Chargers Game Preview vs, Raiders: Analysis, Predictions


One more time. If there’s a theme for the San Diego Chargers heading into their season finale with the Oakland Raiders that has to be it. If you believe the reports, the six-year period where Norv Turner was the head coach and the 10-year period where A.J. Smith was the general manager is about to come to end.


One thing, however, stands in the way, and that’s a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium.

“Certainly it’s been a disappointing season to say the least,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said this week. “But we get one more game. It’s the only one we can control. It’s the one on Sunday. There’s a lot to be said about finishing this the right way.”

In the minds of Chargers’ fans, the right way would to get back to winning ways against Oakland. In Turner’s first three years as San Diego’s head coach, he went 6-0 against the Chargers most-bitter rival.

Since 2010, Turner has a losing record against his former team, going 2-3 (including this year’s win in Week 1).

If there is a “right way” to finish things off for this season, it’s also going to coincide with San Diego’s first sweep of the Raiders since the 2009 season.

And if that happens, the Chargers—who have always taken the blame away from Turner for their failures the last three years—can give their coach a proper send off.

“It’s hard because you put in a lot of time, in this case six years with this group,” Rivers said. “This particular team, we’ve been going since this April, then we’re going to scatter and who knows how many will be back in four months. It can be sad on Sunday, but it in a lot of ways it can be exciting if we go out and finish it the right way.”

If San Diego played as efficiently as it did last week in its win over the New York Jets, then it might finish the 2012 season the way it began—with a win over the Raiders.

The high-point last week was the Chargers’ ability to fluster Jets quarterback Greg McElroy. San Diego sacked the second-year man out of Alabama a season-high 11 times.

Offensively, San Diego played as mistake free in weeks. Rivers pushed his interception-less streak to three games last week and the team had no fumbles—the first time since beating Pittsburgh two weeks ago. And the team scored at least 27 points for the first time since a 31-13 win over Kansas City on Nov. 1.

“I don’t buy into the mindset of not playing for anything, because obviously didn’t have last week the motivation of playing for the playoffs of playing to knock someone out of the playoffs,” Turner said. “A bunch of the guys played as well as they ever played, and defensively when you go get 11 sacks, there’s obviously a lot of effort spent.”

The aggressive defense may cause problems for Oakland. With veteran quarterback Carson Palmer out for Sunday’s game, the Raiders will have to rely on either Terrell Pryor or Matt Leinart.

While Leinart got the start last week—throwing for 115 yards on 16-of-32 passing with zero touchdowns and one interception—he has split time in practice this week with Pryor.

And coach Dennis Allen said that no decision has been made about who is starting Sunday.

Either way, what the Chargers brought defensively to New York is of great concern to the staff from the Bay Area.

“When you get the backup, a guy that hadn’t had as many snaps, the guy who hadn’t seen all the looks throughout the season,” Allen told reporter this week, “you’re going to try to give him a few more looks and make sure you can affect them.”

Prediction: The Raiders are even more hapless than the Chargers. Leinart is ineffective and Raiders coach Dennis Allen publicly stated that Terrell Pryor wasn’t even ready to be a backup last week. Oakland’s running game will not help them either. Featured back Darren McFadden is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry—not enough to take the pressure off of whoever starts for the Raiders on Sunday. Defensively, Oakland is ranked 21st in the NFL and they give up 5.8 yards per play (thanks pro-football-reference.com).

As of Thursday, Vegas hasn’t put a line on this game. But I’ll take the first week win and give San Diego at least one more touchdown. Chargers win this one and give Norv Turner a late Christmas gift. Chargers 28 Raiders 10.

Written by Gerald Nicdao

December 28, 2012

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5 comments:

RaiderHater said... Dec 28, 2012, 8:42:00 AM

OK...YES...FINALLY it is time for the Raiders to come to Bolt-land!!! Yeap, this season was nothing but a disaster, alas we are in highest hopes of seeing AJ helping load Norv's U-Haul and visa versa come Monday!! But for now, it becomes serious...serious time to smack around the "Faiders" and send them back to their prison or as they call it the Oakland Coliseum. Oh the Q will be filled with the usual gang banger wanna be Raider folks dressed up in their cute Halloween outfits bragging about their dominance of owning the cellar of the AFC West! And they will share their stories of how many signs along the freeway they tagged without getting caught, or how many people they tried to run off the road on the trip or just how many "birds" they got to flip at innocent passers by so they had the "fear of the Raiders" in their eyes...Ha, they need to fear the lightning strikes up their ass this Sunday...I would love to see us beat the sack record for a game and let's see whichever QB they bring brought down uhhhh I like the number 15! And Rivers and his not so band of re-nouns can put up some points so the new bosses (whoever it will be) can see we have some talent and just need a few pieces and a real "holding you ass accountable" coach. I hope Spanos sees how much of the Black and Silver (gang colors) will be in our stadium instead of the power blue and gold...that is the only reason we have it on TV. Fugggget playing down for draft positions Chargers...this is the most hated Team of the Bolts and they deserve an old fashion ass whopping just to remind them of who we are...WE ARE THE Muther F'n San Diego Chargers (just don't look at our record for this year)!!!
THE RAIDERHATER

Nick in PB said... Dec 28, 2012, 9:48:00 AM

RH... it's your favorite week of the year!!! It's Raider week and I can't wait! Send them back to Oakland beaten, bruised and bloodied!!!! Raider fans have to be the most pathetic creatures on earth. Al David fleeced them. Basically, an old prison style, up the yazoo, pounding and they are still his bitches! hahahaha Yes, they'll come in droves like they have a chance and they'll go home (or to jail) saddened and red-faced. But they'll be back again next year, spreading their cheeks for Al Davis's corpse. I just hope we put a beat down on them so they never come back. I hate the fact that they are going to be in our house, arrogant little bitches, talking smack to the Charger fans as if they belong here. They don't! C'mon Deano, bring us a heead coach that will return us to a dominant West Division team again that way the stadium will be filled with Charger fans again, the way it should be!!! Go BOLTS!!!

Nick in PB said... Dec 28, 2012, 9:49:00 AM

RH... that might have been your best post yet! Loved it... I give it a 10!!!

RaiderHater said... Dec 28, 2012, 10:19:00 AM

))))- Ha Ha Nick said they are Al's bitches...yeah buddy!!! It is my week to celebrate, I have been practicing up on gang and jail mate street lingo so any Raider fans I run across (or over) I can chat with in their own language...and "my bitch" is certainly one of the phrases I shall use (and that they clearly understand)!!! I gotta go get fitted for my Kevlar reinforced Charger jersey, Raider fans always pack some form of weapon like a prison shank (they learn that when they are bottle feeding babies, usually Budweiser is in that bottle)...and you gotta be ready in case they get aggressive so a little protection goes a long way!!! Ha Ha...Nick - Power Up Go Bolts!!!
RaiderHater

Nick in PB said... Dec 29, 2012, 10:21:00 AM

hahaha... you'll have to figure out all those finger gestures they use when they "sign" each other. But there is only one finger gesture you need to know when dealing with Raider fans at the Q and that's the almighty middle finger! Go RH... Go Bolts!

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