THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW
Week 15 of the 2020 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, December 17 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon), as the Los Angeles Chargers make their first visit to Allegiant Stadium to face the Las Vegas Raiders in a late-season AFC West matchup. This will mark the 122nd regular-season meeting in the rivalry, with the Raiders holding a 65-54-2 advantage and winning the past three meetings. In Week 9 of this season, Las Vegas erased a halftime deficit to defeat the Chargers, 31-26. The Raiders combined for 160 rushing yards and quarterback DEREK CARR passed for two touchdowns with zero interceptions in the victory.
Carr enters Week 15 having recorded at least 315 passing yards, two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in each of his past two games. He aims for his fifth-consecutive game against the Chargers without an interception. In his past three starts on Thursday Night Football, Carr has four touchdown passes with zero interceptions for a 100.1 rating. Last week, running back JOSH JACOBS recorded 74 scrimmage yards (49 rushing, 25 receiving). In Week 9, Jacobs rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. He aims for his third in a row against Los Angeles and fifth in a row against the AFC West with a rushing touchdown. The second-year back has recorded at least 100 scrimmage yards in three of four career games in primetime. Tight end DARREN WALLER had seven catches for 75 yards last week and in Week 13, became the fourth tight end in NFL history to record at least 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a single game. Waller had a touchdown reception in the teams’ Week 9 meeting and his seven receiving touchdowns this season are a career high. He ranks second among tight ends in 2020 with 84 catches and 817 receiving yards. Defensive end MAXX CROSBY had a sack in Week 9 and has recorded a sack in four of his five past games against the division.
Last week, Los Angeles kicker MICHAEL BADGLEY connected on a 43-yard field goal as time expired to give the Chargers a 20-17 victory over Atlanta after erasing a halftime deficit. Rookie quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT completed 36 of 44 passes (career-high 81.8 completion percentage) for 243 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a 95.4 rating in the victory. He became the fourth rookie in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes. With three touchdown passes on Thursday night, Herbert will surpass BAKER MAYFIELD (27 touchdown passes in 2018) for the most-ever by a rookie. In Week 9 against Las Vegas, he passed for 326 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 105.9 rating. Running back AUSTIN EKELER recorded 146 scrimmage yards (79 rushing, 67 receiving) last week, his fourth game with at least 125 scrimmage yards this season, joining DERRICK HENRY as the only AFC running backs with at least four such games in 2020. Wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN had a touchdown catch in Week 14 and has recorded a touchdown reception in six of his past seven games. He aims for his 10th in a row against the Raiders with at least five catches. Allen ranks second in the NFL with 99 catches and has 623 receptions in 99 career games, the most by a player in his first 100 games in league history. Defensive end JOEY BOSA has recorded a sack in five of six career games against the Raiders.
Adding to television availability, several streaming options will be available to fans. FOX Thursday Night Football games will be available to stream on Amazon via Prime Video and Twitch in addition to NFL, FOX and FOX Deportes digital properties across devices.* During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.
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