To say the Oakland Raiders have a recent history of losing is like saying that Kanye West has a mild case of megalomania. Simply summing it up as “losing” is to understate just how awful the Raiders have been since 2003. An NFL worst for any franchise over a six year stretch has amounted to just 24 wins.
Of the 72 losses the Raiders have suffered in just over a half decade, 11 have come at the hands of the San Diego Chargers.
Tonight, the Raiders once again will get a chance to end a six year draught against San Diego and will do so with the entire football world watching. The stage is set and the drama is real.
Al Davis traded a first round pick for Richard Seymour specifically for moments like this. Seymour’s drama filled week ended with a late weekend arrival. Now, Raider Nation is hoping that their new run stopping Superman is actually the kryptonite to slow Raider killer LaDainian Tomlinson.
According to reports, Seymour will see extensive action in his Oakland debut. Good news for Tom Cable who desperately needed an upgrade on the defensive line if his coaching tenure in the East Bay is to be more Madden than Callahan. It is now Cable’s job to reintroduce the Raiders to the world by first reminding the Charger faithful who still holds the upper hand in this so-called rivalry.
If the Raiders went another six years without beating the Bolts, the all-time series would be even. However, Cable doesn’t have another six years – let alone six months – if he can’t solve the mystery of the decade for the Raiders; beating the Bolts.
Not many outside of California are expecting much of the Raiders. After being mocked on draft day, lampooned for an investigation into a broken jaw and written off after a week long Seymour hold out, the entire Raider franchise has all the motivation it needs. Now it is time for Cable to rally his troops and remind them of the feelings they embraced at the end of 2008.
There is no tomorrow in the NFL, only here and now. Here is a chance for Tom Cable to resurrect the Raider way of football and now is the time. Ending the streak of six losing seasons is the goal, beating the Chargers is the first mission. Since the odds of a return to the championship level in one year are long, tonight might as well be Cable’s Super Bowl.
Raiders: OUT: WR Chaz Schilens (foot). DOUBTFUL: WR Nick Miller (shin), T Khalif Barnes (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: RB Justin Fargas (hamstring). PROBABLE: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (wrist), LB Krik Morrison (elbow), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder).
Chargers: QUESTIONABLE: DE Jacques Cesaire (calf). PROBABLE: T Marcus McNeill (hand).
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