San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Preview

The Chargers Head to Oakland; Look to Light Up the Black Hole               

Brody Burns  Oct. 7, 2014

The San Diego Chargers are looking “Super” right now. The team, which annihilated the Jets on Sunday, has won four games in a row, is the only team to beat the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks this season, and finds themselves in the middle of an easy three-week run where they don’t have to leave the state of California.

One of the major reasons the Chargers are dominating is that they are getting it done in all three phases of the game.

On offense, Philip Rivers is the league MVP five games into the season. His stats are astounding, so far this year he’s gone 116-165 for 1,443 yards and 12 touchdowns against 2 interceptions. This start makes him the most prolific passer through the first five weeks of the season.

Rivers season through the first five weeks:

  • #1 ranked QB in the league in Total QBR (84.8);
  • #1 in traditional QB Rating (116.3);
  • #1 in completion percentage (70.3%);
  • #2 in touchdowns (12).

On Defense, the Chargers are the No. 1 scoring defense, yielding a measly 12.6 points per game, and are the No. 3 defense in yards per game. The defense has forced 8 takeaways through five games, has notched 12 sacks, and 3 interceptions.

Finally on Special Teams, the Chargers have yet to miss a field goal or extra point and have the most punts by any team inside the 20. Overall the team is No. 1 in turnover differential (+6).

Oakland’s Dismal Demise (Since 2003-04 season)
Record 53-127
Winning Percentage .2944
Playoff Appearances 0
Head Coaches 8
Starting QBs 18
Last Playoff Appearance 2002
Record Against Chargers 5-17

Everything is working. And it will only get better this Sunday as the Chargers travel to Oakland.

There is no NFL franchise that has been as wretched as the Raiders over the past decade. And they are wretched. The only thing they excel at is somehow brain-washing their fan base into continuing to waste money on such an abysmal product. Literally, if a Raider fan were to light their money on fire, it would probably be more satisfying than supporting this mess.

The Raiders 2014 offseason was very “Raider-like.” They let two of their best players leave in free agency (DE/OLB Lamarr Houston and OT Jared Veldheer) then spent big money on free agents DE Justin Tuck and OLB LaMarr Woodley (both over the age of 30). Follow that with trading a sixth round pick for Matt Schaub, who you then sign to a 2 year, $13.5 million contract, only for him to be your backup quarterback. This makes absolutely no sense when you are drafting your quarterback of the future in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. These offseason moves have made the Raiders the oldest team in the league. Being the oldest team in the league is not a bad thing, if you are contending. But when a team is 0-4, and looks like they should be playing on Saturdays, the strategy makes little sense.

Sunday will look much like the past decade in this once competitive rivalry. The Chargers will dominate the game, win by more than two touchdowns, and Rivers will continue to light up the competition. For the Raiders, I honestly don’t see them with even a chance at winning a game until week 13 at St. Louis.

Chargers 28, Raiders 10

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