Chargers Vs Raiders
After a decade of difficult seasons there is optimism in Oakland. Under the leadership of General Manager Reggie McKenzie the Raiders have improved the overall talent and depth of the franchise, building through the draft as well as adding some key veterans in free agency. This offseason the Raiders made some key free agent acquisitions designed to improve key positions like defensive end and running back. After struggling to rush the passer for the last few seasons the Raiders signed two former Pro Bowler's, Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley. Both Tuck and Woodley are proven veterans with multiple ten plus sack seasons in the past. As a tandem they should give the Raiders a significant upgrade in the pass rush in the tough AFC West, a division that sent three of its four teams to the playoffs last season.
Offensively the Raiders acquired Matt Schaub, formerly of the Houston Texans, to take over the quarterback position, and former UCLA star Maurice Jones-Drew to add to their overall depth at running back. Schaub had a difficult final season in Houston, but he's still relatively young and has proven over the years that he is an above average NFL quarterback. Jones-Drew has been one of the top running backs in the league over the past five seasons, but had a shortened 2012 due to injury and played behind a poor Jaguars offensive line in 2013. Jones-Drew should create a solid running back combination with incumbent Darren McFadden, provided the two players can stay healthy.
The Chargers will make the trip to Oakland to face the Raiders on Sunday, October 12. The initial Chargers/Raiders game is in the midst of a three-week stretch where the Chargers will play the three other division foes, with visits to Oakland and Denver. After the Chargers week ten bye the Raiders will visit San Diego on November 16th for the teams return matchup.