The San Diego Chargers come to Oakland to meet the Raiders today, in a game the Raiders must win to have a chance at post-season glory. The Chargers at 7-8, have already been eliminated from playoff contention but would love to play spoiler against a long-time rival.
Win or lose this will most certainly be the last time Norv Turner leads the Chargers into battle as he is expected to be fired as soon as Monday morning. The season has been a total disappointment for a team expected by many to be Super Bowl contenders.
The Raiders will look to bully the Chargers into just calling it a season. Just as when the Raiders went down the coast on November 10th, expect a heavy dose of Michael Bush. In that game Bush lugged the rock 30 times for 157 yards in a 24-17 Raiders victory.
That earlier game was vintage Raider football that Al Davis would have been proud to see. As the defense tried to cheat up to stop Bush, Carson Palmer burned them deep in throwing for 299 yards on only 14 completions. Look for the Raiders to take their shots against a Chargers secondary that looked awful last week against the Lions.
Injuries are definitely a factor here as the Raiders will be missing Darren McFadden for the ninth straight game and have several other players who are questionable at best. Meanwhile, the Chargers have some guys in Mike Tolbert, Ryan Matthews and Vincent Jackson who may not take a chance with minor injuries due to the game having no real meaning for the Chargers. I'll give injury updates closer to game time.