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Keenan Allen Doesn't Practice Friday: Chargers Injury Report

In troubling news, Keenan Allen was downgraded from getting in a limited practice session Thursday to a DNP Friday. Allen's status didn't appear to be in much doubt before today, but getting downgraded late in the week is never a good sign. He appears genuinely questionable to play and it may come down to a game time decision. For what it's worth, coach Anthony Lynn said he's "hopeful" Allen will play, but was purposefully vague.

Right tackle Joe Barksdale and defensive tackle Corey Liuget both missed practice as well and seem 50/50 to play. If any of those three miss the game it will be a pretty huge loss. Melvin Gordon is listed as questionable but has practiced each day and will definitely start. The Chargers aren't exactly the picture of health but they're a lot better off than this week's opponent the Denver Broncos, who enter the game with multiple injuries to key players.

Around the AFC West: Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs recap

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Each week I'll be taking a look at the happenings of the rest of the ACF West with a look at each teams previous game and any injury news/transactions/players to watch that could impact the Chargers. With all three other AFC West teams losing, the Chargers gained a full game on everyone in the division, making up some much needed ground. They now sit in third place in the division, ahead of the Raiders because of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Raiders:

1.Their Game:

As you probably know by now, the Chargers beat the Raiders in Oakland 17-16. You can read my full recap of the game here. Nick Novak kicked a last second field goal that gave the Chargers their second win of the season. Derek Carr looked out of sync in his return from a back injury and may not have been fully healthy. He stuck mostly to quick reads and check downs and completed just one pass of more than 15 yards.

The Raiders were seen by many as a possible super bowl contender before the season started, but now sit at 2-…

Film Study: The Chargers Finally Featured Hunter Henry And It Was Beautiful

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I and others have been beating the drum for it all season, and on Sunday Hunter Henry was finally fully utilized and made a part of the game plan. He played a season high 83% of the offensive snaps and caught five balls for 90 yards on seven targets. His snaps have risen each week of the season going from 39% in week one to 56%, 56%, 61%, 75%, and finally now 83% the past five weeks. Anthony Lynn is finally coming around and doing what's best for the team by reducing Antonio Gates' role and increasing Henry's.

Henry is a dynamic playmaker, and one of the most efficient tight ends in the league. Tight end is a notoriously difficult position to adjust to at the NFL level and as such tight ends usually barely do anything their first year in the league. That wasn't the case for Henry as a rookie who, while splitting snaps with Gates, still had an amazing season. He caught eight touchdowns and had the sixth most yards per target of any tight end in the league with 9.01 YPT.

Chargers To Wear Powder Blues On Sunday

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It was announced today that the Chargers, for the first time all season, will wear the powder-blue alternate uniforms during their game Sunday against the Broncos. The uniforms have long been a fan favorite and are widely regarded as some of the best uniforms in sports.

With the Chargers struggling to get fans to come to the new stadium and provide anything resembling a home field advantage, anything they can do to spark some excitement is huge.

Another Last Second Finish As Chargers Pick Up 2nd Win

The Chargers continued their years long trend of having every game decided in the final two minutes in thrilling fashion, this time winning by one in Oakland. Nick Novak missed his first attempt but came through from 32 yards as time expired for the Chargers' 2nd win of the season.

It wasn't always pretty, and the Chargers failed to capitalize on several big opportunities, but they did enough to get the win. They're now tied with the Raiders at 2-4, and firmly back in the AFC playoff picture.

Philip Rivers was under siege for most of the day, facing an aggressive pass rush that was blowing by the Chargers makeshift offensive line. Kenny Wiggins and Joe Barksdale both left with injuries but soon returned. When Rivers had time to throw he was money, spreading the ball around to everybody. As I detailed in my breakdown of the Raiders, they would need to get Hunter Henry involved, and they finally started to feature him. He had five catches for 90 yards on seven targets, inclu…

Opposition Research: Breaking Down The Raiders

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The Chargers will play their third division game of the season tomorrow, when they travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders. There was some concern that the game wouldn't be able to be played in Oakland due to the Bay Area fires and resulting poor air quality, but it will go on as scheduled. If the Chargers can get a win they'll move into a tie with the Raiders for third place in the AFC West and resurrect their season.

The Raiders, hailed by many as a super bowl contender, find themselves in the midst of a three game skid after starting off 2-0. The Raiders have been plagued by a leaky defense and the inability to get their run game going. They will get the much needed return of Derek Carr after he missed last week's game against the Ravens with a back injury. Here's what the Chargers can expect on both sides of the ball:

OFFENSE:

Coming into the season, Oakland's offense was expected by most to be one of the top units in the league. They returned almost all of the…

Opponent Injury Report: Derek Carr Returns

Confirming what has long been expected, Derek Carr will officially start on Sunday against the Chargers after a one game absence. His return will be a much needed boost to a suddenly struggling offense. E.J. Manuel unsurprisingly struggled to move the ball in his spot start against the Ravens last week. Carr will be playing at less than 100% but it's unclear if the injury will limit his effectiveness at all. Carr returning will get the headlines, but the Raiders are very banged up on the other side of the ball.

The Raiders first round pick, cornerback Gareon Conley, will miss the game with a shin injury. It'll be the third straight missed game for Conley and his absence is making matters worse for an already abysmal Raiders secondary. Conley has overall looked pretty good when he's been on the field this year.

The Raiders' best corner, David Amerson, is questionable with a shoulder injury. He missed last week's game against the Ravens with it and appears around 50/…