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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) and tight end Gerald Everett (7) celebrate their game-winning two-point conversion against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 25-24. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


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Las Vegas Raiders running back Brandon Bolden (34) and running back Josh Jacobs (28) celebrate after an overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)


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Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) tackles Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) for a loss on the play during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 25-24. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


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Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler runs as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson (20) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 25-24. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


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Las Vegas Raiders running back Ameer Abdullah carries against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)


LAS VEGAS (AP) When the Los Angeles Chargers last came to Las Vegas, a tie would have put them and the Raiders in the playoffs.

Both teams looked as though they were heading there together in overtime last January - before the Raiders decided to go alone with a 47-yard field goal as time expired.

Now the Chargers are back to play the Raiders on Sunday, and only one team appears to be playoff contention. Los Angeles and the New England Patriots, each 6-5, are just outside the postseason picture. The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets, each 7-4, are just inside.

That's not the case for Las Vegas, which at 4-7 is trying to work its way to .500 after consecutive overtime road victories.

''You look closer to that record and how the games have actually been played, I think they've lost six games by one score,'' Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. ''You know that this is a dangerous team from the first time we played them, and they're still a dangerous team.''

The Chargers won the first meeting 24-19 in the season opener after holding off a late Raiders rally. Los Angeles has since dealt with injuries to players such as linebacker Joey Bosa and wide receiver Mike Williams, and the Raiders underperformed expectations.

''The depth of their roster has really been challenged, and they've used a lot of people,'' Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said of the Chargers. ''They've gone in there and played good football. I don't say it's a completely different team, but there are some changes from the first time we played them three months ago to now.

''So a lot of our focus is going to be on just getting familiar with the people that we're going to be lined up against, which is a little different than the first game.''

A BAD RUN

The Chargers have allowed at least 157 rushing yards in five straight games and six 100-yard rushers on the season. It doesn't get any easier this week with Josh Jacobs.

The fourth-year running back has only one 100-yard game in six meetings, but that came in last year's Week 18 overtime thriller in Las Vegas.

Jacobs rushed for 57 yards in the Week 1 meeting, but averaged 5.7 yards per carry. The Chargers are giving up 5.44 yards per carry, which is the highest a team has allowed in its first 11 games since the merger.

''They know how to run the ball. They have an identity. They have tight ends who can block, which makes the running game go a lot better,'' Staley said. ''You can't block everything perfectly, you have to have running backs that can create on their own. Josh is as good as anybody at that because he can make you miss and he can run through you. He's a very dangerous player. They've really established a consistency in that phase.''

FINDING ANOTHER GEAR

Justin Herbert hasn't had a 300-yard passing game since Week 4 at Houston, but the passing attack is beginning to show signs of progress with Keenan Allen in the lineup the past two games.

Allen has 10 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown since returning from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss seven of the first nine games. Allen originally sustained the injury during the first half against the Raiders on Sept. 11.

Williams is dealing with an ankle injury, which has prevented the Chargers from going downfield consistently. But Herbert is being able to throw more on intermediate 10- to 20-yard routes since Allen's return compared to mainly checking it down near the line of scrimmage, which was the case for two games when both Allen and Williams were out of the lineup.

Running back Austin Ekeler continues to be a scoring threat with 12 touchdowns, including five receiving. He is also Herbert's most-trusted target with 80 receptions, the most by a running back through 11 games in NFL history.

NOT FRIENDS THIS WEEK

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr and Los Angeles defensive end Khalil Mack were once teammates with the Raiders.

Mack has bragging rights in their relationship after sacking Carr three times in the opener.

''At the end the day, we're friends,'' Carr said. ''We'll be friends forever. He's one of my favorite teammates I've ever had, one of my closest friends have ever had playing football.

''Not this week, obviously.''

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

The Chargers' special teams, which has made huge strides under coach Ryan Ficken.

Despite having to use three kickers, Los Angeles has made 18 straight field goals. The punt coverage unit has also allowed a league-low 3.9 yards per return.

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AP Sports Writer Joe Reedy in Los Angeles contributed.

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Starts, Sits and Sleepers: Week 13

Player Notes
Treylon Burks Dec 1 8:20pm ET
Treylon Burks

Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks (illness) popped up on the injury report on Thursday when he missed practice due to an illness. Burks will most likely play in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it's worth keeping an eye on his status leading up to Sunday's game. The 22-year-old rookie has missed some time due to injury in his first NFL season and has played in only seven games, but he's becoming a bigger part of the offense in the second half of the season. Burks has arguably the most upside of any Titans receiver at this point and has caught 11 of his 14 targets for 181 yards in the last two weeks. If Burks is active this weekend, he'll have some nice WR3/flex upside in a game in which Tennessee could be forced to throw more than they'd like.

