Thursday night football should be a dandy. The Chargers-vs- the Raiders.
It’s had meaning in the past. It’s very important for the here and now.
The storyline should be the big arm quarterbacks, Philip Rivers-vs-Derek Carr.
It might be the huge matches, how the Raiders can defend Mike Williams-Keenan Allen-Hunter Henry.
It could be how Oakland protects its quarterback with two injured offensive lineman out as they lineup against Joey Bosa-Melvin Ingram.
Some would say the big question will be how the Bolts defend the heavy duty running back Josh Jacobs, the rookie from Alabama, averaging (4.9YPC).
Others think the Raiders will present problems when they throw to TE-Devin Waller, Ethan Moreau and receiver Tyrell Williams.
One wonders what the Raiders would have been like had Antonio Brown-Vontze Burfcit not melted down early in the season.
The Bolts defense did a great job last week in stunning Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. last weekend.
The Raiders have won some tough road games, and are playing better and better week by week, protecting Carr, and hitting big plays.
The Chargers defense has had to fight thru injuries. The Raiders ultra young defense is giving up (390YPG).
Each team is desperate for a win now, considering there are 4-teams ahead of the 4-win Bolts and Silver & Black, in the chase ahead for the 2-wildcard spots.
The winner may stay alive, the loser is likely done.
There’s so much history between these two franchises dating back to the old AFL days, the Al Davis regime, the Air Coryell years, Ross & Schottenheimer, and obviously the run that Philip Rivers has had.
Oddly, there is so much hurt left behind, with the Chargers move out of San Diego, and the Raiders flight at the end of this season to Las Vegas.
But for one night, there is a lot on the line in this Thursday night game.
Look for the Bolts to put up big numbers. The only way the Raiders win this is to run the ball, control the clock, scores some points, and make Rivers stand on the sidelines for much of the night.
Chargers 28-Raiders 16