San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders: Bold Predictions for Each Team

The San Diego Chargers travel to the Coliseum to take on the Oakland Raiders, to cap off the NFL’s Week 1 slate tonight.

As unpredictable as the AFC West has been the past few seasons, tonight’s matchup should fall right in line with that trend.

Sunday’s NFL games taught us that nothing in this league is guaranteed, as the New Orleans Saints fell to the Robert Griffin III led Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions barely took care of business and that Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning.

As the NFL’s opening weekend comes to an end, did the games really teach us anything about how the 2012 season will shake out? And what better way to close out Week 1 than to have two middling franchises possibly give us the best game we’ve seen thus far?

The Chargers begin the post-Vincent Jackson era, so it will be interesting to see how quarterback Philip Rivers can adjust. And the Raiders always seem to be in flux, but actually appear to have a sense of stability with an entirely new front office and the hope that Darren McFadden can finally put together a completely healthy season.

Here is one bold prediction for each team in Monday night’s opener:


San Diego Receiving Targets Make it Easy for Fans to Forget about Vincent Jackson

The Chargers lost wide receiver Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the offseason.

However, Rivers is still Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates seems to have a bit left in the tank as well.

San Diego also returns Malcolm Floyd, and was able to lure Robert Meachem away from the Saints' high flying passing attack in New Orleans as well.

With running back Ryan Mathews not expected back until Week 2, the Chargers will need to rely on Rivers if they plan on exiting Oakland with a victory tonight.

With the Raiders f...

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