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Preview: Chargers at Raiders

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Terrelle Pryor will be back under center when the Oakland Raiders host the San Diego Chargers in an AFC West duel Sunday night. While Pryor returns missing the last game with concussion-like symptoms, the Raiders will look to snap a two-game skid without possibly having the services of their top two running backs - both of whom were injured last week. Oakland lost Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece before losing a 14-0 lead against the Redskins a week ago.

Meanwhile, Philip Rivers appears to have resurrected his fading career in San Diego. Rivers threw for 401 yards, including the 200th touchdown pass of his career, as the Chargers rallied past Dallas last week. San Diego has dominated this series in recent years winning 16 of the last 19 meetings.

TV: 11:35 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Chargers -4. O/U: 45.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (2-2): San Diego and its already-suspect defense lost linebacker Dwight Freeney for the rest of the season with a torn quadriceps last week. With the previous loss of edge-rusher Melvin Ingram, Freeney's injury could be crippling for the Chargers, who still managed to blank Dallas in the second half on the way to a come-from-behind 30-21 victory. Despite missing star receiver Malcom Floyd (neck), Rivers and the San Diego passing game is ranked fifth in the NFL as receiver Eddie Royal (five) and tight end Antonio Gates (two) have already combined for seven receiving touchdowns.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (1-3): McFadden is questionable with a hamstring injury and Reece is listed as doubtful with a knee injury. Their possible absence will force third-stringer Rashad Jennings into action and put a bigger onus on the unproven shoulders of Pryor, who was fairly impressive throwing for 624 yards and rushing for 198 more in his first three starts of the season. Last week's starter, Matt Flynn, was ripped by coach Dennis Allen after the game and demoted all the way to third string.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The game was switched to an 11:35 p.m. ET start time to accommodate the Oakland Athletics' playoff game on Saturday and give time for the stadium to be transitioned into a football configuration.

2. Manti Te'o made his NFL debut last week for San Diego and made three tackles.

3. Oakland is also missing center Stefen Wisniewski with a knee injury.

PREDICTION: San Diego 28, Oakland 21

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