Found November 09, 2011 on
Thoughts from the Dark Side:
The Raiders have been stung by the injury bug of late. The latest injury has rookie starter Demarcus Van **** on the shelf. He will be replaced as starting right corner back by Lito Sheppard of whom the Raiders just signed as a free agent just nine days ago.
Lito becomes the fourth starter at the right corner spot for the Raiders. The season began with Chris Johnson as the starter. He was injured in the second game of the season and rookie Chimdi Chekwa took over as the starter. Then Chekwa went down with injury and Demarcus Van **** took over the starting job.
Van **** has held down the starting spot since the fourth game of the season and has done a tremendous job. He leads the team in catch percentage. Now he too has suffered an injury that will sideline him.
Luckily for the Raiders, Chekwa also looks as if he will be healthy enough to play on Thursday night when the team travels to San Diego. He will be the third corner.
As for Lito, he was brought into Raider training camp late and was hoping to hang on among a group of very young corners but didn't make the final roster. Now the 30 year old former Pro Bowler will get his shot to show the Raiders and the rest of the NFL that he still has some gas left in the tank.
The Raiders will need every drop of fuel he can give them to slow down Philip Rivers and the high-powered Charger offense.
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A look at my NFL weekly predictions for Week 10.
Full predictions come out Saturday.
Last Week: 7-7
Last Week against the spread: 8-5
This Week: 0-0
This Week against the spread: 0-0
Overall against the spread: 57-59-6
Oakland Raiders (4-4) at San Diego (4-4)
Prediction: San Diego 28, Oakland 17
Spread Pick: San Diego -7
Nov 10, 8:20 PM | Grass of Qualcomm Stadium
Oakland Raiders vs San Diego Chargers Odds
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