Domination Against AFC West Rivals Determines Oakland Raiders Success

The road to success for the Oakland Raiders will be determined by its wins against rival teams in 2010. In particular, the San Diego Chargers.

The Raiders face the Chargers on October 10th and December 5th. These games will be key for the Silver and Black and a determinant of its future achievements.

Since the 1960 the Oakland Raiders have dominated the San Diego Chargers when it comes to overall wins. Currently the Raider govern San Diego when it comes to overall wins with 54 wins vs. San Diegos 44 wins.

There was a wider gap nine years ago when the Raiders played with superiority.  That play has been lost. Recently, the San Diego Chargers, alongside long- time RB LaDanian Tomlinson have defeated the Silver and Black continuously. Its been pure frustration for the Oakland Raiders and its loyal fans.

In fact, for a spell even the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos have looked at the Raider games as easy wins. Tom Cable however helped turn those games into wins for the Raiders and it seems the curse was lifted. Yes I called it a "curse".

In 2010 the Oakland Raiders are looking much improved. There has been little media drama since the arrival of coach Tom Cable, unless of course you count the boxing rounds with his ex-wife and an assistant coach. Tom Cable and the Oakland Raider organization handled those issues professionally and as of this season remain silent.

But looking back at the draft and recent signings it appears that Al Davis is once again putting together a world class, playoff bound , Oakland Raider squad.

So can the Oakland Raiders in all reality defeat the San Diego Chargers and reclaim a title it held for decades? The answer seems to be a strong YES. Yes because of the new camaraderie in Oakland. Yes because of the new workouts, players and mentality of the team. Yes because the Oakland Raiders removed cancerous players (JaMarcus Russell and Javon Walker)...

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