That's not good news for Barksdale, a 2011 third-round pick by the Raiders who was swept out in the Reggie McKenzie regime after the death of Al Davis because Barksdale was a power blocker on a team switching to a zone scheme. So, we'll start where we always do, with the offensive line. This weekend the unit has one primary goal: Keep returning starting quarterback Derek Carr healthy.
However, when Luke Kuechly left late in the second quarter following a concussion, the game was turned on its head, and suddenly Wentz was able to find a lot more time on the ball and was able to drive the Eagles into scoring position after scoring position.
Los Angeles isn't much of a threat, but another loss would dig a hole even a returning Carr would struggle to pull his team from. He and his teammates will welcome the Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) to Oakland Coliseum Sunday evening. Standing in at six-foot-four with surprising speed, Williams is the perfect over-the-top outlet for Rivers. He added six catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns and likely won some people cash money in Daily Fantasy.
Joey Bosa's NFL debut was special, as he finished with two sacks and three tackles for loss on the road against the Oakland Raiders in his rookie season a year ago. The Raiders also removed him from their injury report.
Last but not least, can someone please get wide receiver Amari Cooper some stick-em? I can picture him in my mind now, scrambling around, avoiding pressure, as he torches our suspect secondary. Five games into the season, and we still have not seen him play, but he has been steadily working and progressing behind the scenes. Before the season began, many gambling websites were proclaiming that the AFC West would be the toughest division in professional football.
Though he is set to play, fantasy owners should prepare for Carr to be out this week. With a Khalil Mack led defense, the Raiders are well rounded on both sides. Slowing Melvin Gordon and the running game will be a priority. While Carr is one of the better young quarterbacks in the NFL, he's not at 100 percent, and the Chargers should take advantage of that, especially if Carr's mobility is limited.