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Oakland Raiders Vs. San Diego Chargers: Fan’s Perspective
Thursday night will bring the Oakland Raiders playing against the San Diego Chargers. As a Raiders fan who's in love with a Chargers fan, it may be a difficult night to get through. The first problem is the game is only on the NFL Network, so you need cable or satellite to watch it. I'm waiting for the NFL to get with the program and start offering individual games via pay-per-view.
The game looks like a close match-up to me, here's my analysis of the key stats:
New Oakland Raider QB Carson Palmer(notes) is a proven professional who, although caused a lot of trouble when playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, will do well in Oakland. I think Chargers QB Philip Rivers(notes) is a joke who just keeps throwing interceptions and turning over the ball, causing his team to lose.
Running is an area where the Chargers have done well this year, behind the strength of Ryan Mathews(notes) and Mike Tolbert(notes). The Raiders have seen great games from Darren McFadden(notes) and Michael Bush(notes), but McFadden has been injured and won't play against the Chargers.
Distracting off-field issues
The Oakland Raiders are still recovering from the loss of their iconic leader, Al Davis. I think the spirit of Mr. Davis is with the team, and I have a feeling they will win the Super Bowl this year, in his memory. Beyond the passing of Mr. Davis, I think the team is having big stadium problems, as they must find an alternative to the very old Oakland Coliseum and have been unable to make a deal for a new stadium, and have been unwilling to share a new stadium with the San Francisco 49ers.
Similarly, the Chargers face issues with Qualcomm Stadium and I think will end up moving to Los Angeles to play as early as next season.
The Chargers defense looks stronger on paper, but I'm not sure it will be enough to win what I think will be a close game. The Chargers have allowed fewer total yards per game, fewer passing and rushing yards per game. Most importantly they've allowed only 25.5 points per game, compared to the Raiders' 27.
Although born and raised with Eagles fans in Philadelphia, Freddy Sherman has always been a citizen of Raider Nation at heart. Since his dad got him a signed George Blanda football as child, to meeting Lyle Alzado in the 1980s, he hasn't looked back. Follow him on twitter @thefredsherman
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