Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Takeo Spikes (second from right) is held back by teammates as he argues with referee John Parry (center, white cap) after being ejected during the second quarter as Oakland Raiders guard Cooper Carlisle (66) looks on at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders likely to switch home dates with San Diego Chargers due to MLB Playoffs

The Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers could be flipping home and away dates from the looks of the MLB standings these days. The Chargers meet up with Oakland on Week 5 and Week 16 of the regular season for their annual AFC West grudge matches, but the game in Week 5 could have a schedule conflict with the Oakland A’s baseball team and the playoffs.

Currently the Oakland A’s are in first in the AL West with 21 games left and barring a massive collapse they will at least be in the Wild Card which could still put the Raiders-Chargers game on October 6 in danger.

It seems likely that the Raiders will make a switch for those two games and we will have to head to Oakland late in the season. As everyone in Oakland knows the A’s and Raiders share the same building and it is not too uncommon for baseball to push out football as we recently witnessed with the Baltimore Orioles and the Ravens and the drama surrounding the NFL Season Kickoff that was ultimately played in Denver. It seems that a similar eviction is going to be imposed upon Oakland.

If it does go through it will be a letdown for the Raiders as the Chargers game at home is a winnable game in 2013 for Oakland and instead of playing at the now Dennis Allen is likely contending with the Broncos, Redskins, and a road game in San Diego for a three week stretch.

The switch is still not official and the league is pushing for the Raiders to make the switch as soon as possible. The decision will likely come shortly.

Source: SF Gate

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