This Sunday the San Diego Chargers have absolutely nothing to play for besides raining on Oakland’s potential playoff parade. If there was ever a time for the Dolts to take pride in something it would be now.
Norv Turner is a lame duck coach (again). Vincent Jackson could be playing his final game as a Charger (if he plays at all). The San Diego offensive line was destroyed by Kamerion Wimbley and the Raiders in their first meeting and not much has changed with that Charger O-line since.
Yep, all signs would indicate a San Diego effort only JaMarcus Russell could respect.
But that is exactly why the Raiders cannot take the Chargers lightly. There is nothing worse than getting into a fight with someone who has no future. What are they worried about? There is nothing to be lost and only the opportunity to gain.
This former rivalry never really was a rivalry. The Raiders own the Chargers in this series even after spotting San Diego a near decade of dominance. Still, the bad blood between these two runs deep.
I’m sure Cry Baby Philip would like nothing more than to notch a win in Oakland spoiling any chance the Raiders had of making it to the postseason.
For all we know this could be the one week Norv Turner actually holds his players accountable. This could be the first time you see a Norv Turner coached team play with a sense of purpose.
Simply put Hue Jackson can’t leave anything in the tank. He’s got to expend every last trick play, surprise tactic and get every once of toughness out of his men. There are no style points in professional football. The BCS this ain’t.
Therefore the manner in which this game is played is unimportant. Only one result matters.
Just win, baby!