Turns out the San Diego Chargers are good for something. At least when it comes to helping pave the path to the playoffs for the Raiders. Last week the San Diego bandwagon lost a few more members when the Dolts rolled over for the Silver and Black giving Oakland a spot atop the AFC West. One week later they’ve helped the Raiders gain an advantage over their next opponent, the Chicago Bears.
After the Chargers went belly-up in Windy City yesterday the biggest news wasn’t another Philip Rivers meltdown. Turns out Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb that looks likely to keep him out of action for the rest of the regular season.
Cutler injured his thumb while trying to tackle Antoine Cason after throwing a Rivers (INT) in the fourth quarter. While Cutler did finish the game a lot of the speculation on how long he will be out revolves around whether or not he’ll need surgery on his throwing hand. Bears’ coach Lovie Smith has confirmed the injury but has yet to set a timetable for Cutler to return.
All this means is the Raiders will most likely be game planning for Caleb Haine instead of Jay Cutler.
Now this does not guarantee a win by any means when Chicago rolls into the East Bay next week. Oakland will still have to deal with the dynamic Devin Hester and do-everything-runner Matt Forte.
Still, this news gives the Raiders an advantage as Cutler is relied upon to make plays for a Bears team that is really in a groove. So if you bump into a Charger on the streets be sure to thank them for helping to contribute to Oakland’s playoff push.