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Darius Slayton Dec 1 8:20pm ET
Darius Slayton

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (illness) was added to this week's injury report on Thursday when he missed practice due to an illness. There's still a good chance that Slayton will be able to play in Week 13 against the Washington Commanders, but it's something fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on heading into Sunday's contest. The 25-year-old has turned into the Giants' top receiving threat in a run-first offense this year. In 10 games, he has caught 27 of his 44 targets for 476 yards and only two touchdowns. In half-point PPR scoring, Slayton isn't even a top-50 fantasy receiver, giving him low upside as a WR3/flex in starting fantasy lineups this weekend if he's active.

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David Njoku Dec 1 8:10pm ET
David Njoku

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (knee) missed his second straight day of practice this week on Thursday. On top of it, Njoku is also dealing with a new knee injury than the one that caused him to miss several games earlier this season. He could still return to practice on Friday and have a shot at playing in Week 13 against the Houston Texans, but it's not looking good right now. Fantasy managers that were planning on starting him this weekend should be looking for backup options at this time. If the 26-year-old cannot play, Harrison Bryant and Pharaoh Brown would see more usage at the position in quarterback Deshaun Watson's season debut against his old squad.

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Matthew Wright Dec 1 7:50pm ET
Matthew Wright

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Matthew Wright will head on the road to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Atlanta is allowing the 12th-most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers while their defense is allowing 330.5 yards per game, the fifth-most in the league. That should lead to plenty of kicking chances for Wright, although the Pittsburgh offense has not been able to move the ball consistently enough to support their kicker in fantasy. Treat Wright as a low-end fantasy option heading into Week 13.

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Travis Etienne Dec 1 7:50pm ET
Travis Etienne

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (foot) and wide receiver Zay Jones (chest) were both limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Etienne suffered a minor left foot sprain last week, and the Jaguars admitted that they held him out of the rest of the Week 12 game as a precaution. Backup JaMycal Hasty may have been a popular waiver-wire addition this week, but all signs are pointing toward Etienne suiting up as a strong RB2 for fantasy managers this Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Jones is coming off a career game (11 catches for 145 yards) and is also on the right track to play this weekend in a good matchup. Consider him an intriguing upside WR3/flex play in Week 13.

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Jerry Jeudy Dec 1 7:40pm ET
Jerry Jeudy

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) was not practicing on Thursday. Jeudy has yet to practice this week and is trending towards missing his third straight game with an ankle injury in Week 13 when the team takes on the Baltimore Ravens on the road. The 23-year-old last suited up in the Week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans and was injured early in that contest. If Jeudy misses another game -- KJ Hamler (hamstring) also remains out indefinitely -- Courtland Sutton and Kendall Hinton will continue to serve as Denver's top wideouts. In the Broncos low-scoring offense, only Sutton can realistically be started in standard 12-team leagues.

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Lamar Jackson Dec 1 7:30pm ET
Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (quadriceps) was officially a full participant in practice on Thursday. Jackson was unable to finish Wednesday's practice due to a quadriceps injury, but it's a great sign that he didn't have any restrictions a day later. The 25-year-old dual-threat signal-caller shouldn't have any problems playing this Sunday against the Denver Broncos, where he'll be a must-start QB1 for fantasy managers. Jackson has left something to be desired on a weekly basis at the QB position in fantasy, but he still ranks as the overall QB5 and is second in the NFL in rushing yards at his position. The Broncos defense isn't the easiest matchup for opposing QBs, but fantasy managers shouldn't be benching Jackson.

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Pat Freiermuth Dec 1 7:30pm ET
Pat Freiermuth

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth has caught at least four passes in all but three of his games played in the 2022 season. He will look to stay hot on the road against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Atlanta's defense is allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the tight end position in 2022, setting Freiermuth up for a plus matchup. With just one touchdown on 71 targets in 2022, Freiermuth is due for some positive touchdown regression. Fantasy gamers can trust Freiermuth as a top-six option heading into Week 13.

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Deebo Samuel Dec 1 7:30pm ET
Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (quadriceps) wasn't seen at practice on Thursday in the portion open to the media. Samuel was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday, so perhaps the Niners are just giving him a veteran's day of rest ahead of their big Week 13 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. The 26-year-old's status is up in the air, but if he does play this Sunday, he could see more work out of the backfield with running back Elijah Mitchell (knee) out six to eight weeks with another MCL sprain. Samuel hasn't been nearly as productive in fantasy in 2022 as he was last year, but he still checks in as the WR20 in half-point PPR scoring. He'll be facing a Miami defense that has been tough on opposing wideouts in terms of fantasy points in the last three games.

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Kaiir Elam Dec 1 7:20pm ET
Kaiir Elam

With Buffalo Bills starting cornerback Tre'Davious White (knee) expected to play a bit more in his second game of the season on Thursday night against the New England Patriots, first-round rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam is a healthy scratch. White, a two-time Pro Bowler, played just 16 defensive snaps in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions last Thursday, but he's expected to take on a much bigger role in Week 13. In his first year in the NFL, Elam has had his ups and downs and currently has 34 tackles (24 solo), two interceptions and three passes defensed in nine games played (six starts) for the Bills. Buffalo will surely need him down the stretch if they want to make a run to the Super Bowl.

