Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/10/12

Oakland Raiders: The death of Al Davis led to a house cleaning that began with the firing of Hue Jackson and the rest followed.

Enter the youngest head coach, Dennis Allen.

A 33-year-old quarterback with a full camp under his belt and a group of talented, young wide receivers, the Raiders have a new way of thinking and a new confidence instilled.

This organization is looking to take a step in the right direction this season. 

Darren McFadden is one of the league's elite backs and if he can stay healthy for the entire season, he could win the rushing title with ease.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is coming off his best season as a pro and should continue to grow this season with Carson Palmer at the helm.

Jacoby Ford has already been ruled out for Week 1 and Denarius Moore is tagged with the questionable status.

Good starts: Darren McFadden

Middle of the road: Darrius Heyward-Bey

Bad starts: Carson Palmer, Denarius Moore

 

San Diego Chargers: A season where the Chargers are looking to recover from a disappointing 2011 campaign.

After finishing with an 8-8 record and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season all signs led to the firing of Norv Turner.

Going away from the NFL "norm" the Chargers brought back Coach Turner, in which has to be his last chance, for the 2012 season.

Ryan Mathews was expected to be the workhorse back this season for the Chargers, but that was short lived however with Mathews breaking his collarbone on his first carry of the preseason.

The match-up against the Oakland Raiders this week is to the liking of Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd who is known to torch the Raiders' secondary.

Good starts: Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates

Middle of the road: Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal, Robert Meachem

Bad starts: Ronnie Brown, Curtis Brinkley



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