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(Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE) The San Diego Chargers (2-2) head into the black hole to face their longtime AFC west rival the Oakland Raiders (1-3). You could make an argument that both teams could have a better record, the Chargers are one play in the Titans game and holding a 21 point second half lead in the opener against the Texans to being 4-0, but that’s here nor there. The game time has been pushed back to 8:35 p.m. PDT because of the Oakland Athletics hosting game 2 of the ALDS Saturday night. Because the Raiders and A’s share the stadium, the grounds crew wouldn’t have had enough time to convert the field for the football game. Last week the Raiders were without their starting QB Terrell Pryor, who was recovering from a concussion he suffered last week against the Broncos in week 2. Matt Flynn, who the Raiders had hoped would be their new franchise QB, started but underperformed and has been demoted to 3rd string. Pryor will return to starter according to Oakland coach Dennis Allen. Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin will backup Pryor. Both teams are banged up coming into this matchup, especially the devastating injury to Charger’s veteran linebacker Dwight Freeney. San Diego placed him on the injury reserve after he suffered a torn quadricep in the Dallas game. He was leading the team with 15 quarterback hurries and 3 hits. On the other side, the Raiders backfield situation is in disarray. Darren McFadden is questionable after injuring his hamstring in last week’s game against Washington. Fullback Marceel Reece has been out with a knee injury and has no timetable for his return. Rashad Jennings, who started 10 games last season for the Jaguars after Maurice Jones-Drew was out for the year, will most likely be starting and handling the carries for the Raiders Offense Sunday. Phillip Rivers will try to continue his outstanding start to the season. He is currently second in passing rating (118.8), touchdowns (11), and completion percentage  (73.9), all trialing Peyton Manning. Rivers threw for 401 yards on 35 of 42 passes with 3 touchdowns in the 30-21 win against Dallas last week. He threw his second pick of the season but it was a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage and a pretty easy interception for Dallas Linebacker Sean Lee. Regardless, Rivers has cut down on turnovers and has been lighting up opposing defenses and his 83.3 completion percentage rate against Dallas was the highest in NFL history while also throwing for 400 yards. River’s is getting more and more comfortable in this system every week, and we should continue to see this kind of production. Rivers is 6-1 as a starter in Oakland and the Chargers have dominated this matchup recently, winning 16 of the last 19.

Raiders fans heckle Manti Te'o with creative sign

If the first thing that crossed your mind when the Chargers drafted Manti Te’o earlier this year was, “Oh, man, that poor kid doesn’t know what he’s in for with the Black Hole,” then you are most likely correct. And while the final verdict is still TBD, we’re already getting an idea of what’s in store for star-crossed romantic Manti Te’o. The above image comes from...

Philip Rivers: Don't Call It A Comeback

by Shawn MoranPhilip Rivers has again become relevant in wait for it,wait for it, fantasy football. That's right Philip Rivers he of the 3606 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions a year ago has become viable if not a must start in all league's. Rivers is on pace to set career highs in passing yards and touchdowns (4796 and 44 respectively )with only a projected...

San Diego Chargers: Floyd and Freeney out for the year

This week it was announced that the San Diego Chargers put both wide receiver Malcolm Floyd and linebacker Dwight Freeney on the injured reserve.  This means that for the rest of the season, both players will be unable to play.  This news is a major change for the Chargers because both players had a significant role on the team.  Going forward, both the offense and the defense...

Danario Alexander eyes a return

Danario Alexander doesn't know where his comeback will happen. His focus now is making sure it does. The Chargers wide receiver is rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered Aug. 6 in practice. The ACL tear to his right knee came during a contract year after having undergone five various operations to his left in recent years. Alexander erased any doubt about his...

Rivers prospering in no-huddle, no-hurry offense

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer It turns out that Philip Rivers didn't need to be fixed after two tough seasons. He just needed to be plopped into the no-huddle, no-hurry offense that rookie coach Mike McCoy and his top assistants drew up. Rivers has thrown for 400 yards twice in four games after doing it three times in his...

Watch 1996 Tampa Bay Bucs at San Diego Chargers Full Game

No Bucs game this Sunday? Thats ok..lets go back in time for some wishful thinking. Tony Dungy took over the Bucs in 1996, but it wasnt instant success. He was 0-5 before beating his old team the Vikings at home. Then the Bucs went to 1-8 before they beat the Oakland Raiders after a disfunctional week saw two Bucs not show up or show up late to TWO week events. Dungy did not...

Danny Woodhead is the second coming

You resisted making the comparison because it had seemed too easy. But then the little man in the Chargers uniform lined up in the slot and the defense made the decision to stick a linebacker on him and the little man ran past that linebacker and caught a perfect pass in stride in the end zone. And you had no choice but to exclaim “Philip Rivers has his Sproles back!” We can...

Sit Em. Start Em – Week Five

Sit Em. Start Em – Week Five Start Em Philip Rivers – Rivers continues to impress this season and is looking like a must-start against the lowly Oakland Raiders. He is making the most out of the weapons at his disposal and has already resuscitated the fantasy values of Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates. Rivers comes in as a top-six option this week after putting up top-five numbers...

San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders: Odds, Point Spread, Over/Under and tv info

getty images The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders meet late on Sunday for a match-up of two AFC West teams. San Diego won last week to even it’s record at 2-2 while Oakland is hoping that the return of Terrelle Pryor will provide them with some offense. Coverage of the game between the Chargers and Raiders will air on the NFL Network at 11:35 pm ET. (8:35 pm PT) from Oakland...

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders: 2013 Week 5 NFL Pick

San Diego Chargers (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (1-3) When I did my top-200 players back in August, the Chargers were the only team in the NFL that only had 1 player on the list (safety Eric Weddle). Even the Jaguars (Eugene Monroe, Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts) and the Raiders (Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston) had more than one. They didn’t have a single player on the offensive...

You Interpret: ESPN Refers To Danny Woodhead As “Working Man’s Darren Sproles”

So, ESPN, what are you trying to say here?  Is Darren Sproles not a hard worker?  Does Danny Woodhead work harder than Darren Sproles?  Perhaps there are some racial undertones here as well.  Either way, interesting take on the Chargers running back who is a diminutive dynamo. [sportsgrid] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Something In The Night

Sunday Night would be the one time that a Chargers snuggie would not be such a bad idea.  Unfortunately, FAITHFUL READER, they are no longer making them.  A responsible person would say that there is no way they would watch a game that kicks off at 11:30 PM on a weeknight.  Fortunately for you, I am not a responsible person.  Actually, the person who deserves the most credit...

2013 Fantasy football start em’ sit em’ week 5

Look at some of the big performances just last week. Danny Woodhead? Really? This third down guy is becoming a stud. New TE's pop up every week, and WR's, well anyone any week can get hot. Yes, this years draft is long gone, but maybe a glimpse into the future?
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