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Josh Jacobs Dec 1 7:20pm ET
Josh Jacobs

Las Vegas Raiders running backs Josh Jacobs (calf) and Brandon Bolden (calf) were both limited in practice on Thursday for the second straight day. The Raiders were hoping Jacobs would be available to play in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers after he aggravated his left calf injury in Week 12, and all signs are pointing toward Jacobs being available. The 24-year-old is now the overall RB1 in half-point PPR scoring after going off for a career-high 229 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries last Sunday. He also caught six of seven targets for a season-high 74 yards in the overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks. If Jacobs is active on Sunday, which is looks like he will be, he's an absolute must-start RB1 against the Chargers' shaky run defense.

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George Pickens Dec 1 7:20pm ET
George Pickens

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens is coming off a three-catch, 57-yard outing against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12. Pickens has a chance for a big game in a plus matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on the road in Week 13. The Falcons are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to enemy wide receivers in 2022 while their pass defense ranks just 29th in DVOA. The entire Pittsburgh passing offense has been inconsistent this season but Pickens is worth a look as a high-end WR3 heading into Week 13.

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Jakobi Meyers Dec 1 7:10pm ET
Jakobi Meyers

New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (shoulder) is officially active for the Week 13 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The assumption was that Meyers would play after being limited throughout the week. He injured his shoulder during last Thursday's game, but will be cleared to play this Thursday. The 26-year-old has been the most consistent fantasy contributor out of the wideouts in New England this season. He could have low-end WR3 or flex appeal for this Thursday Night matchup.

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Diontae Johnson Dec 1 7:10pm ET
Diontae Johnson

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is averaging 8.6 targets per game in 2022 but he continues to do very little with all of those looks. Johnson has gone over 60 receiving yards just twice all season and has yet to score a touchdown. He will look to break out on the road against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. The Falcons have struggled to defend wide receivers in 2022, allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to the position thus far. Johnson has a prime matchup but his struggles to produce in the Pittsburgh passing game leave him as a low-end WR3 heading into Week 13.

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Mike Williams Dec 1 7:00pm ET
Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (ankle) did not suit up for practice on Thursday. The good news is, Williams was working on the side with trainers, so it appears he's making progress. Despite that, Williams is viewed on the downside of questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. Keenan Allen is a must-start with Williams out, while Joshua Palmer and DeAndre Carter could be possible streaming options for Week 13. Fantasy managers should check back on Friday to see if Williams is able to return to practice.

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DeVonta Smith Dec 1 6:50pm ET
DeVonta Smith

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (groin) was limited once again during practice on Thursday. The 24-year-old has been limited in back-to-back practices, which could possibly be for rest purposes. Fantasy managers should consider Smith on the optimistic side of questionable for the Week 13 matchup with the Tennessee Titans. This season, Smith has been a top-30 wideout, but the Titans have a good secondary. Fantasy managers should consider Smith a low-end WR2, assuming he plays. Otherwise A.J. Brown could see his usage skyrocket.

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Justin Fields Dec 1 6:40pm ET
Justin Fields

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (shoulder) was able to get in a full practice session on Thursday. The 23-year-old appears to be trending in the right direction for the Week 13 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Last week, Fields sat out, which resulted in Trevor Siemian (oblique) drawing the start. The Bears will likely be forced to start Nathan Peterman against the Packers if Fields is unable to play. Fields will be a must-start QB1, assuming he plays on Sunday. Fantasy managers will have to check back for another update after Friday's practice session.

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Kenny Pickett Dec 1 6:40pm ET
Kenny Pickett

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett draws a plus matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Atlanta is allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks while their pass-defense DVOA ranks just 29th in the league. That being said, it remains to be seen whether Pickett is able to take advantage of this excellent matchup. The rookie quarterback has just three passing touchdowns through eight games and has yet to post more than one passing score in a single game at this point in his career. Treat Pickett as a low-end QB2 heading into Week 13.

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Jelani Woods Dec 1 6:40pm ET
Jelani Woods

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods (quad, shoulder) was forced to sit out of Thursday's practice. This marks back-to-back days that Woods has been forced to miss practice. Last week, Woods finished with eight receptions for 98 yards, but has been barely involved prior to that game. It sounds like both Kylen Granson and Mo Alie-Cox will be healthy for Week 13. They'd likely see an uptick in value if Woods is unable to play. Fantasy managers shouldn't be counting on a repeat performance from Woods even if he does play.

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Jaylen Warren Dec 1 6:40pm ET
Jaylen Warren

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren is expected to play against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 after being inactive with a hamstring strain in Week 12. Warren could take over the lead-back role in Pittsburgh depending on the status of Najee Harris (oblique). Harris injured himself in Week 12 and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, putting his status in jeopardy for Week 13. If Harris does not play, Warren should lead the way against an Atlanta defense that is allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Warren sets up as an RB2 if Harris is out and a decent flex option even if Harris does play in Week 13.

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