Found September 08, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
The final game of the season opening weekend of the NFL will not be watched by a ton of people outside the west coast, unless of course you are addicted to watching every game possible. Many questions both of these quarterbacks in this ball game since one was a former star (Palmer) and many are questioning if the other ever come close to be the same gun-slinger he once was (Rivers). Many look at these two teams as ones that are not the most talented in the NFL, but they certainly still have what it takes to win this AFC West. Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour up front anchor one of the best front fours in the NFL, so Phillip Rivers has his work cut out for him. Ryan Mathews will not be playing with a shoulder injury, but Antonio Gates looks primed and ready to have a bounce back season after having a injury-riddled 2011 season. The loss of Vincent Brown (ankle) will be tough albeit the addition of Robert Meachem certainly helps this team out in the passing game. Ronnie Brown and Capse...

Keys to a Raiders Victory: Week 1 vs. Chargers

After years of the Chargers dominating the head to head matchups, the Oakland Raiders have been much stronger as of late, winning 3 of the last 4. This second of two Monday night matchups has proven to be one of the toughest to predict on this weekend’s slate of games. If the Raiders want to [...]

Full Injury Report: Jacoby Ford Officially Out

Each week we will bring you the official NFL injury status report for the Oakland Raiders and their opponent for the upcoming game.  That report will usually come to you on Friday’s, but since this week’s game is on Monday, we bring you this report today.  You won’t see anything out of the ordinary on [...]

Vincent Brown Has 'Designated to Return' Tag Placed

 A change in the injured reserve rule will aid a fallen Chargers receiver this year.  Prior to the rule change, when an NFL team placed a player on the Injured Reserve, they were unable to play for the entire year. Now, the new rule states that if a player has sustained an injury, he can return to the team and fully participate before week eight of the regular season. However...

Rolando McClain looking to prove that the Raiders can rely on him

According to Dan Parr of, Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain is starting to look like a much improved player going into his third NFL season. “The Raiders expect MLB Rolando McClain to be more of a leader and a more effective defender in his third season. New GM Reggie McKenzie is eager to see how McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft...

Raiders LB Burris eager to play in opener

Oakland rookie Miles Burris has had a tougher time keeping his emotions under control than he has learning the Raiders' defensive schemes. Since being elevated to a starting outside linebacker early in training camp while Aaron Curry continues rehabbing following offseason knee surgery, Burris has stayed busy in the film room and on the field trying to keep pace with the rest...

Chargers' Brown carrying big expectations

It's a question that probably swirls around constantly in the mind of Chargers' head coach Norv Turner: "What can (Ronnie) Brown do for you?" The answer better be "a lot more than we originally expected" because Brown's performance as Ryan Matthews' replacement as the starter at running back could be the difference in the Chargers playing into...

Chargers won’t put Jared Gaither on IR yet

Jared Gaither has been ruled out for week 1 with back spasms, particularly concerning because back spasms are a lingering problem and Gaither missed about a half and a year with back problems from 2010-2011. However, when asked about putting Gaither on IR, Head Coach Norv Turner said “I think that’s way premature.” I agree it is, but it’s definitely a concerning situation...

Will Philip Rivers deliver, or make you shiver?

The San Diego Chargers' window to win a championship is closing rapidly and Rivers' not playing at his best is only going to add to the fire. If Rivers continues to have this erratic play, then the Chargers will not succeed down the stretch.

Ryan Mathews To Miss Monday Night Opener

San Diego Chargers’ running back Ryan Mathews was due to have a huge year this season, but it will have to wait another week to begin. After breaking his clavicle (collarbone) in the first preseason game this year, he’ll be missing the Chargers’ game against Oakland on Monday night according to U-T San Diego. For those of you playing fantasy, Ronnie Brown might be an option...

Fantasy Football News: San Diego Chargers RB Rayn Mathews will not play Week One

It’s now official, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will not play in his team’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders. Mathews is recovering from a broken clavicle and although he returned to the practice filed this week, he has not been cleared for contact. This is an obvious disappointment for Mathews as well as his fantasy owners that we expecting big things this season...

Raiders expect Denarius Moore to be a game time decision

Denarius Moore missed most of the preseason and Training Camp with hamstring problems, despite initially suffering the injury in June, and now it sounds like he’ll be a game time decision. If he doesn’t start, undrafted free agent Rod Streater, an offseason standout, would start as Jacoby Ford is also out with a foot injury. The problem for Moore owners in fantasy football is...

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