight others were fined $15K for violations during a charity event in early October.

In total, Las Vegas has been fined nearly $1.2M in COVID violations.

All-Time Stats

The Raiders lead the all-time series 64-54-2.

Las Vegas swept the season series last year by a combined point differential of nine.

Before that, the Chargers were 4-0 against the Raiders dating back to 2017.

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